The House will convene today as lawmakers eye passage of a compromise bill aimed at combating illicit robocalls. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation — offered by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Sen. John Thune (R-SD) — proposes several reforms aimed at cracking down on the issue, including: (1) mandating that phone companies verify real numbers and block robocalls without charging consumers extra money; (2) encouraging the Department of Justice to pursue more criminal prosecutions against illegal robocallers; and (3) providing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with additional time and authority to investigate bad actors. In addition to the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act, the House will also consider the rule that govern debate for a Financial Services measure that seeks to prevent insider trading.
In the upper chamber, Senators will resume consideration of pending presidential nominations. A full list of nominations lined up for today can be found here.