Barr, Comer, Rogers are signatories on letter to Trump

Hundreds of Senators, Representatives ask Trump to direct advertising to help local media outlets during COVID-19

By Paul J. Boyle, News Media Alliance | Read more

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that when we face our largest challenges, one of our greatest needs is access to reliable news and information.

Representatives and Senators on both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill have expressed support for the public service role that is being played by local newspapers and broadcasters in their districts and states. Last week, Members of Congress sent two separate letters that encouraged the Trump Administration to direct existing government advertising campaigns to local newspapers and broadcasters.

Kentucky Representatives signing the letter were Reps. James Comer, Andy Barr and Hal Rogers. Neither U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell nor Rand Paul signed the U.S. Senate version of the letter.

The first letter, organized by Reps. Dingell (D-MI), Upton (R-MI), Flores (R-TX) and Veasey (D-TX), was signed by over 240 members of the House of Representatives.

Lawmakers said in the letter, “To get America moving again and strengthen our communities in the midst of this evolving crisis, we must be creative and use all available tools. Advertising plays an incredible role in local economies, and its importance to the sustainability of local broadcast stations and newspapers cannot be overstated.”

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