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Senate passes bill that Schumer says would kill ‘the plague of robocalls' targeting New Yorkers


Added 05-23-19 04:25:02pm EST - “Senate Republicans and Democrats joined forces Thursday to pass legislation that Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says would put an end to "the plague" of robocalls ?" unwanted scams that target millions of New Yorkers every month.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Senate passes bill that Schumer says would kill ‘the plague of robocalls’ targeting New Yorkers”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Senate Republicans and Democrats joined forces Thursday to pass legislation that Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says would put an end to “the plague” of robocalls — unwanted scams that target millions of New Yorkers every month.

The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence or TRACED Act — which would give federal agencies authority to track robocalls and slap hefty fines on the scam artists who make them — breezed through the Senate in a decisive 97-1 vote.

The bill now moves to the House, where Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged lawmakers to “follow the Senate’s lead and pass it ASAP.”

“I’ve been beating the drum on the plague of robocalls for years now, because there’s very little more annoying to New Yorkers than being woken up in the dead of night by automated calls trying to scam them out of their hard-earned money,” Schumer, who’s a co-sponsor on the bill, said in a statement.

The bill, which was introduced by Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), marks a rare exercise in bipartisanship and would give cellphone providers the ability to authenticate and block unwanted calls while offering law enforcement agencies better resources to criminally prosecute scammers, in addition to levying fines of up to $10,000 per call.

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