Schumer Targets Bill That Allows Telemarketers To Call Personal Cell Phones

NEW YORK (WCBS 880)Sen. Charles Schumer says he’ll do everything he can stop a bill in the House of Representatives that would allow telemarketers to flood personal cell phones.

“There’s nothing more intrusive than telemarketers calling in the middle of dinner or when you’re in the middle of a heavy conversation with somebody,” Schumer says.

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Schumer is accusing some lawmakers of trying to sneak the Mobile Information Call Act through the legislative process, calling it a Trojan horse for companies to take advantage of an untapped market.

The bill would revoke a two-decade-old prohibition on automated calls to consumer cell phones—that prohibition being the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

The House began hearings on the bill two weeks ago, but Schumer says he vows to block the bill in the Senate.

“The floodgates would be open to telemarketers who could call you on your cell phone during breakfast, lunch, dinner, no matter if you’re at home, at school or at the office,” Schumer says, adding that the bill must be stopped now. “The calls are annoying, unwanted, repetitive.”

Do you agree with Schumer? Sound off in our comments section below…

  • Bruce

    Bill collectors are not telemarketers, period.

  • dh

    Don’t let the facts get in the way people. I know it sounds good to characterize this bill as allowing telemarketers to call your cell phone anytime they want but if Chuck would have actually read the bill instead of looking for publicity he would realize this is not the case. The bill allows companies with an existing customer relationship to use an autodialer to call cell phone numbers (when provided by the customer) to contact the customer for legitimate business reasons (not telemarketing calls). I realize many people are against collection calls as well, but it isn’t is common sense that in this day in age when millions of people are dropping their land lines and switching only to cell phones that companies should be able to contact those people on the number that the customer provided on their application if they have missed a payment or gone delinquent. Believe it or not some of those calls are actually to help the customer avoid defaulting or becoming seriously delinquent. But lets mischaracterize the bill and use telemarketing calls instead to defeat a bill that would update a law that was written 20 years ago when most people didn’t have cell phones and minutes were more expensive. Shame on you!

  • pete

    If “Chucky” is on our side, he should give us the names of the politicians who introduced this bill and voted for it. It would rip off the mask of many politicians who give us just lip service, but are corrupt and indentured servants of the big companies. NOW, HOW IS IT, GOOD OLD CHUCKY!!! DO SOMETHING FOR A CHANGE FOR YOUR CONSTITUENTS, AND NOT ONLY FOR YOURSELF!!!

  • JamesBond014

    OK here is a suggestion. We need cellphone manufactures to make a white list app. One that allows you to receive calls from whoever you want and all the rest of the calls go to a silent no vibe list that you can check later. You could add the ones you want to receive from your contact list. Sounds good to me. Hello cell manufactures and cell phone sellers do see a new feature here that every customer wants.

  • JamesBond014

    Being distracted in traffic by a call can be dangerous. Also being called while sleeping can be annoying. If you need to get to sleep early because of a job or event and getting woke up is not going to make me happy. Filling up my phone with unwanted ads is so wrong. I hope Schumer can stop the crazy bill.

  • jerseyjoey

    Well just cancel your service or better yet put ringer on silent and let the answer service screen the calls for you, if they leave a message delete it. But i say if you want change from corporations stop spending your money on their products if you are not happy with the services, money is you most powerful tool use it well.

  • don

    What about a bill prohibiting a politician’s election campaign to call your house with automated messages. Why doesn’t the “Do Not Call” list apply to them?

  • Vernon Hell

    The problem is that the evil corporations have taken over America. If you shoot a CEO, as they rightly deserve, they will hunt you down like an animal and you have thrown away your life. Blowing up their plants is even more futile; they simply collect insurance and build new ones in cheaper labor areas. What we can do is go after their primary and fragile assets, their brands and trademarks, by subjecting them to withering assaults of ridicule and disparagement. So:

  • bullett

    Sometime back, someone tagged “Chucky” as the weekend mouth piece, and I think it was spot on. All week, no one hears for “Chucky” boy. But on the weekend, that mic is stuck to his face. Where or where is “Chucky” Mon – Fri?
    Thanks to caller and voice I.D. I don’t have to answer a call if I don’t know who it is, but this time “Chucky” seems to be on our side of this issue.

    • Richard Hertz

      What’s the old saying? Even a broken clock is right twice a day…. bullett dont be fooled, the only side of an issue this jackass politician is on is his own…

  • The Realist

    Does the “Mobile Information Call Act” REQUIRE me to answer telemarketing calls? Or would I be allowed to ignore them?

  • everyonegetsatrophy

    There’s Chucky taking on the big issues again.

  • TheEye

    Chuck! Occupy!

  • Shaun Dakin

    I am part of a coalition fighting the bill as the CEO of a non profit group called the National Political Do Not Contact Registry, where we fight, specifically, political robocalls.

    In that capacity I testified in the US Senate on behalf of the Robocall Privacy Act.

    I wanted to let you know about a new company that I’ve just launched called where voters turn the tables on politicians and robocall them.

    For this particular bill we created a product that allows voters to robocall ALL the sponsors of the bill in Congress AND all the lobbying organizations supporting the bill.

    One call allows voters to make 45 calls to those who want the bill to pass.

    Here is that product.


  • martin weidberg

    I will figure out a way to screw anyone who solicits or tries to solicit me on a cell phone…..

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  • None Of Your Business

    Allowing the telemarketing pests to flood cell phones with their junk calls is just another example of our dedicated, civic-minded Congress (that’s a good one!) working for–excuse me, against–the people they are supposed to serve. The only people Congress serves–particularly the Republicans–is big business. If you doubt that, just think of Congress’s latest nonsense in basically mandating that schools serve pizza and french fries and other junk foods to students instead of healthy meals.

  • The Realist

    Would the “Mobile Information Call Act” REQUIRE me to answer telemarketing calls? Would it become illegal to ignore calls from unknown numbers?

    Inquiring minds would like to know.

    • PJM

      I’m on the do not call list & I still get some calls anyway. I don’t want anymore spam texts , emails or calls. Just another sneaky way they are trying to screw us. I want to know which member of congress put that into the bill. I bet they got a big campaign contribution from those advertisers & phone companies. It might not seem that important but, at least he is trying to help us not screw us.

  • emma

    It is not just when they call, but the minutes that they use up by the annoying calls.
    Glad that someone is on my side with this!

  • mikee

    The first time that I can remember agreeing with Shuehimawayer. As annoying the calls are they are not as annoying as listening to Chucky

  • Abner

    about as clear as it gets corporations own the House

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