WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to passage by the Senate Judiciary Committee of the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt:
"NAB applauds today's bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee passage of the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act. In today's media landscape, local news outlets are at the mercy of a handful of Big Tech gatekeepers that dictate the terms by which their content appears online. This legislation would level the playing field by enabling fair negotiations between news publishers and dominant digital platforms for the market value of their local content.
"NAB thanks Sens. Klobuchar and Kennedy for their leadership on this important legislation, and Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Grassley and all of the bill's supporters for voting to advance this bill to the Senate floor. Additionally, we appreciate the constructive engagement of Sens. Cruz and Padilla who entered the markup with substantive legislative concerns, but worked to address them through the amendment process in a way that allowed the bill to move forward."
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