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house Bill H.R. 805

If You're on the "Do Not Call" Registry, Should You Be Safe From Political Robocalls?

Argument in favor

Pre-recorded political phone calls should be subject to the same rules as all other telemarketing calls. If a person bothered to sign up for the Do Not Call Registry they probably don’t want robocalls from political candidates or interest groups.

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03/02/2019
Surely, my fellow Americans, we can agree on THIS!🤪🤓
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03/02/2019
The Do NoT Call list is a joke. I signed up and signed up my 91 year old mother and the numbers actually increased. And MOST are recorded or computer calls. I guess committee members value bribes from the industry more than their constituents
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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03/02/2019
Do not call means exactly that. Politicians are not special and will get hung up on just as fast as every other solicitor! Also if your number shows up caller unknown Or anonymous I will respect your privacy by not answering the phone. Nomorobo is a great tool.
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Argument opposed

Political content, whether it comes from a candidate running for office or an interest group, shouldn’t be restricted as robocalls can help mobilize voters who may not have turned out to vote without receiving a reminder call.

Rocio.nyc's Opinion
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03/03/2019
Slippery slope here, robo calls are annoying but not allowing this could be used as a voter suppression tool.
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AuntG's Opinion
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03/03/2019
As irritating as they may be, a successful democracy is utterly dependent upon the participation of an informed populace.
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David's Opinion
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03/03/2019
Make robo calls a felony! No matter the purpose. If a person is not dialing the phone number, it is not free speech it's a computers speech and we should not protect that. The bill says it should only apply to calls where there is not a person available to talk. This makes it useless.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedJanuary 28th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 805?

This bill — known as the Robo Calls Off Phones Act or Robo COP Act — would change the rules of the National Do Not Call Registry to prohibit political recorded messages from going out as telephone calls to numbers listed on that registry. 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is responsible for maintaining the registry under the Telemarketing Sales Rule, which prevents telemarketers from calling numbers that opt out.

A “politically-oriented recorded message telephone call” would be defined as an outbound call that plays a recorded message that:

  • Promotes, advertises, campaigns, or solicits donations for or against a political candidate or regarding a political issue; or
  • Uses a political candidate’s name.
This legislation would only apply to pre-recorded robocalls where a live person isn't available to speak with the person picking up the phone.

Impact

All Americans that are listed on the Do Not Call Registry; political candidates and interest groups who would make calls using recorded political messages; and the FTC.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 805

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) introduced this legislation to put an end to the scourge of political robocalls that many Americans have to deal with each election year:

“Every election season Americans are inundated with pre-recorded campaign calls that flood their home phone lines. Just as unsolicited sales calls from telemarketers are an unwelcome intrusion for many Americans, political robocalls are often viewed as a nuisance and come at inconvenient times for many individuals and families. The Robo COP Act would eliminate a special carveout for political campaigns, making politicians play by the same rules as everyone else who makes robocalls. Just as individuals are able to opt out of unsolicited sales calls, they should have the right to opt out of receiving campaign robocalls.”

This bill doesn't have any cosponsors in the current session of Congress. Last Congress, it had three bipartisan cosponsors, including two Democrats and one Republican, and didn't receive a committee voteRep. Fox has introduced this legislation every term since she entered Congress in 2004 — but it has yet to be enacted.


Of Note: Robocalls to mobile phones and home phone lines, including calls by political organizations, are generally prohibited without prior written consent. However, there are exceptions to the landline robocall prohibition for certain categories of calls, including: emergencies, calls of a purely informational nature (e.g., school closures or flight delays), and calls from charities and political organizations.

A recent rule proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — not to be confused with the FTC, which would implement this legislation — would allow phone carriers to block robocalls and automated text messages at the request of their consumers.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Pixlr adaptation of Flickr user Mike Licht's image)

AKA

Robo COP Act

Official Title

To direct the Federal Trade Commission to revise the regulations regarding the "do-not-call" registry to prohibit politically-oriented recorded message telephone calls to telephone numbers listed on that registry.

    Surely, my fellow Americans, we can agree on THIS!🤪🤓
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    Slippery slope here, robo calls are annoying but not allowing this could be used as a voter suppression tool.
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    The Do NoT Call list is a joke. I signed up and signed up my 91 year old mother and the numbers actually increased. And MOST are recorded or computer calls. I guess committee members value bribes from the industry more than their constituents
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    Do not call means exactly that. Politicians are not special and will get hung up on just as fast as every other solicitor! Also if your number shows up caller unknown Or anonymous I will respect your privacy by not answering the phone. Nomorobo is a great tool.
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    I am sick and tired of RoboCalls. I think that entities that place RoboCalls should be charged for the calls that they place. They should be required to pay the recipient of their calls a small fee credited to their telephone account in return for the receipt of such calls. This would definitely curb RoboCalls and allow the recipients to more easily block RoboCalls to their phone numbers.
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    On the do not call list and our phone still rings nonstop with robocalls.
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    Yes!! I’m so sick of getting these calls!
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    How about we talk face to face, show you are willing to invest in your voters by visiting less populated areas as well as areas of high concentration.
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    The Do Not Call list should mean exactly what it says! You should be getting no calls from telemarketers or political robocalls! What’s the point of the National Do Not Call registry if it doesn’t apply in all situations?
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    Duh, what does the Do Not Call registry mean, if not this, Idiots? Have they dumbed you all down that much? Seems so, since you put up with all this crap they keep flinging at you! Hope the Allies will support our side, when the revolution begins...
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    YES...Yes....yes...!!!
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    As irritating as they may be, a successful democracy is utterly dependent upon the participation of an informed populace.
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    Charities should not be exempt either, especially since so many are scammers! I don't mind political polls, so I hope they wouldn't be included, but get rid of the automated fundraising calls! In our house, the numbers get blocked anyway, but not ever has that option.
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    We should be safe from political robocalls but we aren’t. I don’t answer calls from unknown callers. If no message is left I block the number.
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    Make robo calls a felony! No matter the purpose. If a person is not dialing the phone number, it is not free speech it's a computers speech and we should not protect that. The bill says it should only apply to calls where there is not a person available to talk. This makes it useless.
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    To my representatives: I support this bill as consumers and anyone else we should be able to opt out of all calls period including charity calls. The practice of calling people’s homes has gotten completely out of hand over the years. Now we need a bill stopping all absolutely all calls coming to our homes. They are nuisance calls none are beneficial. Also, I’ve never been persuaded by a political robo call. I do appreciate robot calls from local schools regarding lockdowns, early release, delayed arrivals, or anything else. These calls are always helpful. Work to carefully craft the bills and enough already with telemarking — I’d guess that 90% of phone owners would agree.
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    No means no. Do not call means do not call.
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    Yes. No entity should be allowed to call you unless you specifically sign up and request phone calls.
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    Robocalls shouldn’t be anyhow.
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    H.R. 805 BILL AKA the Robo Calls Off Phones Act or Robo COP Act I’m in support of and recommend the passage of the House bill AKA the Robo Calls Off Phones Act or Robo COP Act WHICH would change the rules of the National Do Not Call Registry to prohibit political recorded messages from going out as telephone calls to numbers listed on that registry.  Pre-recorded political phone calls should be subject to the same rules as all other telemarketing calls. If a person bothered to sign up for the Do Not Call Registry they probably don’t want robocalls from political candidates or interest groups. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻☎️📞☎️👍🏻. 3*2*19.....
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