H.R. 1695: Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1695 in the House.

This bill would change the appointment process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. Currently the Register of Copyrights is hired by the Librarian of Congress (who is the head of the Library of Congress). This bill would make the position appointed by the president with confirmation by the Senate, just as the Librarian of Congress is.

This bill creates a selection panel made up of Members of Congress and the Librarian of Congress who are tasked with submitting a list of at least three qualified individuals to the President for his or her consideration. The President would nominate an individual from the selection panel’s list and the individual would be subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. The legislation also limits the Register to a 10-year term, which is renewable by another Presidential nomination and Senate confirmation, and notes the Register can only be removed for cause. Republican Policy Committee

The change follows court challenges to the Copyright Office's authority to issue regulations because the Copyright Office is within the Library of Congress which is a legislative branch agency and not an executive branch agency. By making the head of the Copyright Office appointed by the president, the office would become an executive branch agency, according to the sponsor of the bill. The bill also comes after the firing of the most recent Register of Copyrights for misreporting spending to Congress.



Congress
115th Congress
Date
Apr 26, 2017
Chamber
House
Number
#227
Question:
On Passage of the Bill in the House
Result:
Passed

Key: R Yea D Yea R Nay D Nay
Seat position based on our ideology score.
This is a cartogram. Each hexagon represents one congressional district.
Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 378
 
 
88%
233 145
  Nay 48
 
 
11%
2 46
Not Voting 4
 
 
1%
2 2
Required: Simple Majority source: house.gov

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