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Senator Tom Kean, Jr. Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21)
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October 6, 2011
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Blasts Obama’s Phone Proposal

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President’s Proposal Would Authorize Private Debt Collectors to Call Cell Phones of People Delinquent on Debts Owed to the Federal Government

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement regarding a formal proposal, submitted by President Obama, that would authorize private debt collectors to call the cell phones of people delinquent on student loans and other debts owed the Federal Government. Debt collectors may currently make “robo” calls to landlines but not to cell phones:

“I am appalled President Obama has aligned himself with the private debt collection industry to expand their ability to make harassing ‘robo’ calls to people’s cell phones.

“The vast majority of these overdue obligations appear to be student loans. The President, more than anyone else, should understand that people are not repaying their school loans because they cannot find a job. Recent graduates are among the hardest hit groups as record unemployment continues under the Obama Administration. Invasive phone calls are not the answer. Effective, meaningful job growth is the only way to ensure that Americans can get back on their feet and out of debt.

“I plan to introduce a Resolution, in the State Senate, urging our congressional delegation to use their influence to put a stop to the Obama’s intrusive debt collection proposal. I will call upon my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to support this common-sense resolution. We must send the President a message to halt the expansion of this harassment scheme and to rededicate his efforts to getting Americans back to work.”

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