Legislative Core Issues

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The CARE Act

Congress introduced the CARE Act April 15, 2010 to clarify that states have the primary authority to regulate alcohol as specified by the 21st Amendment. The goal of this legislation is to prevent the best alcohol regulatory system in the world from being dismantled. Check back for updates as this legislation makes it way through the House and Senate.

Underage Drinking

We support federal and state legislation that can help reduce underage drinking, including the federal "STOP" Act which stands for "Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking."

Taxes

Beer a luxury? Congress should roll back the federal beer excise tax that was imposed on the industry in 1991. Beer was included as a "luxury" item along with certain cars, yachts, private airplanes and jewelry; all of the other luxury taxes have been repealed or phased out.

Not all drinks are created equal. The distilled spirits industry would like all alcohol beverages to be taxed at the same rate, yet most mixed drinks served in the real world contain much more alcohol per ounce as a bottle of beer or a glass of wine. Congress should follow the historic public policy of taxing beer and wine at a lower rate than distilled spirits.

Advertising Restrictions

We believe that Congress should reject any legislation to require beer and wine advertising to carry mandated government warnings or to otherwise restrict truthful advertising of a legal product.