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NEW JERSEY REPRESENTATIVES SUPPORT 'GREAT AMERICAN BEER WEEK'; MEASURE RECOGNIZES 82,000 JOBS IN NEW JERSEY CREATED BY U.S. INDUSTRY

 WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- New Jersey's beer industry, which creates over 82,000 jobs in the state, got a boost of appreciation last week from U.S. Reps. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.), Herbert Klein (R- N.J.), Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and James Saxton (R-N.J.), who support 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 last Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Dan Schaefer (R-Colo.). Andrews, Klein, Pallone and Saxton are original co-sponsors of the measure.
 "This is a long-overdue recognition of an all-American industry. We truly appreciate the efforts of Congressmen Bob Andrews, Herb Klein, Frank Pallone and Jim Saxton on our behalf," said Peter H. Coors, CEO of Coors Brewing Company and chairman of the Beer Institute in Washington.
 The Beer Institute is the brewers' trade association. Beer Institute membership includes 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 figures provided by the Beer Institute, some 6.8 million U.S. jobs are impacted by the beer industry, over 210,000 in New Jersey alone.
 Roughly 17,000 of those jobs are in Saxton's Third Congressional District; 16,800 are in Pallone's Sixth District; another 16,000 are in the Eighth Congressional District (Klein); and 14,500 are in Andrews' district, the First Congressional District of New Jersey.
 Anheuser-Busch, located in Newark, is a major employer in the state. Represented by Henry B. King's group -- the Brewers' Association of America (based in New Jersey) -- the small and micro brewers are part of the latest surge across the nation.
 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 one of the first to provide emergency relief to Midwest flood victims.
 With 37 co-sponsors, the resolution has growing support in the U.S. House of Representatives. Besides Schaefer, Andrews, Klein and Saxton, other original co-sponsors include Reps. Cass Ballenger (R-N.C.), James Barcia (D-Mich.); Thomas Barrett (D-Wis.); Herbert Bateman (R-Va.), Michael Bilirakis (R-Fla.), Thomas Bliley (R-Va.), Peter Blute (R-Mass.), John Boehner (R-Ohio), William Clinger (R-Pa.) Sam Coppersmith (D-Ariz.), Christopher Cox (R-Calif.), Chet Edwards (D-Texas), Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.); Steve Gunderson (R-Wis.), Tim Holden (D-Pa.), John Kasich (R-Ohio), Peter King (R-N.Y.), David Levy (R-N.Y.), Bob Livingston (R-La.), Matthew Martinez (D-Calif.), Bill McCollum (R-Fla.), Scott McInnis (R-Colo.), John Murtha Jr. (D-Pa.), Thomas Petri (R-Wis.), Jack Quinn (R-N.Y.), Arthur Ravenel Jr. (R-S.C.), Bill Richardson (D-N.M.), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Bill Sarpalius (D-Texas), Norman Sisiky (D-Va.), Charles Taylor (R-N.C.); Bruce F. Vento (D-Minn.) and James T. Walsh (R-N.Y.).
 Similar legislation will be introduced in the U.S. Senate.
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 /CONTACT: Kirsten Fedewa of the Beer Institute, 202-737-2337/


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