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Beer Drinkers seek repeal of beer tax.

Although most brewing industry trade groups have accepted the 1990 excise tax increase as a "done deal," not so the Beer Drinkers of America. The national consumer organization, which counts 700,000 members on its rolls, is supporting a bill that would repeal 1990's 100 percent beer tax increase.

The bill in question, House Resolution (HR) 1928, was introduced by Rep. Christopher Cox (R-CA) on April 26, 1993.

"The result of the 1990 increase, which doubled the tax on beer, has been disastrous," said Cox. "Its similarity to the luxury penalty paid on boats, planes and autos, which lost revenue for the Treasury and cost thousands of U.S. jobs, is remarkable."

Bill Schrieber, president of Beer Drinkers of America, added that "HR 1928 is the right piece of legislation at the right time. We are pleased to see some members of Congress still are concerned about the fact that beer drinkers were hit by a 100 percent increase two years ago, let alone the additional 150 percent they're taking about this year.

Schrieber also asserted that America's 80 million beer drinkers are among the most heavily taxed people in our society.

"Beer Drinkers of America and its members applaud Congressman Cox and HR 1928," Schreiber said.
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Title Annotation:Beer Drinkers of America
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:May 24, 1993
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