Five Representatives, Two Senators Add Support for Local Radio Freedom Act
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2019
166 House Members, 21 Senators now oppose performance royalty on radio broadcasters
WASHINGTON, DC — Five Members of the House of Representatives and two Senators have added their cosponsorship to a resolution opposing “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA), which signals Members of Congress’s opposition to any potential legislation that imposes new performance royalties on broadcast radio stations for music airplay, now has 166 cosponsors in the House and 21 in the Senate.
Adding their support recently for the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House are Reps. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-4), Barry Loudermilk (R-GA-11), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD-2), Chris Smith (R-NJ-4) and Albio Sires (D-NJ-8). Adding their support for the companion resolution in the Senate are Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and James Inhofe (R-OK).
Reps. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14) and Michael Conaway (R-TX-11) are the principal cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House of Representatives (H. Con. Res. 20). Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) are the lead cosponsors of a companion resolution in the Senate (S. Con. Res. 5).
“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 the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station broadcast over the air,” reads the Local Radio Freedom Act.
The 166 House cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act include (new cosponsors in bold):
Ralph Abraham (R-LA-5) Alma Adams (D-NC-12) Rick Allen (R-GA-12) Mark Amodei (R-NV-2) Jodey Arrington (R-TX-19) Brian Babin (R-TX-36) Don Bacon (R-NE-2) Jim Banks (R-IN-3) Andy Barr (R-KY-6) Joyce Beatty (D-OH-3) Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12) Sanford Bishop (D-GA-2) Mike Bost (R-IL-12) Brendan Boyle (D-PA-2) Mo Brooks (R-AL-5) Susan Brooks (R-IN-5) Anthony Brown (D-MD-4) Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16) Ted Budd (R-NC-13) Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-1) Bradley Byrne (R-AL-1) Ken Calvert (R-CA-42) Andre Carson (D-IN-7) Buddy Carter (R-GA-1) Kathy Castor (D-FL-14) Steve Chabot (R-OH-1) Liz Cheney (R-WY-AL) Lacy Clay (D-MO-1) Tom Cole (R-OK-4) Chris Collins (R-NY-27) James Comer (R-KY-1) Michael Conaway (R-TX-11) Paul Cook (R-CA-8) Jim Costa (D-CA-16) Joe Courtney (D-CT-2) Rick Crawford (R-AR-1) Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) Warren Davidson (R-OH-8) Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4) Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12) Sean Duffy (R-WI-7) Jeff Duncan (R-SC-3) Neal Dunn (R-FL-2) Tom Emmer (R-MN-6) Dwight Evans (D-PA-3) Drew Ferguson (R-GA-3) Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1) Bill Flores (R-TX-17) Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE-1) Virginia Foxx (R-NC-5) Mike Gallagher (R-WI-8) Greg Gianforte (R-MT-AL) Bob Gibbs (R-OH-7) Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX-15) Jennifer Gonzalez Colon (R-PR-DL)
Paul Gosar (R-AZ-4) Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) Kay Granger (R-TX-12) Sam Graves (R-MO-6) Tom Graves (R-GA-14) Glenn Grothman (R-WI-6) Michael Guest (R-MS-3) Brett Guthrie (R-KY-2) Jim Hagedorn (R-MN-1) Josh Harder (D-CA-10) Andy Harris (R-MD-1) Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-4) Alcee Hastings (D-FL-20) Kevin Hern (R-OK-1) Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-3) Jody Hice (R-GA-10) French Hill (R-AR-2) Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN-9) Richard Hudson (R-NC-8) Bill Huizenga (R-MI-2) Bill Johnson (R-OH-6) Jim Jordan (R-OH-4) David Joyce (R-OH-14) Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9) John Katko (R-NY-24) Bill Keating (D-MA-9) Mike Kelly (R-PA-16) Trent Kelly (R-MS-1) Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6) Ron Kind (D-WI-3) Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ-2) Annie Kuster (D-NH-2) Darin LaHood (R-IL-18) Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-1) Doug Lamborn (R-CO-5) Bob Latta (R-OH-5) Al Lawson (D-FL-5) Susie Lee (D-NV-3) Dave Loebsack (D-IA-2) Billy Long (R-MO-7) Barry Loudermilk (R-GA-11) Frank Lucas (R-OK-3) Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO-3) Stephen Lynch (D-MA-8) Kenny Marchant (R-TX-24) Roger Marshall (R-KS-1) Thomas Massie (R-KY-4) Betty McCollum (D-MN-4) Donald McEachin (D-VA-4) Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) David McKinley (R-WV-1) Mark Meadows (R-NC-11) Gregory Meeks (D-NY-5) Paul Mitchell (R-MI-10)
Alex Mooney (R-WV-2) Seth Moulton (D-MA-6) Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2) Dan Newhouse (R-WA-4) Ralph Norman (R-SC-5) Devin Nunes (R-CA-22) Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ-1) Pete Olson (R-TX-22) Steven Palazzo (R-MS-4) Frank Pallone (D-NJ-6) Donald Payne (D-NJ-10) Greg Pence (R-IN-6) Bill Posey (R-FL-8) Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS-DL) Tom Reed (R-NY-23) Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-5) Hal Rogers (R-KY-5) Mike Rogers (R-AL-3) David Rouzer (R-NC-7) Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD-2) Bobby Rush (D-IL-1) Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) David Scott (D-GA-13) Terri Sewell (D-AL-7) John Shimkus (R-IL-15) Mike Simpson (R-ID-2) Albio Sires (D-NJ-8) Adrian Smith (R-NE-3) Chris Smith (R-NJ-4) Pete Stauber (R-MN-8) Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) Bryan Steil (R-WI-1) Chris Stewart (R-UT-2) Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) Glenn Thompson (R-PA-15) Mike Turner (R-OH-10) Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ-2) Fred Upton (R-MI-6) Filemon Vela (D-TX-34) Ann Wagner (R-MO-2) Tim Walberg (R-MI-7) Greg Walden (R-OR-2) Mark Walker (R-NC-6) Jackie Walorski (R-IN-2) Steve Watkins (R-KS-2) Randy Weber (R-TX-14) Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-2) Bruce Westerman (R-AR-4) Roger Williams (R-TX-25) Joe Wilson (R-SC-2) Steve Womack (R-AR-3) John Yarmuth (D-KY-3) Don Young (R-AK-AL) Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1)
The Local Radio Freedom Act’s 21 Senate cosponsors are (new cosponsor in bold):
John Barrasso (R-WY) John Boozman (R-AR) Richard Burr (R-NC) Susan Collins (R-ME) Tom Cotton (R-AR) Kevin Cramer (R-ND) Steve Daines (R-MT) Michael Enzi (R-WY) Deb Fischer (R-NE) Cory Gardner (R-CO) Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
Martin Heinrich (D-NM) John Hoeven (R-ND) James Inhofe (R-OK) Ron Johnson (R-WI) Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Dan Sullivan (R-AK) Jon Tester (D-MT) Tom Udall (D-CO) Todd Young (R-IN)
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