As we reported last week, a delegation of radio stations visited Washington DC to lobby for the "AM Radio in Every Vehicle Act." The legislation has been introduced in the House (HR. 3413) and in the Senate (S. 1669). We are happy to report that our meetings have resulted in immediate success as several members of the New York Delegation have now signed on to the legislation.
We had an excellent discussion with Majority Leader Charles Schumer. During the meeting, he expressed his support for keeping AM radios in vehicles. As the Senate Majority Leader, he does not generally “sign on to bills.” Nonetheless, Leader Schumer’s support will be crucial in moving the legislation through the Senate.
We had an excellent meeting with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office. As a result, Senator Gillibrand is not a co-sponsor of S. 1669. THANK YOU, SENATOR GILLIBRAND!
We had very positive meetings with the New York delegation members in the House of Representatives. We are happy to report that the following members signed on to the bill (H.R. 3413) right after our meetings:
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D. NYC)
Rep. Grace Meng (D. NYC/Long Island)
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D. NYC)
Rep. Paul Tonko (D Albany)
As we go to press, we have a total of seven members of the NY delegation supporting this bipartisan bill. Rep. Claudie Tenney (R. Upstate NY), Rep. Nick Langworthy (R. Western NY), and Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R. NYC) had signed on to the bill previously.
We expect other members of the New York Delegation to sign the bill shortly. Nationwide, 88 members of the House of Representatives and 17 members of the U.S. Senate have co-sponsored the legislation.