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house Bill H.R. 740

If You're on the "Do Not Call" Registry, Should you be Safe from Political Robocalls?

Argument in favor

Pre-recorded political phone calls should be subject to the same rules as all other telemarketing calls. If a person bothered to sign up for the Do Not Call Registry they probably don’t want robocalls from political candidates or interest groups.

Tafinzer's Opinion
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03/20/2017
Yes of course because that's why I am on the list I do not want to be disturbed with unsolicited phone calls
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AmyDrinkie's Opinion
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04/16/2017
If the Do Not Call list actually was effective...
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Connor's Opinion
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04/16/2017
People on the do not call list do not want unsolicited calls.
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Argument opposed

Political content, whether it comes from a candidate running for office or an interest group, shouldn’t be restricted as robocalls can help mobilize voters who may not have turned out to vote without receiving a reminder call.

Elizabeth's Opinion
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03/02/2017
While I agree that the list should cover unsolicited messages about political campaigns, I recently received a call that influences my thinking on this. Without any prior registration, my senator robo-called me to include me on a teleconferenced town-hall. I could hang up if I wished. This was one of the most inclusionary things I think a public servant could do, and it is therefore important to me to maintain its efficacy, which means keeping its user base large. I hope to see more behaviors like this and fewer of the common prerecorded messages.
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John's Opinion
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04/16/2017
People need to be informed part of the reason we have a dumb ass for a president now uninformed people
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Jewel's Opinion
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04/16/2017
I added my name to the "do not call list" to protect myself from aggressive capitalism, not to be shielded from my constitutional right to vote. I live in a state where the majority would prefer I not know about an upcoming election so they can stay in power. Voter suppression is high and I will not block yet another medium used to fight against it.
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bill Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Consumer Protection and Commerce
    IntroducedJanuary 30th, 2017

Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  • action
    Sponsor introductory remarks on measure.
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Consumer Protection and Commerce
    IntroducedJanuary 30th, 2017
    Yes of course because that's why I am on the list I do not want to be disturbed with unsolicited phone calls
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    While I agree that the list should cover unsolicited messages about political campaigns, I recently received a call that influences my thinking on this. Without any prior registration, my senator robo-called me to include me on a teleconferenced town-hall. I could hang up if I wished. This was one of the most inclusionary things I think a public servant could do, and it is therefore important to me to maintain its efficacy, which means keeping its user base large. I hope to see more behaviors like this and fewer of the common prerecorded messages.
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    If the Do Not Call list actually was effective...
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    People on the do not call list do not want unsolicited calls.
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    Do not call means do not call. Simple
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    People need to be informed part of the reason we have a dumb ass for a president now uninformed people
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    I hate Robo calls, and I recommend anybody who has an iPhone to download Truecaller. It really helps with the spam
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    I added my name to the "do not call list" to protect myself from aggressive capitalism, not to be shielded from my constitutional right to vote. I live in a state where the majority would prefer I not know about an upcoming election so they can stay in power. Voter suppression is high and I will not block yet another medium used to fight against it.
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    What's the point of the do not call list, if not this?
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    Non-partisan "get out the vote" calls are fine, but partisan robo calls should not be allowed.
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    Always wondered how politicians didn't understand what a "Do Not Call List" meant too them. And while I expect no Calls, what about those mailers? In my house, it's a quick trip from mailbox to recycle ♻️. I would like to compost them, but to many toxic colors.
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    Do not call should include everyone trying to sell you something, that includes political promises.
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    It would be great if the do not call list was effective.
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    Do not call means DO NOT CALL. A telephone call is an unwanted interruption. Unless you are someone I know well I have no interest in being interrupted at YOUR convenience.
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    No special exemptions for government. You're not an exceptional class. Rules apply to you equally.
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    Plus, beef up the existing do not call "laws" by adding enforceable consequences for violating them. I already receive numerous unsolicited calls all day and into the night!
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    People need to know candidates and vote
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    Political advertising shouldn't have any special propaganda exception.
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    It borders on harassment with all the calls
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    I do think legitimate calls from legislators or those legitimately on the ballot can be allowed to educate and mobilize the populace. And we all know an educated populace that gets the people out to vote is the bane of Republicans.
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