News from Representative Walden

   

Dear Friend,

If you’re as sick and tired of illegal robocalls as I am, then you’ll like the fact we’re taking action in Congress to stop them.

Last year, scammers placed 47.8 billion robocalls to phones in the U.S.  In rural Oregon, in June, we received 11.5 million calls from scammers.  This year, nearly half the calls made to cell phones in the U.S. will be spam. These calls are more than just a pesky annoyance. Robocalls perpetuate fraud, threaten personal privacy, infiltrate our health care system, and undermine our communications system. I know this issue is top of mind for those in the Second District because I fielded a question about robocalls at almost every one of the 35 town halls I have held this year. Oregonians and Americans are frustrated by the deluge of spam calls, and I’m helping to lead the effort in Congress to stop them.

Recently, the House passed the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, which will require phone companies to implement call authentication technology to block fake numbers and scammers while making sure consumers have safeguards to prevent important calls from being blocked. The legislation will strengthen penalties against the criminals who carry out these calls, promote public-private partnerships among industry, consumer groups, and the federal government to crack down on these calls, and give Americans the power to protect themselves from illegal robocallers.

The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act builds on legislation that I helped pass last Congress when I chaired the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The RAY BAUM’S Act, named after La Grande native and former state lawmaker, Ray Baum, prohibits spoofing calls or texts originating outside the United States and bolsters the Federal Communications Commission’s authority to crack down on bad actors. The FCC is using these new powers to pursue targeted enforcement actions.  
 
The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act now awaits actions in the Senate. I hope they will act promptly to send this legislation to the President for signing into law.

To learn more about my efforts to advance legislation combatting robocalls, I encourage you to sign up for my eNewsletters so you can stay up to date on that and my other work at home and in Washington D.C.

It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best regards,

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon's Second District


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