Robocall Bill Passes Senate

The Senate Thursday passed legislation that would enhance the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) enforcement authority over violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and require voice service providers to authenticate and block illegal robocalls.

The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence or TRACED Act, (S. 151) passed on a 97-1 vote. It now moves to the House for consideration.

CUNA has outlined to both the Senate and House additional changes credit unions would like to see in the bill before enactment, though no amendments were considered before the Senate vote.

CUNA has been pressing the FCC to modernize the TCPA and has shared credit union concerns related to the definition of an autodialer and the need for clarity under the TCPA to ensure credit unions can contact their members without fear of breaking the law.