200 House Members Now Co-Sponsor Local Radio Freedom Act
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14) has been added as a co-sponsor of the Local Radio Freedom Act, a resolution that opposes “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations. The resolution now has 200 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and 19 in the Senate.
Reps. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX) are the principal sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act (H. Con. Res. 17) in the House of Representatives. Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) are the principal sponsors of the companion resolution (S. Con. Res. 4) in the Senate.
“Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station for broadcasting sound recordings over-the-air, or on any business for such public performance of sound recordings,” reads the Local Radio Freedom Act.
The 200 House cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act include (new co-sponsors in bold):
Ralph Abraham (LA-5) Rick Allen (GA-12) Mark Amodei (NV-2) Lou Barletta (PA-11) Joe Barton (TX-6) Joyce Beatty (OH-3) Dan Benishek (MI-1) Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) Sanford Bishop (GA-2) Rod Blum (IA-1) Charles Boustany (LA-3) Kevin Brady (TX-8) Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) Mo Brooks (AL-5) Corinne Brown (FL-5) Vern Buchanan (FL-16) Ken Buck (CO-4) Larry Bucshon (IN-8) Cheri Bustos (IL-17) G.K. Butterfield (NC-1) Bradley Byrne (AL-1) Ken Calvert (CA-42) Michael Capuano (MA-7) John Carney (DE-AL) Buddy Carter (GA-1) Steve Chabot (OH-1) Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-1) Mike Coffman (CO-6) Tom Cole (OK-4) Chris Collins (NY-27) Michael Conaway (TX-11) Paul Cook (CA-8) Joe Courtney (CT-2) Kevin Cramer (ND-AL) Rick Crawford (AR-1) Ander Crenshaw (FL-4) Henry Cuellar (TX-28) John Culberson (TX-7) Rodney Davis (IL-13) Peter DeFazio (OR-4) Charles Dent (PA-15) Sean Duffy (WI-7) Jeff Duncan (SC-3) John Duncan (TN-2) Renee Ellmers (NC-2) Blake Farenthold (TX-27) Michael Fitzpatrick (PA-8) John Fleming (LA-4) Bill Flores (TX-17) Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) Virginia Foxx (NC-5) Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) Scott Garrett (NJ-5) Bob Gibbs (OH-7) Christopher Gibson (NY-19) Paul Gosar (AZ-4) Trey Gowdy (SC-4) Kay Granger (TX-12) Sam Graves (MO-6) Tom Graves (GA-14) Gene Green (TX-29) Glenn Grothman (WI-6) Frank Guinta (NH-1) Brett Guthrie (KY-2) Richard Hanna (NY-22) Cresent Hardy (NV-4) Gregg Harper (MS-3)
Andy Harris (MD-1) Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) Alcee Hastings (FL-20) Joseph Heck (NV-3) Jody Hice (GA-10) French Hill (AR-2) Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15) Richard Hudson (NC-8) Tim Huelskamp (KS-1) Randy Hultgren (IL-14) Will Hurd (TX-23) Robert Hurt (VA-5) Evan Jenkins (WV-3) Lynn Jenkins (KS-2) Bill Johnson (OH-6) David Jolly (FL-13) Walter Jones (NC-3) Jim Jordan (OH-4) David Joyce (OH-14) Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) John Katko (NY-24) William Keating (MA-9) Derek Kilmer (WA-6) Ron Kind (WI-3) Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1) John Kline (MN-2) Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2) Doug LaMalfa (CA-1) Doug Lamborn (CO-5) Leonard Lance (NJ-7) Robert Latta (OH-5) Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2) David Loebsack (IA-2) Billy Long (MO-7) Frank Lucas (OK-3) Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3) Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-1) Ben Ray Lujan (NM-3) Cynthia Lummis (WY-AL) Stephen Lynch (MA-8) Kenny Marchant (TX-24) Thomas Massie (KY-4) Patrick McHenry (NC-10) Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5) David McKinley (WV-1) Martha McSally (AZ-2) Mark Meadows (NC-11) Gregory Meeks (NY-5) Luke Messer (IN-6) John Mica (FL-7) Candice Miller (MI-10) Jeff Miller (FL-1) Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) Mick Mulvaney (SC-5) Randy Neugebauer (TX-19) Dan Newhouse (WA-4) Kristi Noem (SD-AL) Devin Nunes (CA-22) Pete Olson (TX-22) Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) Steven Palazzo (MS-4) Frank Pallone (NJ-6) Bill Pascrell (NJ-9) Erik Paulsen (MN-3) Stevan Pearce (NM-2) Pedro Pierluisi (PR-AL)
Robert Pittenger (NC-9) Joseph Pitts (PA-16) Ted Poe (TX-2) Mike Pompeo (KS-4) Bill Posey (FL-8) Charles Rangel (NY-13) James Renacci (OH-16) Reid Ribble (WI-8) Tom Rice (SC-7) Scott Rigell (VA-2) Harold Rogers (KY-5) Mike Rogers (AL-3) Todd Rokita (IN-4) Peter Roskam (IL-6) Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) Dennis Ross (FL-15) David Rouzer (NC-7) Edward Royce (CA-39) Steve Russell (OK-5) Paul Ryan (WI-1) Tim Ryan (OH-13) Matt Salmon (AZ-5) John Sarbanes (MD-3) Kurt Schrader (OR-5) David Schweikert (AZ-6) Austin Scott (GA-8) David Scott (GA-13) Pete Sessions (TX-32) John Shimkus (IL-15) Bill Shuster (PA-9) Michael Simpson (ID-2) Albio Sires (NJ-8) Adrian Smith (NE-3) Christopher Smith (NJ-4) Jason Smith (MO-8) Elise Stefanik (NY-21) Steve Stivers (OH-15) Marlin Stutzman (IN-3) Glenn Thompson (PA-5) Patrick Tiberi (OH-12) Scott Tipton (CO-3) Michael Turner (OH-10) Fred Upton (MI-6) David Valadao (CA-21) Marc Veasey (TX-33) Filemon Vela (TX-34) Peter Visclosky (IN-1) Ann Wagner (MO-2) Tim Walberg (MI-7) Greg Walden (OR-2) Jackie Walorski (IN-2) Timothy Walz (MN-1) Randy Weber (TX-14) Brad Wenstrup (OH-2) Bruce Westerman (AR-4) Lynn Westmoreland (GA-3) Ed Whitfield (KY-1) Roger Williams (TX-25) Frederica Wilson (FL-24) Joe Wilson (SC-2) Robert Wittman (VA-1) Steve Womack (AR-3) Kevin Yoder (KS-3) David Young (IA-3) Don Young (AK-AL) Ryan Zinke (MT-AL)
The Local Radio Freedom Act’s 19 Senate cosponsors are:
Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) John Barrasso (R-WY) John Boozman (R-AR) Richard Burr (R-NC) Bill Cassidy (R-LA) Tom Cotton (R-AR) Steve Daines (R-MT) Michael Enzi (R-WY) Martin Heinrich (D-NM) Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
James Inhofe (R-OK) Ron Johnson (R-WI) Joe Manchin (D-WV) Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Jerry Moran (R-KS) Pat Roberts (R-KS) Jon Tester (D-MT) Tom Udall (D-NM) David Vitter (R-LA)
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