The House voted 417-3 today to approve legislation aimed at combating the plague of unwanted robocalls, amid hopes that the Senate will send it to President Donald Trump’s desk in the coming weeks.
The measure, spurred by rising consumer complaints, would bolster the FCC’s powers to crack down on the often-fraudulent calls and would require phone companies to verify callers’ identities. It would also allow consumers to block the calls without paying extra charges.
The vote comes as technology has enabled the problem to surge to record levels: Americans received 49 billion robocalls this year through Oct. 31, exceeding the total for all of 2018, according to the call-blocking firm YouMail. That included 5.7 billion robocalls in October alone.
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