Friday, March 18, 2011

The Reintroduction of the CARE Act

By Jennifer Montgomery

As you have probably heard, the CARE Act has flnally resurfaced.  Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), reintroduced the bill yesterday afternoon and it is now called the Community Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act, (HR 1161). Chaffetz was joined in introducing the bill by several other original co-sponsors including Representatives Bruce Braley (D-IA), Howard Coble (R-NC), John Conyers (D-MI), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Dennis Ross (R-FL), and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL). The bill is the same one as the revised legislation that was proposed last fall.

Congress has recessed and the members are now back in their districts for a week-long work period. It is imperative that you take this opportunity to make sure your Member of Congress hears from you while he or she is home and understands how potentially harmful this bill is to your business and to the wine industry as a whole. It also would be a good time to contact your state Attorney General.

We urge you to reach out to your lawmakers so that they know there two sides to the story of the CARE Act (HR 1161).

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

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