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house Bill H.R. 4024

Should it be Legal to Ship Alcoholic Beverages Using the U.S. Postal Service?

Argument in favor

It’s ridiculous that it’s illegal for the U.S. Postal Service to deliver an alcoholic beverage to a drinking-age consumer. This bill ends that Prohibition-era rule and allows USPS to do what private carriers are already doing.

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10/17/2017
The USPS should be allowed to ship EVERYTHING to help it stay afloat.
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David's Opinion
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10/17/2017
I can’t believe all the regulations still on alcohol. In some states you can’t buy cold beer in a store because they’re afraid you’ll drink and drive. Some states you have to go to a special store to buy beer in bulk, and go to a bar to buy a six pack. It’s ridiculous. Just let it go already!!
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David's Opinion
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10/17/2017
Why did this regulation exist in the first place? A holdover from the prohibition era? I would be curious to know the history, yet at the same time it is not USPS’s job to be a moral authority in such grey area subjects like alcohol.
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Argument opposed

While it may already be legal to mail alcoholic beverages through private carriers, the ban on using the U.S. Postal Service shipping such packages should remain in effect.Taxpayers should have discretion over what USPS ships.

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10/17/2017
Our government shouldn’t have a postal service in the first place.
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10/17/2017
Prohibition was the result of the US becoming a a “nation of drunkards.” Alcoholism was rampant, resulting in abused and raped women, abused children, fathers who were not able to provide for their family leaving the families bereft and the women picking up the the pieces. Prohibition lead to women being emboldened, gave them a voice, and lead to their receiving the vote. Empowered, women helped rid the nation full of sweatshops full of children in uninhabitable working conditions. Many women and children during that time have given accounts of how much improved their lives were during prohibition. They were no longer being abused by drunken fathers, families torn apart by husbands infidelity while they were drunk, and men losing their paychecks while in the saloon. People had to finally face life, gain life skills besides escaping through the bottle. Say what you will about prohibition “causing” people to break the law and devoid of their coping mechanisms for life...prohibition did bring about much good, including limits on blood alcohol levels and not driving while drunk - something that takes the lives of innocent people who did nothing but drive on the road while another individual became so inebriated it lead to manslaughter. I see the awful results of alcohol often in the hospital setting.I see what would’ve been healthy babies, deal with life alerting deficits because of fetal alcohol syndrome. I see esophageal varies, a dangerous consequence of alcoholism. I see individuals with terrible seizures, tremors, delirium, audible and visual hallucinations, detoxing from alcoholism who have massive seizures, cirrhosis of the liver, and innocent individuals who are actively dying as a result of the far less critical patient next door. Given history and what I see so often at the hospital, I cannot see much good in the the consumption of alcohol. It has tremendous ability, when consumed to ruin the lives of both those who consume it and the innocent bystanders who has their life ruined or taken away from them. A dear friend of our family, a mother of three very young girls, lay in a coma, paralyzed, with significant brain damage to the brain stem (resulting in an inability of her body to control breathing), who has been on a ventilator (a machine the breaths for patients who cannot adequately breath or perfuse body tissues normally on their own. Women had every right and concern to move this nation toward prohibition in the early 1900’s. They were sick of the abuse directed toward them and their children.
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Baileyddavis's Opinion
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10/17/2017
Sipping a substance is a horrible idea. It could be easy to send to young kids or teenagers without being checked. These bottles could also be fragile and break causing hazard for workers and receivers.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedOctober 11th, 2017

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:

  • When the USPS issues regulations allowing alcoholic beverages to be shipped to consumers;

  • 120 days after this bill’s enactment.

Impact

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.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring 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.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: MarkSwallow / iStock)

AKA

United States Postal Service Shipping Equity Act

Official Title

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.

