Removing Barriers Blog

Upcoming Senate Briefing on TCPA
Posted October 13, 2015 by CUNA Advocacy

The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform and several other representatives are participating in a briefing on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in the U.S. Senate next week. The briefing will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 253 Russell Senate Office Building. The briefing will include a discussion of recent developments under the TCPA, the FCC’s recent omnibus declaratory ruling and the importance in distinguishing between abusive telemarketers and companies contacting their consumers.

Panelists will include:

o   Harold Kim - Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform

o   Michele Shuster - General Counsel, Professional Association for Customer Engagement

o   Adonis Hoffman - Chairman, Business in the Public Interest & Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

o   Scott Delacourt - Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

We recently led the efforts to send a joint letter to Capitol Hill  urging the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee to hold a hearing to review the Order. We are urging Congress to update the antiquated TCPA to reflect today’s technology, and to address the confusion created by the TCPA’s Order. Our letter also expressed frustration that the Order was not published for Notice and Comment, depriving the public and Congress an opportunity to weigh in on the substance of it.

We are currently in the process of preparing an amicus curiae in support of litigation challenging the Order, and plans to discuss the impact of this Order on credit union members with NCUA’s Office of Consumer Protection later this week.