WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - One Wisconsin Congressman hasn't yet made up his mind on whether or not to support the so-called "performance tax". The bill would impose a fee on music radio stations for every song they play.
"I'm not going to comment on the bill. I haven't read it. I haven't talked to anyone about it I don't know what the details are and I don't know what the arguments are on both sides," Rep. David Obey (D-Wausau) said.
Under the measure, some artists say they would be fairly compensated when their songs are played on the radio -- but the National Association of Broadcasters calls it a "bailout" for struggling record labels and says it could force some stations off the air. Obey doesn’t think the bill will come up for a vote because so many lawmakers oppose it.
"This bill has been blocked for a long time -- I suspect it's going nowhere," Obey said.
A similar bill is making its way through the Senate. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) voted to pass the bill out of committee. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) voted against it.