Major Alcohol Supplier Trade Associations Oppose Wholesaler Monopoly Protection Bill (H.R. 5034)June 23, 2010
Washington, DC - All major alcohol supplier trade associations, including the Distilled Spirits Council, Wine Institute, Beer Institute, Brewers Association and Wine America, wrote a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives denouncing the wholesaler-crafted CARE Act (H.R. 5034), asking House members not to support the legislation.
In the letter, the alcohol supplier trade associations called the bill discriminatory and anti-competitive, highlighting that the current system of alcohol allows for local flexibility. This serves America’s best interest by providing a consistent and fair way for producers, distributors and retailers to conduct business.
However, the letter pointed out that the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) would eliminate federal oversight through the CARE Act (H.R. 5034). The letter continued that states will be able to enact and enforce protectionist laws against out-of-state beer, wine and spirits producers. It also stated the bill would allow states to pass laws that violate the Commerce Clause, federal antitrust laws and any other Acts of Congress.