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February 29, 2016
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Seven Members of Congress Added as Co-Sponsors of Local Radio Freedom Act

WASHINGTON, DC -- Five members of the House of Representatives and two Senators have joined as co-sponsors 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, which was introduced in Congress less than eight months ago, has 225 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and 23 in the Senate.

Adding their support for the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House are Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36), Katherine Clark (MA-05), Tom Emmer (MN-6), Al Green (TX-9) and John Yarmuth (KY-03) . Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) has joined as a co-sponsor of the companion resolution 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 225 House co-sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act include (new co-sponsors in bold):

Ralph Abraham (LA-5)
Alma Adams (NC-12)
Rick Allen (GA-12)
Mark Amodei (NV-2)
Brad Ashford (NE-2)
Brian Babin (TX-36)
Lou Barletta (PA-11)
Joe Barton (TX-6)
Andy Barr (KY-6)
Joyce Beatty (OH-3)
Dan Benishek (MI-1)
Gus Bilirakis (FL-12)
Sanford Bishop (GA-2)
Rod Blum (IA-1)
Madeleine Bordallo (AL-GU)
Mike Bost (IL-12)
Charles Boustany (LA-3)
Kevin Brady (TX-8)
Jim Bridenstine (OK-1)
Mo Brooks (AL-5)
Susan Brooks (IN-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)
Andre Carson (IN-7)
Buddy Carter (GA-1)
Kathy Castor (FL-14)
Steve Chabot (OH-1)
Katherine Clark (MA-05)
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)
Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)
Rodney Davis (IL-13)
Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
John Delaney (MD-6)
Charles Dent (PA-15)
Dan Donovan (NY-11)
Sean Duffy (WI-7)
Jeff Duncan (SC-3)
John Duncan (TN-2)
Renee Ellmers (NC-2)
Tom Emmer (MN-6)
Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
Chaka Fattah (PA-2)
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)
Al Green (TX-9)
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)
Trent Kelly (MS-1)
Derek Kilmer (WA-6)
Ron Kind (WI-3)
Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)
Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1)
John Kline (MN-2)
Stephen Knight (CA-25)
Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2)
Darin LaHood (IL-18)
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)
Barry Loudermilk (GA-11)
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)
Alexander Mooney (WV-2)
Seth Moulton (MA-6)
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)
Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (AS-AL)
Charles Rangel (NY-13)
James Renacci (OH-16)
Reid Ribble (WI-8)
Tom Rice (SC-7)
Scott Rigell (VA-2)
Martha Roby (AL-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)
Terri Sewell (AL-7)
John Shimkus (IL-15)
Bill Shuster (PA-9)
Michael Simpson (ID-2)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9)
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)
Mark Walker (NC-6)
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)
John Yarmuth (KY-03)
Kevin Yoder (KS-3)
David Young (IA-3)
Don Young (AK-AL)
Ryan Zinke (MT-AL)

The Local Radio Freedom Act's 25 Senate cosponsors are:

Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
John Barrasso (R-WY)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Steve Daines (R-MT)
Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Dean Heller (R-NV)

John Hoeven (R-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)
Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Jon Tester (D-MT)
Tom Udall (D-NM)
David Vitter (R-LA)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)

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