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US senate eyes legislation to crack down on billions of robocalls

April 12, 2019 - 10:55 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- They are a nuisance, and generated by the billions -- robocalls.

Congress has heard your complaints and is trying to do something about it.

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There were 2.5 billion robocalls made in March, CBS2 reports, and a movement to stop the harassing calls has gained bipartisan support.

“They keep calling, they keep calling, they keep calling,” one man said.

On Thursday, Congress held a hearing on the 'Traced Act.'

“These criminals are taunting us, because they think we won’t act,” Sen. Cory Gardner, R-CO, said.

The bill would slap robocallers with fines of up to $10,000 per call, and require phone companies to upgrade ID systems to alert customers to illegitimate calls.

“The best way to prevent illegal robocalls is to stop them from ever being made. And the best way to ensure that is to put the people that are making them behind bars,” said U.S. Telecom's Kevin Ruby.

Sponsors hope for a full Senate vote in the next few weeks.

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