H. R. 740
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 30, 2017
Ms. Foxx introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To direct the Federal Trade Commission to revise the regulations regarding the
do-not-call registry to prohibit politically-oriented recorded message telephone calls to telephone numbers
listed on that registry.
This Act may be cited as the
Robo Calls Off Phones Act or the
Robo COP Act.
Politically-oriented recorded message phone calls prohibited
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Federal Trade Commission shall, not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, revise the
do-not-call registry provisions of the Telemarketing Sales Rule (16 C.F.R. 310.1 et seq.) to prohibit politically-oriented recorded message telephone calls to telephone numbers listed on that registry.
Definition of politically-Oriented recorded message calls
For purposes of this section, the term politically-oriented recorded message telephone call means any outbound telephone call—
in which a person is not available to speak with the person answering the call, and the call instead plays a recorded message; and
the purpose of which is to promote, advertise, campaign, or solicit donations, for or against any political candidate or regarding any political issue; or
uses in the recorded message any political candidate’s name.