Sen. Bob Menendez gets robo call while holding news conference on robo call crackdown

NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- Lawmakers have proposed a new bill aimed at stopping those pesky robocalls.

According to the FCC, more than 5.2 billion robocalls were made nationwide just last month. That's a 370 percent increase since 2015 and amounts to 13 calls per person.

The bipartisan bill would help the FCC police the illegal calls.
EMBED More News Videos

Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey joined others in calling for a crackdown on robocalls

It would also require phone companies to use a new technology, which could help stop scammers from making robocalls.

RELATED: New app aims to stop robocalls and scammers from calling you

Senator Bob Menendez, D-NJ, held a press conference Friday to push for a crackdown on illegal robocalls. While speaking, the senator himself was interrupted by a robo-caller.

Menendez said he purposely left his phone on because he said he gets these calls "all the time."

"Robo-callers don't care if you're a Republican or Democrat. They don't care if you're a student or a business leader ... these robo-callers care about one thing -- ripping you off, and the American people are sick and tired of it," he said.

* More New Jersey news
* Send us a news tip
* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts
* Follow us on YouTube
Related topics:
Copyright © 2020 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.