March 26, 2013. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) today announced the introduction of legislation to stop the intrusion of political robo-calls in homes across America. The Robo Calls Off Phones Act (Robo COP Act), H.R. 1315, will expand the types of unsolicited calls restricted by the national “Do Not Call” registry to include political robo-calls, giving the American people the opportunity to opt-out of the bothersome campaign-season interruption.
“Every campaign season, like clockwork, families are bombarded by an endless stream of political robo-calls,” Congresswoman Foxx stated. “There is little voters can do to stop the annoyance, which all too often comes right in the middle of family dinners and bedtimes. The Robo COP Act will solve this problem for the American people by allowing them to opt out of these calls by signing up for the federal government’s ‘Do Not Call’ list.”
“Though citizens are able to stop receiving telemarketing calls, politicians made sure to exempt political robo-calls from the power of the ‘Do Not Call’ registry. Removing their exemption through the Robo COP Act is a matter of fairness that will help bring some peace and quiet to North Carolina homes throughout campaign season.”
Foxx’s Robo COP Act would direct the Federal Trade Commission to revise its regulations regarding the National Do Not Call registry to prohibit prerecorded campaign messages (robo-calls) from being sent to telephone numbers on the national registry.
The Robo COP Act applies strictly to unsolicited, political robo-calls where a live person is not available to speak with the individual answering the phone.
Foxx, who does not use political robo-calling, has introduced similar legislation, often with bipartisan support, in the 109th, 110th, 111th, and 112th Congresses.