Rep. Welch co-sponsors new legislation to stop robocalls

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If you are sick and tired of receiving robocalls, there might be some relief. Vermont’s lone congressman, Representative Peter Welch (D) has co-sponsored a new piece of legislation. 

It’s called the ‘Stopping Bad Robocalls Act‘, it was presented to the House in February, and now sits in a subcommittee. 

At a press event on Tuesday, Welch introduced 84-year old Kathryn Ottinger of Shelburne, “For a lot of people it can be hard to stand up and walk to the phone, just to hear another robocall.”

Ottinger says she receives around 2 robocalls a day, in fact, she received one before the event on Tuesday morning. 

According to Welch, Vermonters were subjected to 4 million robocalls during the month of April.

Vermont’s Attorney General, TJ Donovan says, he isn’t surprised. Every year his office files 13,000 complaints, many of them are regarding robocalls. 

“It’s not only annoying (robocalls), but they are also dangerous. It’s time for Congress to act! It’s time for the FCC to get some teeth to hold these companies accountable,” said Donovan.

Congressman Welch says there is bipartisan support, everyone hates robocalls. The bill would give the FCC the authority to crack down on the problem which seems to be spreading nationwide. 

“Number one, it would allow consumers to revoke any consent they have previously given,” said Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT).

“It would require calls to have verified caller identification. So there can be some accountability,” he said. And it will lead to enforcement.

You can report a consumer complaint regarding robocalls on the Attorney General’s website.

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