Other original cosponsors include: Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA),
Fred Upton (R-MI), Melissa Hart (R-PA), Cliff Stearns (R-FL), and
Chris Cannon (R-UT).
"The time has come to give the American people the power to say
no. No to unwanted spam and no to the endless headaches involved
with the crippling congestion spam causes to computers every day
throughout this country," said Chairman Tauzin. "While e-mail has
brought consumers a fast, efficient and reliable communications
medium, the explosion of spam today threatens to flood the critical
arteries of the networks that carry all e-mail, whether consumers
want it or not."
"This tough anti-spam legislation targets egregious e-mail abusers
who disrupt businesses and harass individuals. Those who falsify
their e-mail identity, send sexually-explicit e-mail to unsuspecting
individuals, and use e-mail as a weapon will be punished severely
with criminal penalties under this legislation," Chairman
Sensenbrenner stated. "No legislation alone can stop the spam scourge.
This problem only will be addressed through federal legislation
in concert with technical solutions and the efforts of ISPs and
legitimate marketers. I urge consumers to take advantage of software
that blocks spam.
"The House Judiciary Committee will be working with the Energy
and Commerce Committee to move this legislation expeditiously through
the House. It's my hope the House will approve the RID SPAM Act
by the end of June," added Chairman Sensenbrenner.
"I am pleased to join Chairman Tauzin and Chairman Sensenbrenner
in their efforts to rid America's inbox of unwanted commercial
email,” stated Rep. Burr. "In crafting this legislation,
we have worked hard to maintain the delicate balance of maintaining
a vibrant means of communication and e-commerce while extending
consumers the ability to say no to the filth that floods their
"It won't be long before half of all e-mail is considered 'spam.' I
will not stand by and allow this to continue and I can assure you
that folks throughout America won't stand for it either. H.R. 2214
is a step in the right direction and I look forward to swift consideration
of this important legislation," Rep. Burr concluded.
"It is time to can spam. Unsolicited e-mail, such as advertisements,
solicitations or chain letters, is the 'junk mail' of the information
age," said Rep. Goodlatte, who co-chairs the Congressional Internet
Caucus, said. "These unwanted messages burden consumers by slowing
down their e-mail connections and cause big problems for small
Internet Service Providers that are trying to compete with larger
companies and larger servers. The RID Spam Act is an exciting development
in the effort to curb spam, and I am hopeful that it will move
forward quickly. "
Specifically, the bill: