Dems To House Leaders: No Floor Vote On Performance Tax
August 3, 2009 at 8:55 AM (PT)
A group of 22 House Democrats sent a letter late FRIDAY to House leadership, urging Speaker NANCY PELOSI and her colleagues "to refrain from moving performance tax legislation to the floor for a vote." While the RIAA-backed bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee in a 21-9 vote earlier this summer, a bipartisan group of 246 House lawmakers are on record in opposition to the legislation.
In a letter sent to PELOSI, Majority Leader STENY HOYER, Majority Whip JAMES CLYBURN and Democratic Caucus Chairman JOHN LARSON, the 22 Democratic lawmakers wrote, "At this time, Congress lacks adequate information on the overall impact that this legislation could have on local radio broadcasters and the potential disadvantages to our local communities that depend on radio to create jobs and bring residents their local news, emergency information, weather, and information on the activities of their elected governments."
"We are further concerned by the assertions that this bill will unfairly divert money from our local communities and direct those funds primarily to large record labels," the lawmakers continued. "Accordingly, we urge you to refrain from moving H.R. 848 to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives until such time as the impact of this legislation can be fully examined."
Many of those signing FRIDAY's letter are members of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative Democrats, including Reps. HEATH SHULER (NC-11), MIKE ROSS (AR-4), CHARLIE MELANCON (LA-3), and STEPHANIE HERSETH SANDLIN (SD).
Meanwhile, Reps. ANN KIRKPATRICK (AZ-1) and RODNEY FRELINGHUYSEN (NJ-11) have both added their support to the "Local Radio Freedom Act." The Local Radio Freedom Act is now supported by a bipartisan group of 246 House members and 23 U.S. Senators.
Sheila E., Marian Leighton-Levy To Testify Tomorrow
musicFIRST has announced that SHEILA E. and ROUNDER RECORDS co-founder MARIAN LEIGHTON-LEVY will testify on behalf of the musicFIRST COALITION during TUESDAY's Senate Judiciary Hearing on the Performance Rights Act.
"We are grateful for the support of SHEILA E. and MARIAN," said musicFIRST Executive Dir. JENNIFER BENDALL. "SHEILA E. is a great talent. She is a drummer, percussionist, vocalist, songwriter, performer, arranger, producer, composer and instrumentalist. MARIAN and ROUNDER RECORDS have done so much to keep American roots music alive and flourishing. ROUNDER is one of the many indie labels that today define the American music scene. Both SHEILA E. and MARIAN understand that it takes hard work and creative talent to make a song come to life."