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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2017
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Eight Representatives, Senator Add Support for Local Radio Freedom Act

WASHINGTON, DC -- Eight Representatives and one Senator have joined as cosponsors of a resolution that opposes "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) now has 164 cosponsors in the House and 18 in the Senate.

Adding their support for the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House are Reps. Dave Brat (VA-7), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Tom Graves (GA-14), Alcee Hastings (FL-20), Albio Sires (NJ-8), Filemon Vela (TX-34), Peter Visclosky (IN-1) and Lee Zeldin (NY-01). Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) is the new cospsonsor of the Senate resolution.

Reps. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX) are the principal cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act (H. Con. Res. 13) in the House of Representatives. Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced a companion resolution in the Senate (S. Con. Res. 6).

"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 164 House co-sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act include (new cosponsors in bold):

Ralph Abraham (LA-5)
Rick Allen (GA-12)
Mark Amodei (NV-2)
Brian Babin (TX-36)
Jim Banks (IN-3)
Lou Barletta (PA-11)
Andy Barr (KY-6)
Joe Barton (TX-6)
Joyce Beatty (OH-3)
Gus Bilirakis (FL-12)
Sanford Bishop (GA-2)
Rod Blum (IA-1)
Madeleine Bordallo (AL-GU)
Mike Bost (IL-12)
Dave Brat (VA-7)
Jim Bridenstine (OK-1)
Mo Brooks (AL-5)
Susan Brooks (IN-5)
Larry Bucshon (IN-8)
G.K. Butterfield (NC-1)
Ken Calvert (CA-42)
Michael Capuano (MA-7)
Andre Carson (IN-7)
Buddy Carter (GA-1)
Kathy Castor (FL-14)
Steve Chabot (OH-1)
Katherine Clark (MA-5)
Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-1)
Mike Coffman (CO-6)
Tom Cole (OK-4)
Chris Collins (NY-27)
James Comer (KY-1)
Michael Conaway (TX-11)
Paul Cook (CA-8)
Joe Courtney (CT-2)
Kevin Cramer (ND-AL)
Rick Crawford (AR-1)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Rodney Davis (IL-13)
Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
John Delaney (MD-6)
Charlie Dent (PA-15)
Debbie Dingell (MI-12)
Sean Duffy (WI-7)
John Duncan (TN-2)
Keith Ellison (MN-5)
Tom Emmer (MN-6)
Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
Bill Flores (TX-17)
Virginia Foxx (NC-5)
Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1)
Mike Gallagher (WI-8)
Bob Gibbs (OH-7)
Paul Gosar (AZ-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)
Brett Guthrie (KY-2)
Vicky Hartzler (MO-4)
Alcee Hastings (FL-20)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3)
French Hill (AR-2)
Richard Hudson (NC-8)
Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
Evan Jenkins (WV-3)
Lynn Jenkins (KS-2)
Bill Johnson (OH-6)
Walter Jones (NC-3)
Jim Jordan (OH-4)
David Joyce (OH-14)
Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)
John Katko (NY-24)
Bill Keating (MA-9)
Trent Kelly (MS-1)
Derek Kilmer (WA-6)
Ron Kind (WI-3)
Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)
Ann Kuster (NH-2)
Darin LaHood (IL-18)
Doug LaMalfa (CA-1)
Doug Lamborn (CO-5)
Leonard Lance (NJ-7)
Bob Latta (OH-5)
Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2)
Dave Loebsack (IA-2)
Billy Long (MO-7)
Frank Lucas (OK-3)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-1)
Stephen Lynch (MA-8)
Kenny Marchant (TX-24)
Roger Marshall (KS-1)
Thomas Massie (KY-4)
Martha McSally (AZ-2)
David McKinley (WV-1)
Luke Messer (IN-6)
Paul Mitchell (MI-10)
Alex Mooney (WV-2)
Markwayne Mullin (OK-2)
Dan Newhouse (WA-4)
Kristi Noem (SD-AL)
Tom O'Halleran (AZ-1)
Pete Olson (TX-22)
Beto O'Rourke (TX-16)
Steven Palazzo (MS-4)
Frank Pallone (NJ-6)

Erik Paulsen (MN-3)
Bill Pascrell (NJ-9)
Steve Pearce (NM-2)
Robert Pittenger (NC-9)
Stacey Plaskett (VI-AL)
Ted Poe (TX-2)
Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (AS-AL)
Jim Renacci (OH-16)
Hal Rogers (KY-5)
Mike Rogers (AL-3)
Todd Rokita (IN-4)
Dennis Ross (FL-15)
David Rouzer (NC-7)
Steve Russell (OK-5)
Tim Ryan (OH-13)
Kurt Schrader (OR-5)
David Schweikert (AZ-6)
David Scott (GA-13)
Terri Sewell (AL-7)
John Shimkus (IL-15)
Bill Shuster (PA-9)
Albio Sires (NJ-8)
Adrian Smith (NE-3)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9)
Chris Smith (NJ-4)
Elise Stefanik (NY-21)
Chris Stewart (UT-2)
Steve Stivers (OH-15)
Glenn Thompson (PA-5)
Pat Tiberi (OH-12)
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)
Mark Walker (NC-6)
Greg Walden (OR-2)
Jackie Walorski (IN-2)
Tim Walz (MN-1)
Randy Weber (TX-14)
Brad Wenstrup (OH-2)
Bruce Westerman (AR-4)
Rob Wittman (VA-1)
Frederica Wilson (FL-24)
Joe Wilson (SC-2)
Steve Womack (AR-3)
John Yarmuth (KY-3)
Kevin Yoder (KS-3)
David Young (IA-3)
Don Young (AK-AL)
Lee Zeldin (NY-01)

The Local Radio Freedom Act's 18 Senate cosponsors are (new cosponsor in bold):

John Barrasso (R-WY)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Steve Daines (R-MT)
Mike Enzi (R-WY)
Deb Fischer (R-NE)

Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
John Hoeven (R-ND)
James Inhofe (R-OK)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Jon Tester (D-MT)
Tom Udall (D-NM)

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