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August 29, 2022

Majority of House of Representatives Now Cosponsoring Local Radio Freedom Act

222 Reps., 28 Senators now cosponsor resolution opposing performance royalty on local radio

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives are now cosponsoring the Local Radio Freedom Act, 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 222 cosponsors in the House and 28 in the Senate.

Adding their support for the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House are Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-AL-4), Shontel Brown (D-OH-11), Troy Carter (D-LA-2), Andrew Clyde (R-GA-9), Byron Donalds (R-FL-19), Brad Finstad (R-MN-1), Mike Flood (R-NE-1), Mayra Flores (R-TX-34), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-7), Carlos Gimenez (R-FL-26), Tony Gonzales (R-TX-23), Jody Hice (R-GA-10), Debbie Lesko (R-AZ-8), Burgess Owens (R-UT-4), Stacey Plaskett (D-VI-DL), Matt Rosendale (R-MT-AL), John Rutherford (R-FL-4), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-7), Melanie Stansbury (D-NM-1) and Daniel Webster (R-FL-11). Adding their support for a companion resolution in the House are Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jim Risch (R-ID, Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Roger Wicker (R-MS).

"America's radio broadcasters are deeply thankful to the nearly 250 bipartisan House and Senate cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act," said NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt. "Local radio stations' irreplaceable service to their communities and our decades-long relationship with recording artists would be greatly damaged by a burdensome performance royalty. The support for broadcast radio from a majority of the House helps ensure that local stations can continue playing an indispensable role to our tens of millions of listeners without harming the historic partnership between broadcasters and the record industry."

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

Alma Adams (D-NC-12)
Robert Aderholt (R-AL-4)
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)
Jim Baird (R-IN-4)
Troy Balderson (R-OH-12)
Jim Banks (R-IN-3)
Andy Barr (R-KY-6)
Joyce Beatty (D-OH-3)
Cliff Bentz (R-OR-2)
Jack Bergman (R-MI-1)
Stephanie Bice (R-OK-5)
Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12)
Dan Bishop (R-NC-9)
Sanford Bishop (D-GA-2)
Mike Bost (R-IL-12)
Brendan Boyle (D-PA-2)
Mo Brooks (R-AL-5)
Anthony Brown (D-MD-4)
Shontel Brown (D-OH-11)
Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16)
Larry Bucshon (R-IN-8)
Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17)
Ken Calvert (R-CA-42)
Mike Carey (R-OH-15)
Jerry Carl (R-AL-1)
Andre Carson (D-IN-7)
Buddy Carter (R-GA-1)
John Carter (R-TX-31)
Troy Carter (D-LA-2)
Kathy Castor (D-FL-14)
Steve Chabot (R-OH-1)
Liz Cheney (R-WY-AL)
Andrew Clyde (R-GA-9)
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)
Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-2)
Henry Cueller (D-TX-28)
Sharice Davids (D-KS-3)
Warren Davidson (R-OH-8)
Danny Davis (D-IL-7)
Rodney Davis (R-IL-13)
Peter DeFazio(D-OR-4)
Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-4)
Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12)
Byron Donalds (R-FL-19)
Jeff Duncan (R-SC-3)
Neal Dunn (R-FL-2)
Jake Ellzey (R-TX-6)
Tom Emmer (R-MN-6)
Dwight Evans (D-PA-3)
Pat Fallon (R-TX-4)
Randy Feenstra (R-IA-4)
Drew Ferguson (R-GA-3)
Brad Finstad (R-MN-1)
Michelle Fischbach (R-MN-7)
Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1)
Mike Flood (R-NE-1)
Mayra Flores (R-TX-34)
Virginia Foxx (R-NC-5)
Scott Franklin (R-FL-15)
Mike Gallagher (R-WI-8)
Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-7)
Andrew Garbarino (R-NY-2)
Mike Garcia (R-CA-25)
Bob Gibbs (R-OH-7)
Carlos Gimenez (R-FL-26)
Jared Golden (D-ME-2)
Tony Gonzales (R-TX-23)
Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH-16)
Vincente Gonzalez (D-TX-15)
Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR-DL)
Bob Good (R-VA-5)
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)
Michael Guest (R-MS-3)
Brett Guthrie (R-KY-2)
Andy Harris (R-MD-1)
Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-4)
Kevin Hern (R-OK-1)
Yvette Herrell (R-NM-2)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-3)
Jody Hice (R-GA-10)
French Hill (R-AR-2)
Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN-9)
Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-6)
Richard Hudson (R-NC-8)
Bill Huizenga (R-MI-2)
Ronny Jackson (R-TX-13)
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)
John Katko (R-NY-24)
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)
Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ-2)
Annie Kuster (D-NH-2)
David Kustoff (R-TN-8)
Darin LaHood (R-IL-18)
Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-1)
Doug Lamborn (R-CO-5)
Bob Latta (R-OH-5)
Jake LaTurner (R-KS-2)
Al Lawson (D-FL-5)
Debbie Lesko (R-AZ-8)
Julia Letlow (R-LA-5)
Billy Long (R-MO-7)
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)
Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY-11)
Tracey Mann (R-KS-1)
Kathy Manning (D-NC-6)
Thomas Massie (R-KY-4)
Lisa McClain (R-MI-10)
Betty McCollum (D-MN-4)
Donald McEachin (D-VA-4)
Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10)
David McKinley (R-WV-1)
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-5)
Gregory Meeks (D-NY-5)
Dan Meuser (R-PA-9)
Carol Miller (R-WV-3)
Mary Miller (R-IL-15)
John Moolenaar (R-MI-4)
Alex Mooney (R-WV-2)
Blake Moore (R-UT-1)
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)
Dan Newhouse (R-WA-4)
Ralph Norman (R-SC-5)
Jay Obernolte (R-CA-8)
Tom O'Halleran (D-AZ-1)
Burgess Owens (R-UT-4)
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)
Stacey Plaskett (D-VI-DL)
Bill Posey (R-FL-8)
Amata Radewagen (R-AS-DL)
Tom Rice (R-SC-7)
Hal Rogers (R-KY-5)
Mike Rogers (R-AL-3)
Matt Rosendale (R-MT-AL)
David Rouzer (R-NC-7)
Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD-2)
Bobby Rush (D-IL-1)
John Rutherford (R-FL-4)
Tim Ryan (D-OH-13)
Gregorio Sablan (D-MP-DL)
Brad Schneider (D-IL-10)
Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5)
Austin Scott (R-GA-8)
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)
Albio Sires (D-NJ-8)
Adrian Smith (R-NE-3)
Chris Smith (R-NJ-4)
Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-7)
Melanie Stansbury (D-NM-1)
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)
Beth Van Duyne (R-TX-24)
Marc Veasey (D-TX-33)
Ann Wagner (R-MO-2)
Tim Walberg (R-MI-7)
Randy Weber (R-TX-14)
Daniel Webster (R-FL-11)
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)
Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1)

The Local Radio Freedom Act's 28 Senate cosponsors are (new cosponsors in bold):

John Barrasso (R-WY)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Mike Braun (R-IN)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Tom Cotton (R-AR)
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)
Jim Risch (R-ID)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Jon Tester (D-MT)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Todd Young (R-IN)

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