Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Acts to Combat Illegal Robocalls

December 4, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC — Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today acted to help Americans push back on abuse from unwanted robocalls. Olson voted for S.151, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, which includes language from his bill, the Locking Up Robocallers Act of 2019. The bill passed on the House floor by a vote of 417-3.

“With nearly 48 billion robocalls being placed in 2018, it’s past time for our laws to catch up with technology,” Olson said. “I’ve been working to crack down on robocalls in the Energy and Commerce Committee and I’m pleased that we have a bipartisan solution that provides greater authority for the Justice Department to prosecute these crimes and require authentication so Americans can trust the number they are getting a call from is genuine. I’m thrilled the House and Senate have both passed this bill and it heads to the president. We can finally ring in a new era, dial back robocalls and hang up on these criminals.”

S.151, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act will:

  • Implement a nationwide caller authentication system so consumers can again trust that the numbers they see on their caller ID is actually the person calling them.
  • Consumers will be able to block unlawful calls in a consistent and transparent way, at no extra charge.
  • The bill also makes sure that law enforcement and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have the tools, information and incentives to go after robocallers that break the law.