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NAB Statement on Performance Royalty Legislation

radiofacts.comIn response to the introduction by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, which would force broadcast radio stations to pay a performance royalty for musical airplay, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

NAB respectfully opposes the legislation reintroduced by Rep. Nadler that would impose a job-killing performance royalty on America’s hometown radio stations. NAB remains committed to working with Congress on balanced music licensing proposals that help grow the entire music ecosystem, promote innovation, and recognize the benefit of our free locally-focused platform to both artists and listeners. We’re thankful to 165 House Members and 21 Senators who back the Local Radio Freedom Act that acknowledges broadcast radio’s indispensable role in breaking new artists and promoting record sales.”

Reps. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX) are the principal cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act (H. Con. Res. 13) in the House of Representatives. Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced a companion resolution in the Senate (S. Con. Res. 6). The bipartisan resolution, which opposes “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations, has 165 cosponsors in the House and 21 in the Senate. 

This week, Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-1) and Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) joined as cosponsors of the resolution.

The 165 House co-sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act include (new cosponsor in bold): 

Ralph Abraham (LA-5)
Rick Allen (GA-12)
Mark Amodei (NV-2)
Brian Babin (TX-36)
Jim Banks (IN-3)
Lou Barletta (PA-11)
Andy Barr (KY-6)
Joe Barton (TX-6)
Joyce Beatty (OH-3)
Gus Bilirakis (FL-12)
Sanford Bishop (GA-2)
Rod Blum (IA-1)
Madeleine Bordallo (AL-GU)
Mike Bost (IL-12)
Dave Brat (VA-7)
Jim Bridenstine (OK-1)
Mo Brooks (AL-5) 
Susan Brooks (IN-5)
Larry Bucshon (IN-8)
G.K. Butterfield (NC-1)
Bradley Byrne (AL-1)
Ken Calvert (CA-42) 
Michael Capuano (MA-7)
Andre Carson (IN-7)
Buddy Carter (GA-1)
Kathy Castor (FL-14)
Steve Chabot (OH-1)
Katherine Clark (MA-5)
Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-1)
Mike Coffman (CO-6)
Tom Cole (OK-4)
Chris Collins (NY-27)
James Comer (KY-1)
Michael Conaway (TX-11)
Paul Cook (CA-8)
Joe Courtney (CT-2)
Kevin Cramer (ND-AL)
Rick Crawford (AR-1)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Rodney Davis (IL-13)
Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
John Delaney (MD-6)
Charlie Dent (PA-15)
Debbie Dingell (MI-12) 
Sean Duffy (WI-7)
John Duncan (TN-2)
Keith Ellison (MN-5)
Tom Emmer (MN-6) 
Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
Bill Flores (TX-17) 
Virginia Foxx (NC-5)
Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1)
Mike Gallagher (WI-8)
Bob Gibbs (OH-7)
Paul Gosar (AZ-4)

Kay Granger (TX-12)
Sam Graves (MO-6)
Tom Graves (GA-14)
Al Green (TX-9)
Gene Green (TX-29)
Glenn Grothman (WI-6)
Brett Guthrie (KY-2) 
Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) 
Alcee Hastings (FL-20)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3)
French Hill (AR-2)
Richard Hudson (NC-8)
Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
Evan Jenkins (WV-3)
Lynn Jenkins (KS-2)
Bill Johnson (OH-6)
Walter Jones (NC-3)
Jim Jordan (OH-4)
David Joyce (OH-14)
Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)
John Katko (NY-24)
Bill Keating (MA-9)
Trent Kelly (MS-1)
Derek Kilmer (WA-6)
Ron Kind (WI-3)
Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)
Ann Kuster (NH-2)
Darin LaHood (IL-18)
Doug LaMalfa (CA-1)
Doug Lamborn (CO-5)
Leonard Lance (NJ-7) 
Bob Latta (OH-5)
Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2)
Dave Loebsack (IA-2)
Billy Long (MO-7) 
Frank Lucas (OK-3)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-1)
Stephen Lynch (MA-8)
Kenny Marchant (TX-24)
Roger Marshall (KS-1)
Thomas Massie (KY-4)
Martha McSally (AZ-2)
David McKinley (WV-1)
Luke Messer (IN-6)
Paul Mitchell (MI-10)
Alex Mooney (WV-2)
Markwayne Mullin (OK-2)
Dan Newhouse (WA-4)
Kristi Noem (SD-AL)
Tom O’Halleran (AZ-1)
Pete Olson (TX-22)
Beto O’Rourke (TX-16)
Steven Palazzo (MS-4)
Frank Pallone (NJ-6)

Erik Paulsen (MN-3)
Bill Pascrell (NJ-9)
Steve Pearce (NM-2) 
Robert Pittenger (NC-9) 
Stacey Plaskett (VI-AL)
Ted Poe (TX-2) 
Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (AS-AL)
Jim Renacci (OH-16)
Hal Rogers (KY-5) 
Mike Rogers (AL-3)
Todd Rokita (IN-4)
Dennis Ross (FL-15)
David Rouzer (NC-7) 
Steve Russell (OK-5)
Tim Ryan (OH-13) 
Kurt Schrader (OR-5)
David Schweikert (AZ-6)
David Scott (GA-13)
Terri Sewell (AL-7)
John Shimkus (IL-15)
Bill Shuster (PA-9)
Albio Sires (NJ-8)
Adrian Smith (NE-3)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9)
Chris Smith (NJ-4)
Elise Stefanik (NY-21)
Chris Stewart (UT-2)
Steve Stivers (OH-15) 
Glenn Thompson (PA-5)
Pat Tiberi (OH-12)
Michael Turner (OH-10)
Fred Upton (MI-6)
David Valadao (CA-21)
Marc Veasey (TX-33)
Filemon Vela (TX-34)
Peter Visclosky (IN-1)
Ann Wagner (MO-2)
Tim Walberg (MI-7)
Mark Walker (NC-6)
Greg Walden (OR-2)
Jackie Walorski (IN-2)
Tim Walz (MN-1)
Randy Weber (TX-14)
Brad Wenstrup (OH-2)
Bruce Westerman (AR-4)
Rob Wittman (VA-1)
Frederica Wilson (FL-24)
Joe Wilson (SC-2)
Steve Womack (AR-3)
John Yarmuth (KY-3)
Kevin Yoder (KS-3)
David Young (IA-3)
Don Young (AK-AL) 
Lee Zeldin (NY-01)

The Local Radio Freedom Act’s 21 Senate cosponsors are (new cosponsors in bold):

John Barrasso (R-WY)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Steve Daines (R-MT)
Mike Enzi (R-WY)
Deb Fischer (R-NE)
Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
John Hoeven (R-ND)
James Inhofe (R-OK)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Jon Tester (D-MT)
Tom Udall (D-NM)

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