Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden: Hanging up on robocalls

May 6, 2019
Press Release

Greg Walden: Hanging up on robocalls

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) penned an op-ed in the East Oregonian on Saturday calling for an all-hands-on-deck approach to combat robocalls, a problem that Walden said has grown from an annoyance to a sincere peril for American consumers.

Hanging up on robocalls

By Representative Greg Walden

In the 20 town halls I have held across our district so far this year -- including here in Eastern Oregon -- I can’t think of a time that someone didn’t ask the question, “How can we put a stop to unwanted robocalls?”

It is not surprising that this issue is a top concern for Oregonians and people across our country. In just one year, American consumers received 3.3 million robocalls per hour and these calls increased more than 64% between 2016 and 2018.

We all know how it feels. Multiple times each day, your phone will ring, showing an unfamiliar number with a familiar area code -- say “541” for people in our district.
If you’re like me, you let the call go to voicemail, and if there is no message, it is safe to assume that it was a robocall. But it’s a disruptive nuisance, to say the least, and too often callers try to trick people into paying what they are told is an outstanding debt, only to send money or other form of compensation to a fraudster.

During an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., witnesses described how robocalls have grown to a scourge on American consumers that perpetuate fraud, threaten personal privacy, and undermine our telecommunications system.

Click here to read Rep. Walden's full op-ed online.