Robocall Bill Passes House with CUNA-suggested Changes

The US House of Representatives Wednesday passed the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (H.R. 3375) by a vote of 429-3. The bill, which is the latest attempt by Congress to curtail fraudulent robocalls, had been amended in recent weeks to address concerns that CUNA raised that the legislation would limit credit unions’ ability to reach their members for legitimate business concerns.

“We appreciate the improvements that were made to this bill through the committee process,” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer. “We look forward to engaging lawmakers further to ensure that Congressional remedies don’t impede credit unions’ ability to communicate with their members.”

Last week, CUNA wrote to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which marked up this legislation, to request three key changes to the bill, including a notice & complaint mechanism for opt-in white-list call blocking, redress for erroneous call blocking by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and cost protection for callers using the notice and complaint process for call-blocking services.

Introduced by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-6), the bipartisan measure has 237 cosponsors including every member of New Jersey’s House delegation.

CUNA also continues to engage with the FCC over the agency’s rulemaking on robocalls (see today’s related story CUNA Submits Comment Letter to FCC on Robocalls Proposed Rulemaking in the Compliance & Regulatory News section).

Click here to read how CUNA is engaging lawmakers in Congress over legislation designed to address robocalls.