Washington - Mar 25, 2010 - The day before the U.S. House of Representatives planned to recess, 56 Democrats and 63 Republicans signed letters sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader John Boehner, respectively, detailing their opposition to the terrestrial performance fee. The letters ask the legislation to not be brought to the House floor.
Both letters state that passage of the bill would harm employment in the more than 100,000 U.S. radio jobs by eliminating the terrestrial radio exemption of the performance fee. The letter also states that main beneficiary of the fee would be the record labels, most of which are foreign-owned.
Read the letter to Speaker Pelosi and the letter to Minority Leader Boehner.
The NAB reports that 260 House members and 27 U.S. Senators are on record in opposition to the bill to instate the performance fee.