Good work from Minnesota’s senators. Though getting it through Congress will likely be a heavy lift. And the White House supports the robocalling.
(Two weeks ago), President Obama signed an emergency budget bill that kept the government from shutting down, which also opened the door to automated debt-collection robocalls to your cell phone. Buried in Section 301 of the Budget Act is a provision that would allow loan servicers and other collectors of federal loan debt to use robocalls and robotexts to contact Americans struggling to pay off student loans, mortgage, tax, and other debt owed to or backed by the federal government.
The provision allows robocalls not only to those who owe debt but also to their family, references, and even those who get assigned a phone number that once belonged to someone who owed debt.
A new piece of legislation hopes to roll that back…Senators Claire McCaskill (D – Mo.), Ron Wyden (D – Ore.) Robert Menendez (D – N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D – Conn.), Patrick Leahy (D – Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D – Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I – Vt.), Al Franken (D – Minn.), Amy Klobuchar (D – Minn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) have cosponsored this bill.
Yeah, all Dems, plus Bernie. One would think that being flooded with robocall harrassment on their cell phones will get millenials out to vote, if anything will. Also, the article linked in the first paragraph above discusses how the measure is likely to produce a relative pittance in added repayment.