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Community briefs, July 26, 2019

Congressman Panetta cosponsors legislation to combat robocalls and scammers

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) recently announced his cosponsorship of three pieces of legislation to stop abusive robocall practices.

The bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act will enact strong consumer protections for authorized calls and empower the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with strong enforcement tools to reign in robocallers. The legislation would also ensure that consumers have the ability to stop calls they previously authorized and require incoming calls to have authentic caller identification information before they are delivered to customers.

The Help Americans Never Get Unwanted Phone calls (HANGUP) Act repeals a loophole allowing contractors to robocall anyone with debt owed to or guaranteed by the federal government. This includes most student loans and many loans to veterans, farmers, and small businesses. The Regulatory Oversight Barring Obnoxious (ROBO) Calls and Texts Act creates a new Robocall Division within the Enforcement Bureau at the FCC and supports the advancement of robocall blocking technology.

Last year, an estimated 47.8 billion robocalls were placed nationwide, an increase of 17 billion calls from 2017. Illegal robocalls affect American life in increasingly harmful ways, from scams to defraud consumers to disrupting our health care system, and more. Congressman Panetta has heard constituent complaints about these calls, and is supporting bills that take a variety of approaches to stop abusive robocall practices.

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Panetta, Senators Coons, Feinstein introduce bill to invest in infrastructure, clean energy

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) introduced legislation to address climate change while paying a monthly dividend to American families, rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, investing in research and development, and providing transition assistance to workers and communities.

The Climate Action Rebate Act places an increasing price on carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions, designed to drive down pollution and encourage market-driven innovation in clean energy technologies.  U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

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