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Schrader Repeals Sponsorship

On Jan. 17, Rep. Kurt Schrader withdrew his support of H.R. 1161, also known as the Community Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness (CARE) Act.

Last September, Congressman Schrader became a co-sponsor of H.R. 1161, which limits direct shipping for wineries and gives wholesalers monopoly power to pass discriminatory state laws removing consumers’ ability to buy wine directly from their favorite winery or wine merchant.

“I appreciate the thoughtful discussion I have had with Oregon winegrowers and enthusiasts over the past several months,” Rep. Schrader said. “In response to the concerns raised by our wine community, I no longer believe the CARE Act is an appropriate vehicle for regulation of alcohol. I have officially withdrawn my support for H.R. 1161 and look forward to building on the relationship we have developed to further grow the success of Oregon’s wine industry.”

The Oregon Winegrowers Association is strongly opposed to this bill. OWA President Michael Donovan was pleased with the congressman’s decision.

““The Oregon Winegrowers Association is extremely pleased that Rep. Schrader has agreed to withdraw his sponsorship of HR 1161,” Donovan said. “The OWA worked hard to educate Rep. Schrader about why this legislation would be detrimental for Oregon wine and the growth of our industry.”

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