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July 23, 2021

Ten Representatives, Four Senators Join as Local Radio Freedom Act Cosponsors

169 Representatives, 22 Senators cosponsoring resolution opposing performance royalty on local radio

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ten members of the House of Representatives and four Senators have added their support 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 169 cosponsors in the House and 22 in the Senate.

Adding their support recently for the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House are Reps. Stephanie Bice (R-OK-5), Sharice Davids (D-KS-3), Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-4), Randy Feenstra (R-IA-4), Lance Gooden (R-TX-5), Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6), Alex Mooney (R-WV-2), Tom Reed (R-NY-23), Pete Sessions (R-TX-17) and David Valadao (R-CA-21).

Adding their support for the resolution in the Senate are Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

Reps. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14) and Steve Womack (R-AR-3) are the principal cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House of Representatives. Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and John Barrasso (R-WY) are the lead cosponsors of a companion resolution 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 the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station broadcast over the air," reads the Local Radio Freedom Act.

The 169 House cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act include (new cosponsors in bold):

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)
Troy Balderson (R-OH-12)
Jim Banks (R-IN-3)
Andy Barr (R-KY-6)
Joyce Beatty (D-OH-3)
Jack Bergman (R-MI-1)
Stephanie Bice (R-OK-5)
Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12)
Mike Bost (R-IL-12)
Brendan Boyle (D-PA-2)
Mo Brooks (R-AL-5)
Anthony Brown (D-MD-4)
Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16)
Larry Bucshon (R-IN-8)
Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17)
Ken Calvert (R-CA-42)
Jerry Carl (R-AL-1)
Andre Carson (D-IN-7)
Buddy Carter (R-GA-1)
John Carter (R-TX-31)
Kathy Castor (D-FL-14)
Steve Chabot (R-OH-1)
Liz Cheney (R-WY-AL)
Tom Cole (R-OK-4)
James Comer (R-KY-1)
Jim Costa (D-CA-16)
Joe Courtney (D-CT-2)
Rick Crawford (R-AR-1)
Henry Cueller (D-TX-28)
Sharice Davids (D-KS-3)
Warren Davidson (R-OH-8)
Rodney Davis (R-IL-13)
Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-4)
Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12)
Jeff Duncan (R-SC-3)
Neal Dunn (R-FL-2)
Tom Emmer (R-MN-6)
Dwight Evans (D-PA-3)
Randy Feenstra (R-IA-4)
Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1)
Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE-1)
Virginia Foxx (R-NC-5)
Scott Franklin (R-FL-15)
Mike Gallagher (R-WI-8)
Mike Garcia (R-CA-25)
Bob Gibbs (R-OH-7)
Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH-16)
Vincente Gonzalez (D-TX-15)
Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR-AL)
Lance Gooden (R-TX-5)
Paul Gosar (R-AZ-4)
Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-5)
Kay Granger (R-TX-12)
Sam Graves (R-MO-6)
Glenn Grothman (R-WI-6)
Brett Guthrie (R-KY-2)
Jim Hagedorn (R-MN-1)
Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-4)
Kevin Hern (R-OK-1)
Yvette Herrell (R-NM-2)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-3)
French Hill (R-AR-2)
Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN-9)
Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-6)
Richard Hudson (R-NC-8)
Chris Jacobs (R-NY-27)
Bill Johnson (R-OH-6)
Dusty Johnson (R-SD-AL)
Mike Johnson (R-LA-4)
Jim Jordan (R-OH-4)
David Joyce (R-OH-14)
John Joyce (R-PA-13)
Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9)
Bill Keating (D-MA-9)
Fred Keller (R-PA-12)
Mike Kelly (R-PA-16)
Trent Kelly (R-MS-1)
Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6)
Andy Kim (D-NJ-3)
Ron Kind (D-WI-3)
Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16)
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)
Julia Letlow (R-LA-5)
Barry Loudermilk (R-GA-11)
Frank Lucas (R-OK-3)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO-3)
Elaine Luria (D-VA-2)
Stephen Lynch (D-MA-8)
Nancy Mace (R-SC-1)
Tom Malinowski (D-NJ-7)
Thomas Massie (R-KY-4)
Donald McEachin (D-VA-4)
Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10)
David McKinley (R-WV-1)
Dan Meuser (R-PA-9)
Carol Miller (R-WV-3)
John Moolenaar (R-MI-4)
Alex Mooney (R-WV-2)
Seth Moulton (D-MA-6)
Frank Mrvan (D-IN-1)
Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2)
Greg Murphy (R-NC-3)
Troy Nehls (R-TX-22)
Ralph Norman (R-SC-5)
Devin Nunes (R-CA-22)
Jay Obernolte (R-CA-8)
Tom O'Halleran (D-AZ-1)
Steven Palazzo (R-MS-4)
Chris Pappas (D-NH-1)
Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ-10)
Greg Pence (R-IN-6)
Scott Perry (R-PA-10)
August Pfluger (R-TX-11)
Dean Phillips (D-MN-3)
Bill Posey (R-FL-8)
Amata Radewagen (R-AS-DL)
Tom Reed (R-NY-23)
Tom Rice (R-SC-7)
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)
Gregorio Sablan (D-MP-AL)
Brad Schneider (D-IL-10)
Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5)
David Scott (D-GA-13)
Pete Sessions (R-TX-17)
Terri Sewell (D-AL-7)
Mike Simpson (R-ID-2)
Adrian Smith (R-NE-3)
Pete Stauber (R-MN-8)
Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21)
Bryan Steil (R-WI-1)
Chris Stewart (R-UT-2)
Van Taylor (R-TX-3)
Claudia Tenney (R-NY-22)
Glenn Thompson (R-PA-15)
Tom Tiffany (R-WI-7)
William Timmons (R-SC-4)
Michael Turner (R-OH-10)
Fred Upton (R-MI-6)
David Valadao (R-CA-21)
Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ-2)
Filemon Vela (D-TX-34)
Ann Wagner (R-MO-2)
Tim Walberg (R-MI-7)
Jackie Walorski (R-IN-2)
Randy Weber (R-TX-14)
Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-2)
Bruce Westerman (R-AR-4)
Roger Williams (R-TX-25)
Frederica Wilson (D-FL-24)
Joe Wilson (R-SC-2)
Rob Wittman (R-VA-1)
Steve Womack (R-AR-3)
Don Young (R-AK-AL)
Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1)

The Local Radio Freedom Act's 22 Senate cosponsors are (new cosponsors in bold):

John Barrasso (R-WY)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Mike Braun (R-IN)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Steve Daines (R-MT)
Joni Ernst (R-IA)
Deb Fischer (R-NE)
Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
John Hoeven (R-ND)
Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)
Roger Marshall (R-KS)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Jon Tester (D-MT)
Todd Young (R-IN)

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