Three Republicans in the House have gone to bat for RIAA and the Performance Rights Act, telling fellow members of the GOP that the “appropriate conservative response” is to vote for the bill. They note that NAB likes to refer to the fee as a “tax” and, being conservatives, they are opposed to new taxes. But they say the fee is not a tax and would reverse the “United States’ unenviable position as the only nation in the developed world that does not require terrestrial broadcasters to compensate performing artists for use of their copyrighted musical works.” The letter sent to fellow Republicans was signed by Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Darrell Issa (R-CA) and John Shadegg (R-AZ). Only Issa is a member of the subcommittee meeting today.
Read the letter in the pdf attachment below