Do Not Call telemarketing list may not expire

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Congress is moving quickly to make the national Do Not Call list permanent.

Committees in the House and Senate passed such bills today, and sent them on to each body.

When the Do Not Call list began in 2003, it was only for five years. Currently, people who don't re-register next year could be open again to telemarketers.

Some 145 million phone numbers are on the list. Polls show consumers have been getting far fewer unwanted phone calls.

Since the list began, the government has filed cases against about 30 companies for violating it. It's resulted in $8.8 million in civil penalties, and $8.6 million in redress to consumers and forfeitures.

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