Biggs 1 of only 3 votes against anti-robocall bill




    Andy Biggs. Photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

    Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs was one of only three members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote against a bill aimed at curbing robocalls.

    Biggs, a second-term Republican from Gilbert, voted on Wednesday against the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act. 

    The legislation would require companies and some other entities to get people’s consent before making unsolicited, pre-recorded calls, and would require them to establish new, effective ways for people to withdraw that consent, Gizmodo reported on Wednesday. The bill would exempt emergency services and non-commercial entities. 

    The Federal Communications Commission would be tasked with enforcing the new laws.

    The House passed the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act on a 429-3 vote. U.S. Reps. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., and Justin Amash, a Michigan independent who recently defected from the Republican Party, also voted against the bill.

    “Although this bill was well-intentioned, and we can all agree that unwanted robocalls are a scourge on our daily lives, Congressman Biggs does not believe Congress should cede additional regulatory authority to unelected bureaucrats at the FCC to fix this problem. He also does not believe that this bill will provide relief for the robocall problem for everyday Americans,” Biggs spokesman Daniel Stefanski told the Arizona Mirror.

    Rather than pass the current bill, Stefanski said Congress should bring stakeholders together, find the best solutions possible and pass laws to codify “real solutions that will ensure robocalls are used legally and when used illegally, consumers will have full recourse to protect themselves.” 

    Jeremy Duda
    Associate Editor Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”

    6 COMMENTS

    1. Very Good, Andy. Thanks for watching out for us. Does this mean you are putting your ideas into a bill that you would vote for? Robo calls are OUT OF CONTROL. LETS HAVE SOME REAL ACTION TO STOP THE INSANITY, PLEASE.

    2. Come on Andy. Try and think bigger than that. Too many of us are harassed by unwanted robocalls. Many of the calls are notoriously crooked such as the one that asks for your social security information so they can resume your social security payments and then there is the one from the IRS informing you of the need to take action before deputies show up to arrest you.

    3. At least you offered the explanation of why the three courageous members of Congress voted as they did.
      However, it’s hard to overcome that powerful superstition, promulgated by collectivists and non-thinkers of the so-called “left” and “right,” that government can cure all ills.
      Scum who make robocalls — including politicians — can ignore ANY law, in part because … HOW do we catch them? HOW do we stop them?
      They spoof real numbers, or call from another country, or use all kinds of subterfuges to prevent any controls.
      My guess is the whiners here are quicker to jump on Mr. Biggs because he’s a Republican (which, I agree, is a shameful label), and slower to look at his explanation.
      Sorry, but he’s right.
      And so far as I’ve been able to tell, our only solution is DON’T ANSWER CALLS from people we don’t know.
      Until technology provides us with a lethal weapon, maybe a Star 666 that lets us fatally zap the filth who make those calls.

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