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Mission Accomplished! Senate recognizes American Craft Beer Week

on 02/06/15 at 9:13 am

Booze News

indexSenate leadership scheduled a rare session on Sunday to keep the Patriot Act’s spying powers from expiring at midnight. That didn’t work, in large part due to Sen. Rand Paul, who’s been a thorn in Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s side on surveillance reform for weeks.

But Paul and McConnell did manage to agree on something last night: craft beer.

The Senate passed a resolution to recognize American Craft Beer Week, which occurs every year in May, by unanimous consent Sunday night just before the chamber adjourned at 10 p.m. Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin introduced the resolution on Sunday to acknowledge “the small and independent craft brewers of the United States.” The resolution—like beer itself—received bipartisan support; cosponsors included Washington Democrat Maria Cantwell, Maine Republican Susan Collins, and New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte.

Cardin has pushed for the American craft-beer industry—which in 2014 comprised more than 3,000 breweries—before. Earlier this year, he and Collins introduced the Small BREW Act, which would reduce the federal excise tax for small craft brewers.