Please join Zoe Lofgren, Joyce Beatty, Bob Brady, G.K. Butterfield, Jim Clyburn, Elijah Cummings, Diana DeGette, Mike Doyle, Keith Ellison, Anna G. Eshoo, Marcia Fudge, and Jan Schakowsky in voting NO on HR 1695 this Wednesday.
This bill takes the authority to appoint the Register of Copyrights away from the Librarian of Congress and gives it to the President, who chooses from a non-binding list of nominees created by the House, Senate and Librarian of Congress.
HR 1695 takes the appointment away from Dr. Carla Hayden and gives it to President Donald J. Trump.
The policy excuses for this are unpersuasive. We have attached the dissenting views from the Judiciary Committee report to explain the harm this bill causes.
Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress appointed last year by President Obama, is a trailblazer. She is the first woman to hold the office. She is the first person of color and first African-American to hold the office.
But that is not why she holds the office. She was nominated and confirmed by the Senate because she is one of the most highly qualified individuals ever to be considered for the post. She proved this by doing more in her first six months to improve Library and Copyright information systems than had been done in the prior ten years.
It is distressing to us that the Congress would react to this groundbreaking appointment by limiting her power for the thinnest of reasons.
Join us in resisting this further expansion of the powers of the President.
Zoe Lofgren, Joyce Beatty, Bob Brady, G.K. Butterfield, Jim Clyburn, Elijah Cummings, Diana DeGette, Mike Doyle, Keith Ellison, Anna G. Eshoo, Marcia Fudge, and Jan Schakowsky