The number of Members of Congress on record against a performance tax continues to grow. With the recent additions of Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), and Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), the Local Radio Freedom Act (H.Con.Res.17) now has the bipartisan support of 209 Representatives. Still more are needed, however, as 218 is the number of votes needed to guarantee a majority in the House. In the last session of Congress, 233 Representatives put their public stamp of approval on this important legislation.
NRB opposes a performance tax as a new and unwarranted burden on many Christian radio broadcasters. In fact, in 2013, the NRB Board of Directors passed a Resolution to “urge Congress to resist any attempt to create a ‘music performance right’ that would impose a new copyright fee on radio stations that play over-the-air music.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: September 11, 2015