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 WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Missouri's beer industry, which creates over 77,000 jobs in the state, got a boost of appreciation recently from U.S. Sens. Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.) and John C. Danforth (R-Mo.) and House Majority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.), who are sponsors of a bipartisan measure in Congress lauding the economic, environmental and "good works" contributions of the industry.
 The legislation, designating Oct. 3-10 as "Great American Beer Week," recognizes the long-standing traditions of the brewing industry in American life. It was introduced in the U.S. Senate this week by U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R-N.Y.), and in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month by U.S. Rep. Dan Schaefer (R-Colo.). Bond, Danforth and Gephardt are original co-sponsors of the measure.
 "This is a fitting tribute to the hard-working men and women of the brewing industry who contribute so much time and effort for the betterment of their communities. We very much appreciate the involvement of Senators Danforth and Bond and Congressman Gephardt in this effort," said Patrick T. Stokes, president, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., which is headquartered in St. Louis.
 "This is a long-overdue recognition of an all-American industry. We are grateful to Senators Bond and Danforth and Representative Gephardt for supporting this measure on our behalf," said Peter H. Coors, CEO of Coors Brewing Company and chairman of the Beer Institute in Washington.
 The Beer Institute, the brewers' trade association, represents Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company, among others. Together, its members account for more than 90 percent of the beer made in the United States.
 While the House resolution points out the 2.7 million jobs provided for by brewers in the manufacturing, retailing, agricultural, packaging, distribution, trucking/rail and other industrial sectors, the U.S. beer industry has an even broader economic impact. This is particularly evident when considering all employees in the brewing and beer distribution system.
 According to the Beer Institute, some 6.8 million U.S. jobs are directly and indirectly impacted by the beer industry; over 145,000 in Missouri alone. Roughly 16,500 are in Gephardt's Third Congressional District.
 In addition to Anheuser-Busch, a major employer in Missouri, a number of smaller and microbrewers are located in the state. They represent a nationwide surge in a small but growing trend toward specialty beers that are also recognized by the House/Senate resolution.
 The Great American Beer Week resolution also mentions the environmental and philanthropic contributions of the nation's brewers, including their recent efforts to distribute bottled water to flood victims in the Midwestern states. Anheuser-Busch was among the first to provide emergency relief to Midwest flood victims.
 With over 45 co-sponsors, the resolution has growing support in the U.S. House of Representatives. Besides Schaefer and Gephardt, other original co-sponsors include Reps. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.); Cass Ballenger (R-N.C.); Peter Barca (D-Wis.); James Barcia (D-Mich.); Thomas Barrett (D-Wis.); Herbert Bateman (R-Va.); Howard Berman (D-Calif.); Michael Bilirakis (R-Fla.); Thomas Bliley (R-Va.); Peter Blute (R-Mass.); John Boehner (R-Ohio); William Clinger (R-Pa.); Sam Coppersmith (D-Ariz.); Chris Cox (R-Calif.); Chet Edwards (D-Texas); Steve Gunderson (R-Wis.); Earl Hilliard (D-Ala); Tim Holden (D-Pa.); John Kasich (R-Ohio); Peter King (R-N.Y.); Jack Kingston (R-Ga.); Herbert Klein (D-N.J.); David Levy (R-N.Y.); Bob Livingston (R-La.); Matthew Martinez (D-Calif.); Bill McCollum (R-Fla.); Scott McInnis (R-Colo.); John Murtha (D-Pa.); Richard Neal (D-Mass.); Frank Pallone (D-N.J.); Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); Thomas Petri (R-Wis.); Jack Quinn (R-N.Y.); Arthur Ravenel Jr. (R-S.C.); Bill Richardson (D-N.M.); Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.); Charlie Rose (D-N.C.); Bill Sarpalius (D-Texas); James Saxton (R-N.J.); Norman Sisisky (D-Va.); Joe Skeen (R-N.M.); Charles Taylor (R-N.C.); Bruce Vento (D-Minn.); Barbara Vucanovich (R-Nev.); and James T. Walsh (R-N.Y.).
 U.S. Senate sponsors include Bond, Danforth, D'Amato and Herbert H. Kohl (D-Wis.).
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