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Our 1990 Congress reclassified beer as a “luxury” item and doubled the excise tax on this popular beverage. Taxes are now the single most expensive ingredient in beer, making up more than half its cost. Critics say middle and lower-income Americans, who comprise the vast majority of our nation's 90 million beer drinkers, cannot afford this tax on one of their few “luxuries.” They claim these Americans are already amongst our most heavily taxed. Studies have found that households with annual incomes of less than $50,000 pay more than half of all beer taxes. Some argue against reducing beer taxes or the cost of beer. They claim studies have shown that when beer prices increase by 1%, traffic fatalities drop by 1%. Industry advocates claim other studies show little correlation between the cost of alcoholic beverages and the rate of traffic accidents. In 2005, total taxes levied on the production, distribution and sale of beer amounted to $32 billion.

Proposed Legislation: H.R.767 - Fair BEER Act (114th Congress 2015-2016)
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Steve Womack (AR)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current beer tax policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support amending the excise tax on all beer brewed or produced, and removed for consumption or sale, within the United States, or imported into the United States during the calendar year by stating that such tax to be:

    1.) $0 on so much of such beer as does not exceed 7,143 barrels.

    2.) $3.50 per barrel on so much of such beer as exceeds 7,143 barrels but does not exceed 60,000 barrels.

    3.) $16 per barrel on so much of such beer as exceeds 60,000 barrels but does not exceed 2,000,000 barrels.

    4.) $18 per barrel on so much of such beer as exceeds 2,000,000 barrels.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Steve Womack (AR) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support amending the excise tax on all beer brewed or produced, and removed for consumption or sale, within the United States, or imported into the United States during the calendar year by stating that such tax to be:

    1.) $0 on so much of such beer as does not exceed 7,143 barrels.

    2.) $3.50 per barrel on so much of such beer as exceeds 7,143 barrels but does not exceed 60,000 barrels.

    3.) $16 per barrel on so much of such beer as exceeds 60,000 barrels but does not exceed 2,000,000 barrels.

    4.) $18 per barrel on so much of such beer as exceeds 2,000,000 barrels.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Steve Womack (AR) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Steve Womack (AR) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider reintroducing H.R.767 - Fair BEER Act (114th Congress 2015-2016).

If elected as a trustee, the Beer Institute will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to work and advocate for reducing the per-barrel tax on smaller beer brewers.

About: The Beer Institute, based in Washington, D.C., represents the $328 billion beer industry – an industry that includes 7,000 brewers and more than 2.1 million American jobs. The Beer Institute is a national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing both large and small brewers, as well as importers and industry suppliers. Our organization, founded in 1862, represents the beer industry before Congress, state legislatures and public forums across the country. We’re committed to developing sound public policy, focusing on community involvement and personal responsibility.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
October 11, 2021
Trustee Election - Closing Date
October 18, 2021