Trump signs robocall bill championed by Welch – Vermont Business Magazine

Robocallers beware – there’s a federal law against misuse of them. It’s passage was led on the floor by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and signed recently by Pres. Donald Trump. But – what about political campaigns?

“Vermonters are fed up with intrusive robocalls that are annoying at best and predatory at worst,” said Welch. “These calls often originate from scam artists intent on ripping off unsuspecting consumers, particularly seniors. This is a bipartisan win for Vermonters that gives the FCC the tools it needs to be the cop on the beat to go after these bad actors.”

Robocalls have dramatically increased in Vermont and nationally. In 2018, 47 billion robocalls were made in the United States, representing a 64 percent increase over 2016. In 2016, scams involving robocalls cost 22 million Americans a total of $9.5 billion.


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