In the 113th Congress, nearly 250 lawmakers from both sides of the aisle demonstrated their opposition to a tax on local radio stations by cosponsoring the Local Radio Freedom Act. Click here to see a list of free, local radio supporters from the last Congress.

These champions of radio recognize the promotional value of free radio airplay and the important role stations play in their local communities, delivering important news, emergency information and programming that listeners rely on each day.

In February of 2015, the resolution was introduced again in the House of Representatives by Reps. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Gene Green (TX-29). Sens. John Barrasso (WY) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND) introduced the resolution in the Senate in March. You can view the list of current cosponsors below. If your member of Congress is not on this list, ask him or her to cosponsor and stand up for free, local radio!

Cosponsors of H. Con. Res. 17, the Local Radio Freedom Act

Introduced by: Rep. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Rep. Gene Green (TX-29).

Rep. Ralph Abraham (LA-5)
Rep. Joe Barton (TX-6)
Rep. Dan Benishek (MI-1)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12)
Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. (GA-2)
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (NC-1)
Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-1)
Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42)
Rep. Michael Capuano (MA-7)
Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-1)
Rep. Mike Coffman (CO-6)
Rep. Tom Cole (OK-4)
Rep. Chris Collins (NY-27)
Rep. Paul Cook (CA-8)
Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-2)
Rep. Kevin Cramer (ND-At Large)
Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-1)
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (FL-4)
Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13)
Rep. Charles Dent (PA-15)
Rep. John Duncan Jr. (TN-2)
Rep. Renee Ellmers (NC-2)
Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (PA-8)
Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17)
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1)
Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-5)
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH-7)
Rep. Christopher Gibson (NY-19)
Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-4)
Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12)
Rep. Andy Harris (M1)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO-4)
Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL-20)
Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15)
Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-8)
Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23)
Rep. Robert Hurt (VA-5)
Rep. David Jolly (FL-13)
Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-4)
Rep. David Joyce (OH-14)
Rep. Marcy Kaptu (OH-9)
Rep. William Keating (MA-9)
Rep. Ron Kind (WI-3)
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)
Rep. John Kline (MN-2)
Rep. Ann Kuster (NH-2)
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-1)
Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-7)
Rep. David Loebsack (IA-2)
Rep. Billy Long (MO-7)
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3)
Rep. Stephen Lynch (MA-8)
Rep. Thomas Massie (KY-4)
Rep. David McKinley (WV-1)
Rep. Luke Messer (IN-6)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-2)
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC-5)
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)
Rep. Robert Pittenger (NC-9)
Rep. Ted Poe (TX-2)
Rep. Mike Pompeo (KS-4)
Rep. Charles Rangel (NY-13)
Rep. James Renacci (OH-16)
Rep. Harold Rogers (KY-5)
Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-3)
Rep. Todd Rokita (IN-4)
Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-6)
Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15)
Rep. Edward R. Royce (CA-39)
Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-1)
Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13)
Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-5)
Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-3)
Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-5)
Rep. David Scott (GA-13)
Rep. Pete Sessions (TX-32)
Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA-5)
Rep. Patrick Tiberi (OH-12)
Rep. Michael Turner (OH-10)
Rep. Marc Veasey (TX-33)
Rep. Peter Visclosky (IN-1)
Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-7)
Rep. Greg Walden (OR-2)
Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-1)
Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24)
Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-2)
Rep. Steve Womack (AR-3)
Rep. Kevin Yoder (KS-3)
Rep. Don Young (AK-At Large)

Cosponsors of S. Con. Res. 4, the Local Radio Freedom Act

Introduced by: Sen. John Barrasso (WY) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (ND).

Cosponsor list current as of February 25, 2015. Source:


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U.S. House of Representatives offering statements on the vital role of broadcasters.

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL)

Rep. Hansen Clarke (MI)

Rep. Billy Long (MO)

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY)

Rep. Ted Poe (TX)

Rep. Laura Richardson (CA)

Rep. David Scott (GA)

Rep. Joe Wilson (SC)

Rep. Todd Young (IN)