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NBWA survey says Congress opposes beer excise tax.

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) has released the results of a survey taken of the U.S. Congress which showed strong opposition to increasing the federal excise tax on beer to finance health care reform.

The March 28-31 survey was taken during the NBWA/Brewers Joint Legislative Conference, held in Washington, D.C.

"Members of Congress know that increasing the beer tax destroys jobs, raises taxes on working Americans and punishes people who drink beer moderately and responsibly," said NBWA President Ronald A. Sarasin. "The survey also sends a strong message to President Clinton's Task Force on National Health Care Reform that increasing the beer tax will be difficult to enact."

Over 53 percent of members of the U.S. House of Representatives said they would oppose a beer tax to finance health care reform, while only 12.4 percent said they would support it. Another 17.7 percent of House members had no position and 17 percent did not respond.

Similarly, opposition to a beer tax increase was strong in the Senate, with 48 percent saying they would oppose the tax increase. Just 11 percent said they would favor a tax raise to pay for health care reform, while 14 percent had no position, and 27 percent did not respond.

"The beer tax was just raised 26 months ago, on January 1, 1993, and it cost this nation 31,000 jobs and lost revenue," Sarasin said. "Congress appears to understand another tax increase would have negative economic consequences."

The survey results parallel those taken by the Gallup Organization for Bonner & Associates of newly elected members of Congress, which showed significant opposition to increasing the federal beer tax. The Gallup poll was taken in December of 1992.
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Title Annotation:National Beer Wholesalers' Association
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:May 3, 1993
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