Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Bud Cramer (Ala.-05) announced that the House approved by voice-vote legislation to protect consumers from telemarketers.
Specifically, the House approved legislation to ensure that consumers are not unknowingly removed from the Do-Not-Call registry. The registry, which was created in 2003, allows consumers to register phone numbers with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which prevents calls from telemarketers.
Current law allows the FTC to remove phone numbers from the registry after five years unless each number is re-registered prior to its five-year limit. Today's House action prevents the FTC from automatically removing phone numbers from the Do-Not-Call registry.
"The Do-Not-Call list has helped put to an end the annoying practice of telemarketers reaching out to consumers during the most inconvenient times," said Cramer. "Today the House took steps to continue the popular program and to keep the phone numbers of consumers on the list."
Individuals can register their home and mobile phone numbers on the Do-Not-Call registry by visiting http://www.donotcall.gov/. Telemarketers have up to 31 days from the registration date to cease calling that number.
Cramer said, "Regardless of whether your number is about to expire, until this legislation is signed into law, I encourage everyone in North Alabama to renew their participation in the list by re-registering."
This legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration.