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February 6, 2023

NAB Hails Introduction of Resolution Opposing New Performance Fee on Local Radio

Bipartisan coalition of 119 members of Congress introduce Local Radio Freedom Act in House

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A bipartisan coalition of 119 members of the House of Representatives introduced a resolution in Congress today opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) signals policymakers’ opposition to any potential legislation that would impose new performance fees on broadcast radio stations for music airplay.

"NAB applauds these 119 original cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act for supporting local radio listeners and stations in their districts. Broadcast radio provides a unique and irreplaceable service to listeners free of charge,” said NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt. “While foreign record labels seek to line their pockets at the expense of local radio, listeners and artists, we appreciate the lawmakers standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their local radio stations in firm opposition to a new performance fee."

Reps. Steve Womack (R-AR-3) and Kathy Castor (D-FL-14) are the LRFA leads in the House. Similar resolutions were introduced in previous Congresses and garnered widespread, bipartisan support, including more than 250 bipartisan members of the House of Representatives and Senate in the last Congress.

"As a former broadcaster, I understand the important role local radio plays in the lives of Arkansans and Americans,” said Rep. Womack. “From round-the-clock news to entertainment, listeners and communities rely on broadcasts for a variety of needs. But rising fees are making it increasingly impossible to afford operations. It’s essential Congress work to protect the viability of these small businesses. My introduction of the Local Radio Freedom Act is fundamentally about ensuring people have stations to tune into when they move their dial."

"I am proud to support our local radio stations that provide vital programming and essential services across the Tampa Bay area and the country, particularly during natural disasters and emergencies,” said Rep. Castor. “The Local Radio Freedom Act reaffirms Congress's support for local radio stations and opposes new fees or taxes on local, free, broadcast radio which could jeopardize those very services upon which so many rely. Many communities have suffered the loss of local newspapers and we cannot let that happen to local radio we depend on."

Broadcasters from across the country will be in the nation’s capital later this month meeting with members of Congress to encourage support for local radio and the LRFA.

The 119 House cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act are:

Mark Amodei (R-NV-2)
Jodey Arrington (R-TX-19)
Don Bacon (R-NE-2)
Troy Balderson (R-OH-12)
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)
Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16)
Larry Bucshon (R-IN-8)
Julia Budzinski (D-IL-13)
Ken Calvert (R-CA-41)
Mike Carey (R-OH-15)
Jerry Carl (R-AL-1)
Andre Carson (D-IN-7)
John Carter (R-TX-31)
Kathy Castor (D-FL-14)
Andrew Clyde (R-GA-9)
Tom Cole (R-OK-4)
James Comer (R-KY-1)
Jim Costa (D-CA-21)
Joe Courtney (D-CT-2)
Rick Crawford (R-AR-1)
Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28)
Sharice Davids (D-KS-3)
Warren Davidson (R-OH-8)
Monica De La Cruz (R-TX-15)
Debbie Dingell (D-MI-6)
Byron Donalds (R-FL-19)
Jeff Duncan (R-SC-3)
Jake Ellzey (R-TX-6)
Tom Emmer (R-MN-6)
Dwight Evans (D-PA-3)
Mike Ezell (R-MS-4)
Pat Fallon (R-TX-4)
Randy Feenstra (R-IA-4)
Brad Finstad (R-MN-1)
Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1)
Mike Flood (R-NE-1)
Virginia Foxx (R-NC-5)
Scott Franklin (R-FL-18)
Russell Fry (R-SC-7)
Mike Gallagher (R-WI-8)
Mike Garcia (R-CA-27)
Jared Golden (D-ME-2)
Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX-34)
Kay Granger (R-TX-12)
Sam Graves (R-MO-6)
Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA-14)
Glenn Grothman (R-WI-6)
Michael Guest (R-MS-3)
Harriet Hageman (R-WY-AL)
French Hill (R-AR-2)
Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-6)
Richard Hudson (R-NC-9)
Bill Huizenga (R-MI-4)
Wesley Hunt (R-TX-38)
Ronny Jackson (R-TX-13)
Bill Johnson (R-OH-6)
Mike Johnson (R-LA-4)
John Joyce (R-PA-13)
Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9)
Tom Kean (R-NJ-7)
Bill Keating (D-MA-9)
Mike Kelly (R-PA-16)
Trent Kelly (R-MS-1)
Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6)
Andy Kim (D-NJ-3)
Annie Kuster (D-NH-2)
Darin LaHood (R-IL-16)
Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-1)
John Larson (D-CT-1)
Bob Latta (R-OH-5)
Jake LaTurner (R-KS-2)
Julia Letlow (R-LA-5)
Stephen Lynch (D-MA-8)
Nancy Mace (R-SC-1)
Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10)
Dan Meuser (R-PA-9)
John Moolenaar (R-MI-2)
Seth Moulton (D-MA-6)
Frank Mrvan (D-IN-1)
Greg Murphy (R-NC-3)
Troy Nehls (R-TX-22)
Dan Newhouse (R-WA-4)
Ralph Norman (R-SC-5)
Greg Pence (R-IN-6)
August Pfluger (R-TX-11)
Dean Phillips (D-MN-3)
Bill Posey (R-FL-8)
Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS-DL)
Hal Rogers (R-KY-5)
Matt Rosendale (R-MT-2)
Gregorio Sablan (D-MP-DL)
Brad Schneider (D-IL-10)
David Scott (D-GA-13)
Pete Sessions (R-TX-17)
Terri Sewell (D-AL-7)
Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ-11)
Mike Simpson (R-ID-2)
Adrian Smith (R-NE-3)
Chris Smith (R-NJ-4)
Melanie Stansbury (D-NM-1)
Pete Stauber (R-MN-8)
Claudia Tenney (R-NY-24)
Tom Tiffany (R-WI-7)
William Timmons (R-SC-4)
David Valadao (R-CA-22)
Beth Van Duyne (R-TX-24)
Marc Veasey (D-TX-33)
Ann Wagner (R-MO-2)
Tim Walberg (R-MI-5)
Randy Weber (R-TX-14)
Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-2)
Bruce Westerman (R-AR-4)
Rob Wittman (R-VA-1)
Steve Womack (R-AR-3)
Ryan Zinke (R-MT-1)

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