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Keep it Up! Your Efforts in Support of the CASE Act are Working!

By June 17, 2019Advocacy

© Kaveh Sardari

6.17.2019 Update: We are being advised that the House Judiciary Committee (HJC) has scheduled an oversight hearing for the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO) on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.  This is the crucial next step in moving The CASE Act of 2019 forward through the legislative process.

Having questions about the CASE Act arise during this hearing, and be addressed, will allow HJC Chairman Jerrold Nadler to “check the box” under House rules that require all pending bills to have a hearing.   That would, in turn, enable him to then schedule a markup hearing on the bill with the full HJC, hopefully before the August recess.

Assuming the bill receives an overwhelmingly favorable vote out of the HJC markup, then our hope would be that the bill proceed to the House floor “on suspension,” meaning that there would be no opportunity for amendments that could weaken provisions now in the bill.

While the oversight hearing is on the calendar, it is also possible that the date could change based on what is currently before the HJC.  Meanwhile, we are still asking you to continue grassroots efforts to persuade House Members to sign on as co-sponsors.  If we can get to 100 co-sponsors, the bill has a much better chance of passing out of the House and going on to the Senate for action on their companion bill in this session of Congress.

We now have 34 co-sponsors in the House. Help us get to 100.

Keep it up, ASMP! Your advocacy efforts in support of the CASE Act are working in the House, as more Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of the CASE Act since the bill’s introduction on May 1st.

Representatives Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), Mark Walker (R-NC), Lou Correa (D-CA), Debbie Lesko (R-AZ), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), Ed Case (D-HI), John Ratcliffe (R-TX), Ted Deutch (D-FL), David Cicilline (D-RI), Mike Johnson (R-LA), Mary Scanlon (D-PA), Don Bacon (R-NE), Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), Drew Ferguson (R-GA), Harley Rouda (D-CA), Greg Stanton (D-AZ), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Lucy McBath (D-GA), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Val Demings (D-FL), Benny Thompson (D-MS), Ted Budd (R-NC), Steve Cohen (D-TN), and Kenny Marchant (R-TX) have joined as co-sponsors, joining Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, and Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Judy Chu (D-CA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Martha Roby (R-AL), Ben Cline (R-VA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Hank Johnson (D-GA) bringing the total number of House sponsors and co-sponsors to thirty-four.

However, we still need your assist in recruiting additional co-sponsors to those noted above for the CASE Act bill in a push to get to 100 co-sponsors before the legislative mark-up for this House bill is scheduled later this summer, before other legislative issues heat up in the House. So, time is critical!

If your Representative is not listed above, we invite you to join the campaign to encourage your Representative to become a co-sponsor.

If you haven’t already taken action as an ASMP member, we invite you to send an email or tweet to your Representative to encourage their support of the CASE Act by clicking on the orange Take Action Now button below.

If you have already sent an email or a tweet, we invite you to email or tweet again. Make your advocacy a weekly action. We want our legislators to know how important the CASE Act is to the livelihood of visual creators.

We also encourage you to invite family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, clients, and your community-at-large to take action in support of the CASE Act.

If members of your personal network don’t want to sign on as a CASE Act advocate through the ASMP site, they can send an email or tweet directly to their Representative via the Contacting Congress site. They just enter their zip code in the top line of the site to locate their Representative. Then they click on the email or tweet symbol in the Representative’s profile to send a message. See attached sample email and tweet text for copying and pasting into the message to the Representative.

 

Thank you for being an ASMP Advocate! Your actions count!

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