Does federal tax reform for booze now have majority support in Congress?

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One of the main alcohol reform pushes at the federal level is the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, which would lower federal excise taxes on all types booze. The act has garnered bipartisan support in years past, but has failed to make it through Congress. According to Brewbound, however, the act has now achieved majority support in the U.S. Senate:

A majority of U.S. Senate members now support legislation that would reduce excise taxes on all brewers and importers.

According to a press release jointly produced by six beverage lobbying groups, including the Beer Institute and the Brewers Association, 51 senators have co-sponsored Senate Bill 236, known as the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA).

The legislation, which was introduced into the Senate on January 30 by Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), also has majority support from 281 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have backed a companion bill (H.R. 747).

Full article here. DrinksReform.org will continue to monitor the act's progress in the coming months. As R Street's Jarrett Dieterle has noted, the current version of the act no longer includes a provision that would legalize home or hobby distilling (past versions of the bill did include this reform).