Cheap Booze, Cheaper Congressmen

on 30/09/10 at 11:38 pm

Booze News

A bill that could wind up severly restricting interstate booze trade—thus raising prices, limiting selection, and generally making the world a dryer place, all while giving the Commerce Clause the heave-ho when it comes to trade in beer, wine, and liquor—managed to win a hearing today from the ready-to-get-outta-Dodge House Judiciary Committee. The legislation in question is the cheesily-acronymed Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness (CARE) Act, which would make it easier for state alcohol wholesalers to protect their monopolies. From the Wine Spectator’s Twitter feed, this lively little exchange:

HR 5034 CARE Act hearing: Rep. Towns: “I oppose cheaper alcohol.” Rep. Conyers: “You just slid into an invisible minority!”

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