Three additional House representatives have joined in support of the Songwriter Equity Act, originally introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) (@RepDougCollins) on February 25. The latest co-sponsors are Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR) (@RepTimGriffin), who is a member of the International Anti-Piracy Caucus and who last year stepped in to help a local Arkansas artist who was a victim of piracy; Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) (@RepCohen), who in addition to serving as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice also sits on the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet; and Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) (@DrPhilRoe), who serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions and who has built a strong platform on jobs creation and growth of the economy.
This brings the bill’s total number of co-sponsors to ten. The other seven are: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) (@VoteMarsha), Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) (@JimGerlach), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) (@RepJeffries), Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) (@RepTerriSewell), Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA) (@RepBrady), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) (@RepTrentFranks) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) (@RepJudyChu).
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