What is House Bill H.R. 4024?
This bill would end the prohibition on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) shipping alcoholic beverages from licensed producers and retailers to consumers. USPS would be required to create regulations to ensure that recipients are at least 21 years old and that the alcoholic beverages aren’t then used for resale or other commercial purposes.
This legislation would take effect either:
People who would receive mail deliveries of alcoholic beverages; breweries, wineries, distilleries, and other makers of alcohol beverages; and the USPS.
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4024
A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced this bill to end the ban on the U.S. Postal Service shipping alcoholic beverages to consumers:
“This antiquated ban should be relegated to the dustbin of history just as Prohibition has been. In 2016, California was America’s top destination for the direct shipment of wine, yet consumers and manufacturers are prohibited from using the U.S. Postal Service to ship or deliver these everyday products. It makes no sense to impose these restrictions, particularly since private shippers, such as UPS and FedEx, are exempt from this out-of-date rule. Congress needs to lift this ban for the benefit of wine manufacturers, consumers, and our struggling postal service.”
This legislation has the support of 22 cosponsors in the House, including 20 Democrats and two Republicans.
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: MarkSwallow / iStock)
United States Postal Service Shipping Equity Act
To amend title 18, United States Code, and title 39, United States Code, to provide the United States Postal Service the authority to mail alcoholic beverages, and for other purposes.