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Editorial: Bits and pieces

Here’s a bit of news that everyone regardless of party can get behind: the H.R. 2386, Stop Robocalls Act now in Congress. In fact, the measure has six cosponsors, working across the aisle, including First District Rep. Rob Wittman.

In a report, Wittman writes, “During my travels across the district, I have been hearing from constituents that now, more than ever, they are getting harassed by robocalls—often many times a day. These robocalls are not only a nuisance but they also pose as a threat to individual’s privacy and security. In 2018, the top fraud reports were imposter scams, debt collection, and identity theft. In addition, Americans are losing copious amounts to fraudulent entities and robocalls. According to the Federal Trade Commission, over 25% of people lost money in reported fraud cases, totaling $1.48 billion—which indicates an increase of 38 percent over 2017. The evidence is clear; this is a growing epidemic that must be stopped.”


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