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Oregon & Missouri Senators introduce Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An Oregon Senator has bipartisan support for a bill that would help the craft beverage industry.

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) (S. 362) was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate Wednesday with strong support from a broad group of industry trade associations including the beer, wine, spirits, and cider sectors.

The legislation, which was first introduced in 2015 to recalibrate federal excise taxes and streamline regulations on alcohol beverage producers, was reintroduced in 2017 by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), garnering strong support from the majority of Congress as well as industry groups. Legislation that included a two-year provision of CBMTRA passed in December 2017. Senators Wyden and Blunt are once again the lead co-sponsors of the bill upon its reintroduction today.

“People around the world enjoy Oregon wine, craft beer, cider and spirits—providing not only a serious source of home state pride but also a huge boon to our state’s economy,” Wyden said. “By modernizing burdensome rules and taxes for craft beverage producers, this legislation will level the playing field and allow these innovators to further grow and thrive.”

“The craft beverage industry is driven by small businesses that support thousands of jobs and contribute billions in economic output,” said Blunt. “This bill will remove tax and regulatory barriers that are making it harder for Missouri’s brewers, distillers, and winemakers to grow and compete. I’m encouraged by the strong, bipartisan support this measure had in the previous Congress and look forward to working with our colleagues to get it to the president’s desk.”

In 2016, the craft beverage industry added more than $700 billion to the U.S. economy and employed more than 5 million people.

“Small and independent craft brewers are grateful for the ongoing bipartisan support for the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO of the Brewers Association. “The legislation is not just economically smart but enables Main Street brewers to do what they do best: create and innovate.”

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