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Results seen after conference.

Initial analysis of feedback from nearly 300 congressional visits during the recent NBWA/Brewers legislative conference held in Washington, D.C. last month indicates the beer industry is not without friends and support on Capitol Hill, and the visits are bearing out some tangible results.

Of the 278 offices visited for which debriefing sheets were returned, 189 of the offices indicated opposition to a pair of Alcohol Advertising Warning Label bills--S. 664, offered by Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC), and H.R. 1443, introduced by Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-MA)--224 indicated a favorable position on the Special Occupational Tax issue, with seven saying they would "help" on the issue, and two offering to write letters in support of NBWA's position. Also, 155 said they would support H.R. 945, Rep. Billy Tauzin's (D-LA) Comprehensive Recycling Act.

NBWA president Ron Sarasin called the high turnout "gratifying," and added, "the sheer numbers of wholesalers on Capitol Hill had to have made an impact. Our members were well informed, and well focused during their visits, and did a superb job as the results indicate."
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Title Annotation:National Beer Wholesalers' Association and Brewers legislative conference
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:May 27, 1991
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