June 19, 2017

NAFCU monitoring FCC budget hearing for possible TCPA discussion

NAFCU is monitoring a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing today on the Federal Communications Commission's FY2018 budget for any discussion regarding FCC's Telephone Consumer Protection Act order on autodialed calls, the subject of a lawsuit NAFCU joined on behalf of credit unions in 2015.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, chaired by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., will meet at 2:30 p.m. in Room 138 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. Witnesses include FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, and FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael O'Reilly.

NAFCU continues to press for modernization of the TCPA and maintains that the FCC's 2015 declaratory ruling and order will make it extremely difficult for credit unions and other financial institutions to contact their members about potentially fraudulent activity, identity theft and data breaches.

At an open FCC meeting in March, FCC Commissioner O'Reilly said the commission's order has harmed businesses and their customers due to legitimate calls deemed in violation of the act.

O'Reilly also said consumers have been deprived of important information due to the FCC's order. He mentioned the order's burdensome standard for calls to reassigned numbers and noted that a change must be made. These are all concerns NAFCU has previously raised with the FCC.

NAFCU joined a lawsuit in September 2015, ACA International v. FCC, which challenges the validity of the 2015 order. It is currently awaiting a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.