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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2009
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Ann Marie Cumming
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Nine More Lawmakers Express Opposition to Label-Led Performance Fee on Radio

--Chairman Rangel, eight others join bipartisan House opposition--

WASHINGTON, DC -- NAB announced today that nine additional lawmakers have signed on to a bipartisan U.S. House of Representatives resolution opposing the introduction of "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local radio stations. The growing chorus of support for The Local Radio Freedom Act now stands at 158.

The Local Radio Freedom Act (H. Con. Res. 49), unveiled last month at a Capitol Hill event hosted by the Free Radio Alliance, was introduced by Reps. Gene Green (TX-29) and Mike Conaway (TX-11). The resolution counters legislation supported by the Recording Industry Association of America, which would levy a new fee on local radio stations for music aired free to listeners.

"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 H. Con. Res. 49.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (NY-15), and Reps. Steve Buyer (IN-4), Danny Davis (IL-7), Deborah Halvorson (IL-11), Tim Holden (PA-17), James Oberstar (MN-8), Ed Whitfield (KY-1), Harold Rogers (KY-5), and Fred Upton (MI-6) have all added their support to the Local Radio Freedom Act, bringing the total bipartisan support to 158 House lawmakers. To date, the following members of Congress have co-sponsored the resolution:

Robert Aderholt (AL-4)
Todd Akin (MO-2)
Rodney Alexander (LA-5)
Jason Altmire (PA-4)
Mike Arcuri (NY-24)
Steve Austria (OH-7)
Michele Bachmann (MN-6)
Spencer Bachus (AL-6)
Gresham Barrett (SC-3)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Melissa Bean (IL-8)
Marion Berry (AR-1)
Judy Biggert (IL-13)
Sanford Bishop (GA-2)
Roy Blunt (MO-7)
Jo Bonner (AL-1)
John Boozman (AR-3)
Leonard Boswell (IA-3)
Charles Boustany (LA-7)
Allen Boyd (FL-2)
Kevin Brady (TX-8)
Bruce Braley (IA-1)
Bobby Bright (AL-2)
Paul Broun (GA-10)
Corrine Brown (FL-3)
Henry Brown (SC-1)
Ginny Brown-Waite (FL-5)
Michael Burgess (TX-26)
Dan Burton (IN-5)
Steve Buyer (IN-4)
Shelly Moore Capito (WV-2)
Mike Capuano (MA-8)
Andre Carson (IN-7)
John Carter (TX-31)
William Lacy Clay (MO-1)
Tom Cole (OK-4)
Mike Conaway (TX-11)
Jerry Costello (IL-12)
Joseph Courtney (CT-2)
Ander Crenshaw (FL-4)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
John Culberson (TX-7)
Artur Davis (AL-7)
Danny Davis (IL-7)
Geoff Davis (KY-4)
Lincoln Davis (TN-4)
Charles Dent (PA-15)
Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL-21)
Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)
Norm Dicks (WA-6)
Joe Donnelly (IN-2)
Chet Edwards (TX-17)
Vernon Ehlers (MI-3)
Brad Ellsworth (IN-8)
Jo Ann Emerson (MO-8)
John Fleming (LA-4)
Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1)
Virginia Foxx (NC-5)
Jim Gerlach (PA-6)
Phil Gingrey (GA-11)
Kay Granger (TX-12)
Sam Graves (MO-6)
Al Green (TX-9)
Gene Green (TX-29)
Parker Griffith (AL-5)
Brett Guthrie (KY-2)
Ralph Hall (TX-4)
Deborah Halvorson (IL-11)
Phil Hare (IL-17)
Doc Hastings (WA-4)
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD-AL)
Baron Hill (IN-9)
Pete Hoekstra (MI-2)
Tim Holden (PA-17)
Duncan Hunter (CA-52)
Lynn Jenkins (KS-2)
Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Timothy Johnson (IL-15)
Walter Jones (NC-3)
Jim Jordan (OH-4)
Steve Kagen (WI-8)
Jack Kingston (GA-1)
John Kline (MN-2)
Rick Larsen (WA-2)
Steve LaTourette (OH-14)
Robert Latta (OH-5)
Chris Lee (NY-26)
Frank Lucas (OK-3)
Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2)
Dave Loebsack (IA-2)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9)
Cynthia Lummis (WY-AL)
Don Manzullo (IL-16)
Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4)
Michael McCaul (TX-10)
Tom McClintock (CA-4)
Patrick McHenry (NC-10)
John McHugh (NY-23)
Mike McIntyre (NC-7)
Cathy McMorris Rogers (WA-5)
Michael Michaud (ME-2)
Candice Miller (MI-10)
Gary Miller (CA-42)
Jeff Miller (FL-1)
Walt Minnick (ID-1)
Harry Mitchell (AZ-5)
Jerry Moran (KS-1)
Sue Myrick (NC-9)
Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)
Devin Nunes (CA-21)
James Oberstar (MN-8)
Solomon Ortiz (TX-27)
Frank Pallone (NJ-6)
Bill Pascrell (NJ-8)
Tom Petri (WI-6)
Pedro Pierluisi (PR-At Large)
Joe Pitts (PA-16)
Todd Platts (PA-19)
Ted Poe (TX-2)
Bill Posey (FL-15)
Tom Price (GA-6)
Nick Rahall (WV-3)
Charles Rangel (NY-15)
Dennis Rehberg (MT-AL)
Silvestre Reyes (TX-16)
Harold Rogers (KY-5)
Mike Rogers (AL-3)
Peter Roskam (IL-6)
Mike Ross (AR-4)
Paul Ryan (WI-1)
Tim Ryan (OH-17)
Aaron Schock (IL-18)
David Scott (GA-13)
Pete Sessions (TX-32)
John Shimkus (IL-19)
Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1)
Heath Shuler (NC-11)
Bill Shuster (PA-9)
Mike Simpson (ID-2)
Adrian Smith (NE-3)
Mark Souder (IN-3)
John Spratt (SC-5)
Bart Stupak (MI-1)
John Sullivan (OK-1)
Lee Terry (NE-2)
Mike Thompson (CA-1)
Glenn Thompson (PA-5)
Todd Tiahrt (KS-4)
Pat Tiberi (OH-12)
Mike Turner (OH-3)
Fred Upton (MI-6)
Greg Walden (OR-2)
Lynn Westmoreland (GA-3)
Ed Whitfield (KY-1)
Charlie Wilson (OH-6)
Joe Wilson (SC-2)
Rob Wittman (VA-1)
Don Young (AK-At Large)

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