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H.R. 423: Anti-Spoofing Act of 2017

Jan 23, 2017 at 6:51 p.m. ET. On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass in the House.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 423 (115th) in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

"Spoofing" occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is often used as part of an attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally. Under the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009, Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rules prohibit any person or entity from transmitting misleading or inaccurate caller ID information with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongly obtain anything of value. If no harm is intended or caused, spoofing is not illegal. Anyone who is illegally spoofing can face penalties of up to $10,000 for each violation.

H.R. 423 extends the provisions of the Truth in Caller ID Act to include text messaging as well as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), enabling the FCC to levy penalties and criminal fines against individuals that use fake information about a caller’s identification to defraud or harm another.

Source: Republican Policy Committee

Totals

All Votes R D
Yea 99%
 
 
398
224
 
174
 
Nay 1%
 
 
5
5
 
0
 
Not Voting
 
 
31
11
 
20
 

Passed. 2/3 Required. Source: house.gov.

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