RECENT VOTES

Copyrights

On Wednesday April 26, 2017, the House considered H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017. This legislation changes the process for selecting and confirming a Register of the Copyright, who is responsible for overseeing the U.S. Copyright Office. This office falls under the direction of the Library of Congress. Under current law, the Librarian of Congress appoints the Register of the Copyright. Under H.R. 1695 the President will appoint a nominee to this position who would then require Senate confirmation. I do not think that this change is necessary. It could significantly delay the appointment of a Register and slow down the modernization process currently underway at the library. It also raises questions about how this change would impact library employees. I voted NO. The legislation passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

233

2

0

2

DEMOCRAT

145

46

0

2

TOTAL

378

48

0

4

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

8

1

0

0