Gottheimer Helps Pass Bipartisan Anti-Robocall Bill to Protect North Jersey from Predatory Calls

Dec 05, 2019

Bipartisan bill will soon head to the President’s desk for final signature 1.4 billion robocalls placed to New Jersey in 2019 so far

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) voted to pass the bipartisan Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED Act) to attack the issue from every angle and finally put a stop to predatory robocalls nationwide. The legislation, which passed the House on a vote of 417 to 3, and which passed the Senate earlier this year, will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

“All over North Jersey, residents and especially seniors are being preyed on by scammers looking to cheat them out of their hard-earned money,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer. “It’s unacceptable and I’m glad this legislation takes steps to attack this issue and to protect our community for these disgusting attempts to make a quick buck. I urge the President to swiftly sign this common-sense, bipartisan bill into law.”


  • Requires carriers to offer call-authentication technology to everyone at no additional charge;
  • Requires Opt-in or opt-out robocall blocking be offered at no additional charge to consumers;
  • Gives the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the ability to step up enforcement actions against unlawful robocalls with a longer statute of limitations and increased fines in certain cases;
  • Pushes the Department of Justice to bring more criminal prosecutions against criminal robocallers;
  • Requires the FCC to work to stop one-ring scams;
  • Helps the FCC and responsible carriers traceback and cutoff suspect phone companies that are responsible for sending vast numbers of unlawful robocalls; and
  • Protects patients, doctors and hospitals from unlawful robocalls.

An estimated 54 billion illegal robocalls have already been placed nationwide this year alone. According to YouMail’s Robocall Index, 1.4 billion robocalls were placed to New Jersey so far in 2019.


Recent Posts

Nov 30, 2023

RELEASE: Gottheimer Statement on New York’s Congestion Tax

NORTH JERSEY — Today, November 29, 2023, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) released the following statement: “As advertised, New York is officially sticking it to Jersey families with their commuter-crushing Congestion Tax. On top of the existing tolls, it’ll be 15 bucks every day to go into the city with no discounts at the GW Bridge […]

Nov 29, 2023

RELEASE: After Gottheimer Questioning, Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Director Chopra Agrees to “Look Into” NY’s Congestion Tax

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, November 29, 2023, during a U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee hearing, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer questioned Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Rohit Chopra, a New Jersey native, about New York’s $23-a-day Congestion Tax “making money off of gouging middle class Americans with exorbitant tolls.” Director Rohit Chopra agreed to “look into” the […]

Nov 29, 2023

RELEASE: Gottheimer Helps Pass Bipartisan Legislation Condemning Hamas, Calling for the Release of All Hostages, and Reaffirming Israel’s Right to Exist

WASHINGTON D.C. — Tonight, November 28, 2023, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) helped pass two pieces of bipartisan legislation to condemn the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel, reaffirm Israel’s right to exist, and call for Hamas to immediately surrender and safely release all hostages. On October 7, Hamas terrorists brutally murdered, raped, burned alive, decapitated, and […]