Reps. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Cathy McMorris, R-Wash., introduced the US SAFE WEB Extension Act on Oct. 22, which would enable the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to protect Americans from fraud, spam, and deception online.

The legislation would extend the U.S. SAFE WEB Act of 2006 for another seven years and ensure the Federal Trade Commission can protect Americans from fraud, spam, and deception online. Congress has already reauthorized the bill once in 2012 and extended it through Sept. 2020.

“In 2019, those seeking to deceive and commit fraud often use international borders as a shield against law enforcement. We should be able to address this malicious activity that targets American families by working with our international law enforcement partners,” said Kelly. “This important bipartisan measure will ensure that the Federal Trade Commission has the resources and authority to cooperate with foreign law enforcement agencies and tackle fraud and deception.”

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