Peterson takes action to end unlawful robocalls

July 12, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON- Congressman Collin C. Peterson is cosponsoring H.R. 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, to put an end to the onslaught of unlawful robocalls.

“Like my constituents, I am sick and tired of getting unwanted robocalls,” said Peterson. “Tomorrow and each day after, robocallers will make over 100 million calls harassing, annoying and in some cases scamming people out of their hard earned money. I have heard from many constituents who face predatory or fraudulent scam calls every day which is why I am supporting this common sense legislation to go after these robocallers.”

Each week, Congressman Peterson’s newsletter asks constituents to weigh-in on various policy matters. In his July 5th newsletter, Peterson asked constituents to report how many robocalls they receive. Constituents reported that they received on average 13-15 unwanted robocalls each week. Minnesotans aren’t alone in their suffering. Last year, an estimated 47.8 billion robocalls were made nationwide, a 55% increase over the previous year.

The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act is a common-sense solution to fix this problem and put our constituents back in charge of their phones. This bipartisan bill will implement a nationwide caller authentication system, free for consumers, so they can once again trust the number they see on their caller ID. H.R. 3375 will also give consumers more power to control the calls they receive. It gives law enforcement and the Federal Communications Commission the tools needed to go after robocallers who break the law. 

To report unwanted robocalls or to register for the National Do Not Call Registry, visit donotcall.gov.