WASHINGTON—A Senate Commerce subcommittee held a hearing to examine an FCC report on robocalls and review the steps Congress is taking to provide relief from illegal calls.
Witnesses offered support for the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, S.151, which was introduced by subcommittee Chairman John Thune, (R-SD) and member Ed Markey (D-MA) and discussed suitable definitions of "autodialer."
While credit unions have expressed support for lawmakers' efforts to combat illegal robocalls, NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler warned the subcommittee in a letter against "hampering the ability of credit unions to make legitimate communications to their members." He also detailed NAFCU's support for a broad definition of an autodialer.
Thaler had previously outlined in a letter to Congress additional changes credit unions would like to see in the TRACED Act related to the "intent" requirement for a TCPA violation, STIR/SHAKEN call authentication framework and correcting any unintended blocking by voice service providers.