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S. 151 (116th): Pallone-Thune TRACED Act

A bill to deter criminal robocall violations and improve enforcement of section 227(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, and for other purposes.

Sponsor and status

John Thune

Sponsor. Senior Senator for South Dakota. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 20, 2019
Length: 17 pages
Jan 16, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 30, 2019

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 30, 2019.

Pub.L. 116-105

84 Cosponsors (42 Democrats, 40 Republicans, 2 Independents)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Senators Markey and Thune Call on FCC and Justice Dept. to Combat Coronavirus Robocalls
    — Sen. John Thune [R-SD] (Sponsor) on Mar 23, 2020

Grassley Statement on Passage of Anti-Robocall Legislation
    — Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 19, 2019

Rep. Payne, Jr. votes to reduce illegal Robocalls
    — Rep. Donald Payne Jr. [D-NJ10] on Dec 5, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates S. 151 will add $1 million in new spending through 2024.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 3375: Stopping Bad Robocalls Act

Passed House (Senate next) on Jul 24, 2019. 50% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 1602: TRACED Act

Introduced on Mar 7, 2019. 74% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 2015: TRACED Act

Introduced on Apr 1, 2019. 74% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 3325: Locking Up Robocallers Act of 2019

Introduced on Jun 18, 2019. 96% incorporated. (compare text)


Jan 16, 2019

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Apr 3, 2019
Ordered Reported

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May 23, 2019
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next.

Dec 4, 2019
Passed House with Changes (back to Senate)

The House passed the bill with changes not in the Senate version and sent it back to the Senate to approve the changes.

Dec 19, 2019
Senate Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 30, 2019
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 151 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 151. 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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