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Trade Groups Oppose Allowing USPS to Ship Alcohol

By March 23, 2021Top News

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) joined the American Beverage Licensees, the American Distilled Spirits Alliance and the National Beer Wholesalers Association in sending a letter to members of Congress in opposition to proposed legislation that would allow the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to ship beverage alcohol. “Proposed legislation to allow the U.S. Postal Service to handle beverage alcohol is simply not a safe or responsible solution to answer the current significant needs of the USPS,” said WSWA CEO and President Michelle Korsmo. “Current regulations strike a good balance and have provided more than 85 years of effective state-based alcohol regulation and efficient taxation.” The letter was written in opposition to elements set forth in H.R. 2517, or the U.S. Postal Service Shipping Equity Act, introduced in the 116th Congress by Rep. Jackie Speier. It specifically addresses unfulfilled budget concerns at both the federal and state level should the proposed legislation pass, potentially substituting one budgetary shortfall for another.

 

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