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WSWA Applauds Congressional Legislation to Halt Alcohol Deregulation
April 16, 2010
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) President and CEO Craig Wolf issued the following statement welcoming congressional action yesterday to assist states in their battle against deregulation.
“WSWA applauds Representative Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) for sponsoring, and Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Howard Coble (R-N.C.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) for co-sponsoring, H.R. 5034 which seeks to reaffirm and protect the primary authority of the states under the 21st Amendment to the Constitution to regulate alcoholic beverages, and which recognizes that alcohol is different from other consumer products – and, as such, should be treated differently.
America’s regulated three-tier system is – hands down – the best beverage alcohol distribution system in the world. It stimulates innovation and competition and provides consumers with unprecedented choice and variety, requiring reasonable and appropriate regulations promoting temperance, ensuring effective state and federal tax collection and creating a safe and orderly market distributing beverage alcohol.
It is important that states retain their constitutional power to regulate the distribution of beverage alcohol and are able to fend off litigation, which serves to destabilize or destroy that authority. Although we may oppose direct shipping and self-distribution as a matter of policy, our goal is not to overturn existing state laws. We simply believe the proper forum for resolving legitimate differences over these issues is in the state legislatures – not the courts.”
Stephanie L. S. Pagan
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
805 15th St., NW Suite 430
Washington, DC 20005
(ph) 202-371-9792 x301