Supporters of Anti-Wine Law Suffer Setback

The main sponsor of House Resolution 1161 (The CARE Act), Rep Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), has announced he will not seek the GOP nomination for what is currently Orrin Hatch's long held Senate seat. This announcement is a blow to many who hoped that Chaffetz might take the seat from Hatch and go on to sponsor the anti-wine bill in the Senate.

In nearly two years of trying, wine and beer wholesalers have been unable to find a single member of the Senate to sponsor their anti-consumer and anti-business bill dressed up like a states rights hussy. This gives some credence to the notion that the Senate truly is the chamber of deliberation.

There had been some hope among proponents of H.R. 1161 that if Chaffetz could unseat Hatch, he would go on to sponsor the pro-discrimination bill in the Senate, ending the drought wholesalers have experienced in finding someone in that body willing to take the radical step of stripping wine stores and wineries of many of their Constitutional protections against discrimination.

Chaffetz said instead of a experiencing a campaign that would be a "multi-million dollar blood bath", he would not challenged Hatch for his seat.

To-date there are no hearings set for H.R. 1161 in the House Judiciary Committee. However, if they are to happen, it would likely be in the fall.

H.R. 1161 currently has 104 sponsors in the House of Representatives




5 Responses

  1. Marcia M - August 22, 2011

    Yippee! Good news on a Monday.

  2. ... - August 23, 2011


  3. Michael Kaiser - August 24, 2011

    This is good news for sure.

  4. Carol D - September 5, 2011

    I am currently spreading the word through social media.

  5. pkyle - September 26, 2011

    Working at winery will be hard if our small company has to use a big distributor because we don’t make enough wine for that. We will be out of business and a lot of us out of work. We all have families to take care of so lets keep the vino too!

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