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H.R. 805 (116th): Robo COP Act

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About the bill

Should politically themed automated calls have an opt-out feature?


Robocalls have been surging in recent years, with a record 5+ billion in October 2018 alone. The practice of recorded messages automatically dialed to your phone are usually used to try selling you something.

In theory, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Do Not Call Registry, which anybody can sign up for free and permanently, is supposed to block such robocalls. However, the list is voluntary. While most “legitimate companies” abide by it and don’t call any numbers on the registry, that still leaves many who ignore it completely.

What the bill does

The Robo COP Act would ban political robocalls to any number listed on the FTC’s Do Not Call Registry.

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Sponsor and status

Virginia Foxx

Sponsor. Representative for North Carolina's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 28, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Jan 28, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 28, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


1 Cosponsor (1 Democrat)



Jan 28, 2019

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H.R. 805 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 805. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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