    The USPS should be allowed to ship EVERYTHING to help it stay afloat.
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    Our government shouldn’t have a postal service in the first place.
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    I can’t believe all the regulations still on alcohol. In some states you can’t buy cold beer in a store because they’re afraid you’ll drink and drive. Some states you have to go to a special store to buy beer in bulk, and go to a bar to buy a six pack. It’s ridiculous. Just let it go already!!
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    Why did this regulation exist in the first place? A holdover from the prohibition era? I would be curious to know the history, yet at the same time it is not USPS’s job to be a moral authority in such grey area subjects like alcohol.
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    Why not? Better than political junk mail.
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    Yes. It is a federally documented transfer solution. If it can be shipped via private shipping companies, the USPS should be able to make money on this as well. Also, it should be made legal to ship Marijuana via the USPS.
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    Prohibition is over. Maybe not on marijuana, but certainly on alcohol. Time for this rule to go, it’s just outdated if nothing else.
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    Of course! Along with cannabis. If it is legal and it is not hazardous to ship, why not? We ship oil which can become fire bombs in an instant, so why not alcohol and/or cannabis?
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    It is legal. I purchase a wine tasting subscription for my aunt every year for her birthday. The wine CONTAINS ALCOHOL AND IT IS SHIPPED. Stop wasting precious time and get on with the issues.
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    Anything you can purchase in a store you should be able to receive in the mail
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    Congress needs to allow the USPS in innovative ways to expand the services it provides to generate more revenue! First, get rid of congressional rule that made the post office pay down billions a year from their revenue for future retiree benefits. Bring back the US postal bank! Gift wrapping is an idea! Not one penny of tax dollars are used to operate the USPS! The USPS is an American treasure and mail carriers are our middle class neighbors! I buy stamps and will always continue to pay my bills the traditional way while supporting good middle class jobs!
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    Never knew we couldn’t ship alcohol, but I can ship my guns. Only the federal government could get it wrong.
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    Seems strange that private couriers can do this but the USPS cannot.
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    If you’re legal to drink it and purchase it then there is no reason it can’t be shipped via USPS. They need the business!
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    Why not? Everything else can be shipped. If you go out of state and find great wine, do you want to pack it or ship it? This ban never made sense.
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    Prohibition is almost 100 years old and was voted out years ago. It is ridiculous that this law still even exists
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    They should have the same regulations as FED-EX or UPS has in regards to alcohol shipments. If not one is home or not of 21 yrs old to sign for the package then you pick it up at the post office with an of age ID.
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    Allows the USPS a means to be more competitive in the market and provides them with another stream of potential profit. Further, it’s and outdated law; we need to put more efforts toward removing outdated laws.
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    Yes,
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    Prohibition was the result of the US becoming a a “nation of drunkards.” Alcoholism was rampant, resulting in abused and raped women, abused children, fathers who were not able to provide for their family leaving the families bereft and the women picking up the the pieces. Prohibition lead to women being emboldened, gave them a voice, and lead to their receiving the vote. Empowered, women helped rid the nation full of sweatshops full of children in uninhabitable working conditions. Many women and children during that time have given accounts of how much improved their lives were during prohibition. They were no longer being abused by drunken fathers, families torn apart by husbands infidelity while they were drunk, and men losing their paychecks while in the saloon. People had to finally face life, gain life skills besides escaping through the bottle. Say what you will about prohibition “causing” people to break the law and devoid of their coping mechanisms for life...prohibition did bring about much good, including limits on blood alcohol levels and not driving while drunk - something that takes the lives of innocent people who did nothing but drive on the road while another individual became so inebriated it lead to manslaughter. I see the awful results of alcohol often in the hospital setting.I see what would’ve been healthy babies, deal with life alerting deficits because of fetal alcohol syndrome. I see esophageal varies, a dangerous consequence of alcoholism. I see individuals with terrible seizures, tremors, delirium, audible and visual hallucinations, detoxing from alcoholism who have massive seizures, cirrhosis of the liver, and innocent individuals who are actively dying as a result of the far less critical patient next door. Given history and what I see so often at the hospital, I cannot see much good in the the consumption of alcohol. It has tremendous ability, when consumed to ruin the lives of both those who consume it and the innocent bystanders who has their life ruined or taken away from them. A dear friend of our family, a mother of three very young girls, lay in a coma, paralyzed, with significant brain damage to the brain stem (resulting in an inability of her body to control breathing), who has been on a ventilator (a machine the breaths for patients who cannot adequately breath or perfuse body tissues normally on their own. Women had every right and concern to move this nation toward prohibition in the early 1900’s. They were sick of the abuse directed toward them and their children.
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