Can This Congress Pass The ‘Local Radio Freedom Act’?

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan coalition of 124 Members of Congress have joined together to introduce resolutions in the House of Representatives and the Senate opposing “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations. 


Call it Take Two for The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) — and a pledge from these Capitol Hill legislators to oppose any potential legislation that would impose new performance royalties on broadcast radio stations for music airplay.

For the 116th Congress, the LRFA is H. Con. Res. 20 — a bipartisan “continuing resolution” co-sponsored by Reps. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) and Michael Conaway (R-Tex.). Some 116 other House members have affixed their signature to the resolution.

In the Senate, it is S. Con. Res. 5. The companion resolution is co-sponsored by Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N. Mex.) are the lead co-sponsors; there are presently three others.

The Local Radio Freedom Act’s five Senate cosponsors are:

John Barrasso (R-WY)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Susan Collins (R-ME)

Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
Tom Udall (D-CO)

In the 115th Congress, a similar resolution was introduced in the House and Senate, in January 2017. The House resolution was introduced with 115 co-sponsors, and eventually gathered 227 signatures. The Senate resolution garnered 28 signatures.

The resolution reads:
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.

“America’s hometown broadcasters are deeply grateful for this broad, bipartisan display of Congressional support for the Local Radio Freedom Act,” NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith said. “Decade after decade, free radio airplay has propelled the careers of countless performing artists and generated hundreds of millions in revenue for the record labels. We thank lawmakers for standing in opposition to a job-killing performance royalty that threatens to destroy the economics of local radio.”


The 119 House co-sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act include:

Rick Allen (R-GA-12)
Jodey Arrington (R-TX-19)
Brian Babin (R-TX-36)
Jim Banks (R-IN-3)
Joyce Beatty (D-OH-3)
Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12)
Mike Bost (R-IL-12)
Brendan Boyle (D-PA-2)
Mo Brooks (R-AL-5)
Susan Brooks (R-IN-5)
Anthony Brown (D-MD-4)
Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16)
Ted Budd (R-NC-13)
Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17)
G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-1)
Ken Calvert (R-CA-42)
Buddy Carter (R-GA-1)
Kathy Castor (D-FL-14)
Steve Chabot (R-OH-1)
Lacy Clay (D-MO-1)
Tom Cole (R-OK-4)
Chris Collins (R-NY-27)
James Comer (R-KY-1)
Michael Conaway (R-TX-11)
Paul Cook (R-CA-8)
Joe Courtney (D-CT-2)
Rick Crawford (R-AR-1)
Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28)
Warren Davidson (R-OH-8)
Rodney Davis (R-IL-13)
Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4)
Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12)
Sean Duffy (R-WI-7)
Jeff Duncan (R-SC-3)
Neal Dunn (R-FL-2)
Tom Emmer (R-MN-6)
Dwight Evans (D-PA-3)
Bill Flores (R-TX-17)
Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE-1)
Virginia Foxx (R-NC-5)
Mike Gallagher (R-WI-8)

Greg Gianforte (R-MT-AL)
Bob Gibbs (R-OH-7)
Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX-15)
Jennifer Gonzalez Colon (R-PR-DL)
Paul Gosar (R-AZ-4)
Tom Graves (R-GA-14)
Glenn Grothman (R-WI-6)
Jim Hagedorn (R-MN-1)
Andy Harris (R-MD-1)
Alcee Hastings (D-FL-20)
Jody Hice (R-GA-10)
French Hill (R-AR-2)
Bill Johnson (R-OH-6)
Jim Jordan (R-OH-4)
Bill Keating (D-MA-9)
Mike Kelly (R-PA-16)
Trent Kelly (R-MS-1)
Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6)
Ron Kind (D-WI-3)
Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16)
Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ-2)
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)
Dave Loebsack (D-IA-2)
Billy Long (R-MO-7)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO-3)
Stephen Lynch (D-MA-8)
Roger Marshall (R-KS-1)
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)
Mark Meadows (R-NC-11)
Paul Mitchell (R-MI-10)
Alex Mooney (R-WV-2)

Seth Moulton (D-MA-6)
Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2)
Dan Newhouse (R-WA-4)
Devin Nunes (R-CA-22)
Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ-1)
Pete Olson (R-TX-22)
Steven Palazzo (R-MS-4)
Frank Pallone (D-NJ-6)
Donald Payne (D-NJ-10)
Bill Posey (R-FL-8)
Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS-DL)
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-5)
Hal Rogers (R-KY-5)
Mike Rogers (R-AL-3)
David Rouzer (R-NC-7)
Bobby Rush (D-IL-1)
Tim Ryan (D-OH-13)
David Scott (D-GA-13)
John Shimkus (R-IL-15)
Mike Simpson (R-ID-2)
Adrian Smith (R-NE-3)
Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21)
Steve Stivers (R-OH-15)
Mike Turner (R-OH-10)
Fred Upton (R-MI-6)
Ann Wagner (R-MO-2)
Tim Walberg (R-MI-7)
Greg Walden (R-OR-2)
Mark Walker (R-NC-6)
Randy Weber (R-TX-14)
Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-2)
Bruce Westerman (R-AR-4)
Roger Williams (R-TX-25)
Joe Wilson (R-SC-2)
Steve Womack (R-AR-3)
John Yarmuth (D-KY-3)
Don Young (R-AK-AL)
Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1)