Scalise touts GOP tax plan’s benefits to distilleries, wineries and breweries

Scalise touts GOP tax plan’s benefits to distilleries, wineries and breweries
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House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseRepublicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt Top GOP donor threatens to stop giving to lawmakers over DACA battle Key House chairman floats changes to immigration bill MORE (R-La.) touted the Republican-backed tax plan's benefits to distilleries, wineries and breweries in a pun-laden New Year's Eve press release on Sunday. 

"Liberals may 'wine' about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act but American workers and businesses already see the good news brewing, including distilleries, wineries, and breweries that see massive tax cuts," Scalise said. 

"Even though the bill has 'barley' been signed into law, these companies have already pledged to hire more workers and invest more back into their businesses," he continued. 

The congressman cited reports from a variety of news outlets quoting officials in the alcohol industry who will be hiring more employees, upgrading facilities and possibly increasing production as a result of the GOP tax plan. 

Congressional Republicans and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump appears to confirm deal on Chinese firm ZTE Judge rejects Manafort's attempt to throw out some charges Dem: Trump’s policy of separating children, parents at border ‘would shock Jesus’ MORE scored their first legislative victory earlier this month with the passage of the tax overhaul.

The legislation will give federal excise tax relief for two years to U.S. brewers and beer importers. 

The plan cuts the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, and repeals the ObamaCare individual mandate. 

Democrats say the plan favors corporations and the wealthy and it remains widely unpopular among the public.