Second congressman on stage for CBC keynote

Congressman Richard Neal (D-Massachusetts) join Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) in delivering the keynote address at the Brewers Association’s Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) in Chicago. Neal and DeFazio will speak Thursday morning.

Congressman Neal introduced H.R. 4278 in December 2009, to create a graduated beer excise tax rate for America’s small brewers. Congressman Neal introduced the legislation along with fellow House Ways & Means Committee member Congressman Kevin Brady. The bill would help create jobs for America’s 1,500+ small breweries, which employ nearly 100,000 people in communities throughout the country.

“I am pleased to be a champion of our nation’s small brewers. As small business owners, they exhibit the important American values of hard work and ingenuity on a daily basis. These entrepreneurs have followed their passion in life to start their own companies despite the many obstacles small brewers face when competing against huge multinational companies. Since many of these success stories come from the New England region, it is one of my priorities to help foster and preserve America’s craft brewing community. I look forward to continuing my work on this issue in a bipartisan manner in the United States Congress,” Neal said.