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January 21, 2022

Eleven Representatives Join as Cosponsors of Local Radio Freedom Act

208 Representatives, 24 Senators cosponsoring resolution opposing performance royalty on local radio

National Religious Broadcasters announce support for preserving free market in music licensing

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Eleven members of the House of Representatives 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 208 cosponsors in the House and 24 in the Senate.

Adding their support recently for the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House are Reps. Cliff Bentz (R-OR-2), Mike Carey (R-OH-15), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-2), Pat Fallon (R-TX-4), Andrew Garbarino (R-NY-2), Bill Huizenga (R-MI-2), Tracey Mann (R-KS-1), Kathy Manning (D-NC-6), Mary Miller (R-IL-15), Austin Scott (R-GA-8), Chris Smith (R-NJ-4).

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.

This week, the National Religous Broadcasters voiced its support for the Local Radio Freedom Act and preserving a free market for music licensing. NRB said many of its members already pay music licensing fees and provide free promotion to the record industry, and that a performance royalty would financially cripple local broadcasters.

The 208 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Michelle Fischbach (R-MN-7)
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)
Andrew Garbarino (R-NY-2)
Mike Garcia (R-CA-25)
Bob Gibbs (R-OH-7)
Jared Golden (D-ME-2)
Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH-16)
Vincente Gonzalez (D-TX-15)
Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR-AL)
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)
Jim Hagedorn (R-MN-1)
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)
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)
Chris Jacobs (R-NY-27)
Ronny Jackson (R-TX-13)
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)
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)
Betty McCollum (D-MN-4)
Donald McEachin (D-VA-4)
Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10)
David McKinley (R-WV-1)
Lisa McClain (R-MI-10)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 24 Senate cosponsors are:

John Barrasso (R-WY)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Mike Braun (R-IN)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
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)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Jon Tester (D-MT)
Todd Young (R-IN)

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