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March 5, 2019
Dennis Wharton
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Thirteen Representatives and Senators Added as Cosponsors of Local Radio Freedom Act

140 House Members, 13 Senators now support anti-performance royalty resolution

WASHINGTON, DC -- Seven Members of the House of Representatives and six 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) signals Members of Congress's opposition to any potential legislation that would impose new performance royalties on broadcast radio stations for music airplay.

Adding their support recently for the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House are Reps. Michael Guest (R-MS-3), Brett Guthrie (R-KY-2), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-3), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9), Terri Sewell (D-AL-7), Pete Stauber (R-MN-8) and Chris Stewart (R-UT-2). Adding their support for the companion resolution in the Senate are Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jon Tester (D-MT) and Todd Young (R-IN).

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 140 House cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act include (new cosponsors in bold):

Rick Allen (R-GA-12)
Mark Amodei (R-NV-2)
Jodey Arrington (R-TX-19)
Brian Babin (R-TX-36)
Jim Banks (R-IN-3)
Andy Barr (R-KY-6)
Joyce Beatty (D-OH-3)
Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Andy Harris (R-MD-1)
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 Johnson (R-OH-6)
Jim Jordan (R-OH-4)
David Joyce (R-OH-14)
Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9)
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)
Dave Loebsack (D-IA-2)
Billy Long (R-MO-7)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO-3)
Stephen Lynch (D-MA-8)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Adrian Smith (R-NE-3)
Pete Stauber (R-MN-8)
Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21)
Chris Stewart (R-UT-2)
Steve Stivers (R-OH-15)
Mike Turner (R-OH-10)
Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ-2)
Fred Upton (R-MI-6)
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 13 Senate cosponsors are (new cosponsors in bold):

John Barrasso (R-WY)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Steve Daines (R-MT)
Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Maggie Hassan (D-NH)

Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Jon Tester (D-MT)
Tom Udall (D-CO)
Todd Young (R-IN)

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