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US House of Representatives Overwhelming Approves Bipartisan Robocall Bill

This afternoon, by a vote of 429-3, the House of Representatives overwhelming approved the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, H.R. 3375, as reported by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The House acted by voting on a motion to suspend the House rules and pass the bill. Prior to the vote, Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and various other Members supporting the bill participated in a 40-minute session filling the record with the reasons why the Members of the House should vote in favor of the bill.

Next step is a conference with the US Senate, which earlier this year passed the narrower-in-scope TRACED Act, S. 151. Senator John Thune (R-SD), lead sponsor of that effort, reportedly indicated today he sees “a path forward for a ‘fairly straightforward conference’ now that the ‘bills are starting to get closer.’”

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Paul Besozzi, Squire Patton Boggs, telecommunications attorney
Senior Partner

Paul Besozzi concentrates in the wireless, broadband and emerging technology areas. His extensive experience of more than 30 years in the telecommunications field includes regulatory, transactional, legislative and litigation matters for clients ranging from wireless service and infrastructure providers to resellers of long-distance service, including cellular, personal communications services, specialized mobile radio, point-to-point microwave, advanced wireless services and other emerging wireless technologies.

Paul represents clients before the federal and...