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Senate passes legislation to help stop robocalls, awaits President Trump's signature

Posted at 2:55 PM, Dec 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-21 14:55:24-05

NEW YORK (WKBW) — U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer announced Saturday the Senate has passed the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act.

The TRACED Act now just needs President Trump's signature to become law.

The act would give federal agencies the tools and authority to trace, prosecute, and enforce fines against robocall scammers.

It would also establish new requirements for authentication technology that could filter out robocalls before they reach your phone.

Consumers would also have more access to free robocall blocking technology.

“From every corner of New York there is one thing everyone can agree upon, and that is the enduring hope that the robocalls stop,” said Schumer. “Americans are desperate for a ‘silent night’ free of robocalls this holiday season and beyond and it looks like, if the president acts, they’ll get their wish."

According to a release from Schumer's office, YouMail reported that 47.7 billion robocalls were made in the U.S. in 2018 and there have been over 152.8 million robocalls in the 716 area code in the first 4 months of 2019.