Markey celebrating passage of anti-robocall bill
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BOSTON — Congress on Thursday sent President Donald Trump a bipartisan bill filed by U.S. Sen. Edward Markey to crack own on robocalls by requiring telecomm carriers to more aggressively use technology to identify spam and block those calls at no cost to the consumer.

The TRACED Act cleared the Senate on Thursday, and was forwarded on to Trump, who is expected to sign it into law.

“I hope the President quickly signs this bill into law so that families can enjoy a new year of family calls instead of robocalls,” Markey said in a statement.

The bill also gives the federal government more tools and more time to investigate and penalize those who violate telemarketing restrictions.

Markey plans a press conference with senior citizen advocates on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. in his offices at the JFK Federal Building in downtown Boston to celebrate the bill’s passage.

Michael Festa, the state director for the AARP, will attend with Markey.