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 ScaliseMcCarthy, other Republicans back Ratcliffe to be next attorney general Rep. Mike Johnson wins race for RSC chairman Election Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP 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. 

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"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 TrumpMia Love pulls ahead in Utah race as judge dismisses her lawsuit Trump administration denies exploring extradition of Erdoğan foe for Turkey Trump congratulates Kemp, says Abrams will have 'terrific political future' 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.