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WV AG Morrisey urges Congress to take action against robocalls

March 7, 2019

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urged the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to enact legislation to curb illegal robocalls and spoofing.

A bipartisan coalition of 54 state and territory attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. Senate in support of the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act.

Their letter contends that the legislation would enable states, federal regulators and telecom providers to take steps to combat illegal robocalls, such as requiring voice service providers to participate in a call authentication framework and creating an interagency working group to hold telemarketers and robocallers accountable.

The push comes during National Consumer Protection Week. More than 48 billion robocalls were made in 2018, making them the No. 1 source of consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission and resulting in millions in consumer losses.