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  • Since the attacks on September 11th, President Bush has urged the country to 'get back to work.' For Beer Institute, that includes continuing to promote Beer Institute's legislative agenda, specifically rolling back the federal excise tax on beer.
  • Beer Institute has acquired 195 co-sponsors on H.R. 1305, just 23 co-sponsors short of a majority of House members.
  • The brewing industry's efforts in the aftermath of September 11th.


  • Beer Institute is close to its goal by summer's end of more than 200 co-sponsors to its federal excise tax rollback legislation, H.R. 1305. The bill currently has more than 180 co-sponsors with members from both parties continuing to sign onto the legislation.
  • The BATF is looking to streamline the label approval process and reduce redundant COLA applications. While Beer Institute supports that effort, the organization opposed the use of the new form alone as a means of reducing administrative burdens on the BATF.
  • Francis Hruby, Associate General Counsel, Anheuser-Busch Companies, testified July 16, along with other groups who were asked to address three issues: how to define an ergonomics injury; how to determine whether an ergonomics injury stems from work, from other activities or some combination; and what are the most useful and cost-effective types of government involvement to address these injuries.


  • As of Memorial Day, Beer Institute acquired nearly 150 co-sponsors on the federal excise tax rollback legislation.
  • Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Zach Wamp (R-TN) recently introduced H.R. 1509, legislation that would authorize $1 million for the Secretary of Health and Human Services to research the best ways to prevent teens from drinking and then design a national media campaign based on scientific research.
  • Rep. Mac Collins (R-GA) introduced the 'Domestic Spirits Tax Equity Act of 2001' last month that would rollback federal excise taxes on distilled spirits to its pre-1986 level.
  • Senator Jim Jeffords' (I-VT) move to become an independent is affecting several Senators in leadership positions.


  • Beer Institute is continuing to work in earnest to rollback the federal excise tax on beer to pre-1991 levels.
  • On April 4, 2001, the final day of the NBWA/BREWERS Joint Legislative Conference, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 8, the Death Tax Elimination Act of 2001 by a vote of 274 to 154.


  • President George W. Bush presented his budget proposal before a joint session of Congress Tuesday, February 27, 2001, the centerpiece of which includes a $1.6 trillion tax cut over the next 10 years.
  • Beer Institute recently joined forces with other industry groups in forming the Tax Relief Coalition and is also a member of the National Coalition on Ergonomics, a group comprised of physicians, individuals, companies and trade associations who employ millions of American workers, in virtually every segment of American industry.

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