Sen. Graham’s Latest Worry: Music Licensing Marketplace Disruption


When it comes to making headlines in the last day, Republican Lindsey Graham, the senior Senator from South Carolina, has had no problem staying in the news. On Sunday (2/17), The New York Times reported that Graham will commit to finding out whether the top Justice Department officials and the FBI conspired in an “attempted bureaucratic coup” designed to remove President Trump from office, confirming that he would subpoena the former FBI director and the deputy attorney general if need be.

Then came comments on CBS’s Face The Nation that suggested the controversial construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall is more important than the construction of a school. “Let’s just say for a moment that he took some money out of the military construction budget. I would say it is better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border,” Graham said. “We’ll get them the school they need, but right now we’ve got a national emergency on our hands.”

Now, Graham is attracting the attention of pro-media industry lobbyists on Capitol Hill. Why? Graham is newly concerned about the status of the DOJ Antitrust Division’s Judgment Termination Program, particularly with respect to consent decrees with the nation’s two largest performing rights organizations. He warns that moving to terminate or even sunset the consent decrees without first working with Congress and his committee would be highly detrimental — even to Radio.

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