‘This will stop it:’ Sen. Schumer takes steps to silence robocalls

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was in Syracuse on Monday to emphasize the bill he’s co-sponsoring to stop robocalls.

Schumer’s office has been made aware of the thousands of calls hitting the 315 and 607 area codes, along with other cities across the country, including the Cortland woman who tells WSYR-TV that she’s gotten more than 100 calls in less than a week.

Schumer is co-sponsoring a bill introduced by U.S. Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and John Thune (R-SD), named Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act.

According to Schumer, the law will:

  • Increase the penalty on scammers from $1,500 to $10,000 for each call
  • Lengthen the statue of limitation to three years – more time to find the scammer
  • Require cell phone companies to implement already-existing technology to trace the calls.

Schumer says the bi-partisan bill will move through Congress quickly, and likely be law in the next couple of months.

Schumer, himself, said his dinner Sunday night was disrupted by a robocall, despite his reliance on a flip phone.

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