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Attorneys general working to end debt collection robocalls to cell phones

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Fed up with unwanted phone calls? There's a push to "hang up" on them.

The attorneys general of Kentucky and Indiana joined forces to blast Congress for the loophole allowing debt collection robocalls to cellphones.

The federal government used to ban all robocalls to cellphones, but a measure in last year's federal budget bill allows calls to be made to collect debt owed to the U.S. government, including student loans.

"It's wrong for the federal government to make debt collection robocalls when the law specifically prohibits others from doing the same," said Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear.

"This is technology that allows for 10,000 calls per minute, so it's being used for harassment's sake," added Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

They're joining attorneys general from 23 other states, encouraging people to contact their U.S. lawmakers and urge them to pass the "Hang Up" Act.

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