Thune Discusses Robocall Bill on Fox News

Thune Discusses Robocall Bill on Fox News



forget fines my next guest is calling to put robocallers in jail Republican Senate Majority Whip Jonathan is co-sponsoring the Trey stack in hopes it will soon become law senator welcome to the show hi Charles good afternoon I think you found a bipartisan topic everyone can get behind seems seems like I hope simple if not this what right exactly I think most people across the country are incredibly frustrated not to mention the vulnerable populations the elderly who get preyed upon by these scam Robo callers and and what we're trying to do is ensure that there are sufficient deterrents in place some some of these violators to get the the these robo calls not only the inconvenient ones but more importantly the scam ones put to an end sir for what I've read the the current deterrence whether they're fines or anything else just aren't enough in in part because some of these are offshore operators how would you go after them how does the trace to act go after someone who may be in a different country pulling this off well one thing is I mean we believe there's got to be a credible credible threat of criminal prosecution and that doesn't exist today there are fines levied in some cases but if you're outside of the country that doesn't affect you and and we heard we had somebody come and testify in front of our committee a few months back who basically said that these fines are a cost of doing business they actually build it into their their model and so there's got to be a stronger deterrent stronger penalties increasing the fines we strengthened some of the legal authorities there that the FCC has but more importantly we we believe there's going to have to be in order to really provide a disincentive for some of these bad actors the threat of criminal prosecution and so our legislation attempts to get at that issue and then also allows the you know that the telephone communications companies gives them more tools to authenticate calls and and so that they can start start to filter some of these calls when they come in so there's really three prongs or three three parts of this process but we believe that this is something that ought to move and certainly there is a I think a desire for it to move by the American public there's no doubt in the in the cost of doing business it's sort of like when you live in a big city and you see these UPS trucks with a bunch of parking tickets right it just comes with the territory but it's worth worth doing but how the sophistication is amazing we just had a conversation in the break I'm now getting prefixes on calls that look very similar to my phone number my family's phone numbers and the technology curves staying ahead of that are the new or is the new punishment going to be enough to even be able to catch them well I think it's it certainly will make a dent in it and they are the spoofing or you know they where they use an area code that you recognize is something that they've developed but obviously the violators the bad actors come up with new technologies to get around some of the you know the filters have been put in place already but we think that there is a real deterrent if you have the threat of criminal prosecution today like I said a lot of these financial penalties are simply something that they build into their their business model and and I think we've got to have more tools in place not only when it comes to the threat of criminal prosecution but also tools that the the companies the providers can use to to authenticate these calls and make sure that whoever's calling you if somebody's calling you to tell you that your your flights been canceled or your doctor's appointments been moved things like that obviously we want to be able to allow to get through but most of the bad actors the violators are these folks who are just preying on people and and I think that's that's what we're trying to get at and we think that this legislation will make a very serious attempt at that and hopefully not going to end them all probably but certainly make a dent in it we're looking for a hundred to zero on that vote I didn't want to switch gears a little bit though here president Trump tweeting out that the move to go after Obamacare and replace it will be a post 2020 issue for your party are you happy with that decision I think it's a realistic one I think what the president concluded that it's virtually impossible to get a health care overhaul reform bill through the Congress on the president's desk when you have to deal with the Democrat House whose main priority is to enact a 36 trillion dollar one-size-fits-all government-run health care plan and so you know that's where Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in the house are coming from and I think the president recognizes that in order for us to get the kind of health care that will really lower costs and provide people in this country greater access is going to take a Republican House and I think he's concluded that the best way to to get that is after this next election to go out and win the house get him re-elected in the meantime working for mentally on things that we can do like prescription drug pricing and that's an issue that's a big priority for a lot of Republicans here on Capitol Hill senator Johnson thank you very much always a pleasure thanks thanks Charleston vet

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