HANG-UP Act Picks Up Another Endorsement!
Public Policy Fellow
The HANG-UP Act – the bill that will help protect cell phones from debt collection robocalls – got a lift recently, as Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) signed on as a co-sponsor of the bill. Sen. Udall joins 15 other Senators who have already added their names in support.
The HANG-UP Act will repeal a recent reform that allows debt collectors to robocall consumers to collect federal debt (such as education debt, tax debt, federally-backed mortgage debt, etc). A provision allowing these calls was placed in the must-pass budget bill this fall and was signed into law last November.
Consumers are throwing their weight behind the HANG-UP Act. Frustrated by incessant robocalls, consumers are concerned that legal debt collection robocalls could make the problem even worse. If the HANG-UP Act isn’t passed, the new robocall rules could even allow legal robocalls to consumers who don’t owe debt, such as relatives or references of debtholders.
Consumers are already swamped with debt collection robocalls that don’t even belong to them. Like Robert from New Port Richey, FL, who says: “For over 6 years I’ve been getting calls from collection agencies, they don’t even know who they’re calling, just a name. I’ve told them time and time again you have the wrong person. I’ve never in my life had a debt late or unpaid.”
Luckily, lawmakers and law enforcement are fighting to keep the robocalls rules strong. Forty-one lawmakers have signaled their concerns about debt collection robocalls to the FCC. And recently, 25 state attorneys general expressed their support of the HANG-UP Act and urged the Senate to hold a hearing on the bill.
In addition to Sen. Udall, current co-sponsors include: McCaskill (D-MO), Wyden (D-OR), Menendez (D-NJ), Blumenthal (D-CT), Leahy (D-VT), Warren (D-MA), Sanders (I-VT), Franken (D-MN), Klobuchar (D-MN), Merkeley (D-OR), Baldwin (D-WI), Stabenow (D-MI), Durbin (D-IL), and Shaheen (D-NH). Sen. Markey (D-MA) introduced the bill.
Let’s keep up the pressure on lawmakers. Click here to send a message to your Senators to support the HANG-UP Act!