Above the Post Update: I’m bumping this post to give some results to the results of the election day effects on H.R. 5034’s sponsors.
They took a beating. While I doubt the issue of 5034 had much to do with this, the results are still good to hear for foes. I’ve amended the list below to show the fates of the 39 congresspersons who are, as you read this, probably sending their resumes to the lobbying firms who represent the beer and wine distributors. At the end I do a little shallow analysis, and have suggestions for how o deal with this, by no means dead, issue.
Matt Browner Hamlin just put up a good post, reminding me that H.R. 5034 is still lurking on the list of ways Congress can get itself, and us, into trouble next year. In short, this bill would abdicate the Federal Government’s bedrock role of regulating true interstate commerce and especially preventing state regulation of same. It would heavily damage the small spirits, wine, and beer producers, and help out a bunch of big companies with lots of lobbyist cash on hand. (My original screed on this is here. Lance Mayhew’s thoughts on another way H.R. 5034 sucks are here.)
At any rate, while the bill’s sponsor, William Delahunt, is retiring, there are still 151 Co-sponsors to this turd. If your congresscritter is on this list, I’d suggest a call to their office to express your dismay. They tend to be a little more respectful and open-eared this time of the duennial.
As a public service, I include the list here, Elephants and Donkeys alike, below the fold.
Rep. John Adler [D, NJ-3] Lost
Rep. Rodney Alexander [R, LA-5] Rep. Robert Andrews [D, NJ-1] Rep. Michele Bachmann [R, MN-6] Rep. Spencer Bachus [R, AL-6] Rep. John Barrow [D, GA-12] Rep. Shelley Berkley [D, NV-1] Rep. Timothy Bishop [D, NY-1] Lost (Pending recount)
Rep. John Boccieri [D, OH-16] Lost
Rep. Mary Bono Mack [R, CA-45] Rep. Dan Boren [D, OK-2] Rep. Allen Boyd [D, FL-2] Lost
Rep. Robert Brady [D, PA-1] Rep. Bruce Braley [D, IA-1] Rep. Bobby Bright [D, AL-2] Lost
Rep. Paul Broun [R, GA-10] Rep. Henry Brown [R, SC-1] Retired
Rep. Vern Buchanan [R, FL-13] Rep. Anh Cao [R, LA-2] Lost
Rep. Shelley Capito [R, WV-2] Rep. Michael Capuano [D, MA-8] Rep. Christopher Carney [D, PA-10] Lost
Rep. André Carson [D, IN-7] Rep. Bill Cassidy [R, LA-6] Rep. Kathy Castor [D, FL-11] Rep. Jason Chaffetz [R, UT-3] Rep. Travis Childers [D, MS-1] Lost
Rep. Howard Coble [R, NC-6] Rep. Tom Cole [R, OK-4] Rep. Gerald Connolly [D, VA-11] Rep. Joe Courtney [D, CT-2] Rep. Henry Cuellar [D, TX-28] Rep. Lincoln Davis [D, TN-4] Lost
Rep. Danny Davis [D, IL-7] Rep. Ted Deutch [D, FL-19] Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R, FL-25] Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart [R, FL-21] Retired
Rep. John Dingell [D, MI-15] Rep. Joe Donnelly [D, IN-2] Rep. Steve Driehaus [D, OH-1] Lost
Rep. Thomas Edwards [D, TX-17] Lost
Rep. Brad Ellsworth [D, IN-8] Retired, Lost Senate Bid
Rep. Mary Fallin [R, OK-5] Retired, Elected Governor
Rep. Chaka Fattah [D, PA-2] Rep. Bob Filner [D, CA-51] Rep. Bill Foster [D, IL-14] Lost
Rep. John Gingrey [R, GA-11] Rep. Charles Gonzalez [D, TX-20] Rep. Raymond Green [D, TX-29] Rep. Deborah Halvorson [D, IL-11] Lost
Rep. Phil Hare [D, IL-17] Lost
Rep. Gregg Harper [R, MS-3] Rep. Alcee Hastings [D, FL-23] Rep. Martin Heinrich [D, NM-1] Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin [D, SD-0] Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D, TX-15] Rep. Paul Hodes [D, NH-2] Lost
Rep. Peter Hoekstra [R, MI-2] Retired, lost in gubernatorial primary
Rep. Tim Holden [D, PA-17] Rep. Rush Holt [D, NJ-12] Rep. Jesse Jackson [D, IL-2] Rep. Lynn Jenkins [R, KS-2] Rep. Timothy Johnson [R, IL-15] Rep. Eddie Johnson [D, TX-30] Rep. Samuel Johnson [R, TX-3] Rep. Walter Jones [R, NC-3] Rep. Jim Jordan [R, OH-4] Rep. Dale Kildee [D, MI-5] Rep. Ronald Kind [D, WI-3] Rep. Peter King [R, NY-3] Rep. Larry Kissell [D, NC-8] Rep. Ron Klein [D, FL-22] Lost
Rep. Suzanne Kosmas [D, FL-24] Lost
Rep. Frank Kratovil [D, MD-1] Lost
Rep. Robert Latta [R, OH-5] Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D, IL-3] Rep. Frank LoBiondo [R, NJ-2] Rep. David Loebsack [D, IA-2] Rep. Frank Lucas [R, OK-3] Rep. Ben Luján [D, NM-3] Rep. Cynthia Lummis [R, WY-0] Rep. Connie Mack [R, FL-14] Rep. Jim Matheson [D, UT-2] Rep. Betty McCollum [D, MN-4] Rep. Thaddeus McCotter [R, MI-11] Rep. Patrick McHenry [R, NC-10] Rep. Michael McMahon [D, NY-13] Lost
Rep. John Mica [R, FL-7] Rep. Michael Michaud [D, ME-2] Rep. Gary Miller [R, CA-42] Rep. Candice Miller [R, MI-10] Rep. Walter Minnick [D, ID-1] Lost
Rep. Harry Mitchell [D, AZ-5] Lost
Rep. Alan Mollohan [D, WV-1] Lost in primary
Rep. Patrick Murphy [D, PA-8] Lost
Rep. Tim Murphy [R, PA-18] Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R, TX-19] Rep. Glenn Nye [D, VA-2] Lost
Rep. James Oberstar [D, MN-8] Rep. Pete Olson [R, TX-22] Rep. Solomon Ortiz [D, TX-27] Lost, pending recount
Rep. Frank Pallone [D, NJ-6] Rep. William Pascrell [D, NJ-8] Rep. Edward Pastor [D, AZ-4] Rep. Donald Payne [D, NJ-10] Rep. Gary Peters [D, MI-9] Rep. Collin Peterson [D, MN-7] Rep. Ted Poe [R, TX-2] Rep. Earl Pomeroy [D, ND-0] Lost
Rep. Bill Posey [R, FL-15] Rep. Tom Price [R, GA-6] Rep. Adam Putnam [R, FL-12] Retired. Elected Ag. Commish
Rep. Mike Quigley [D, IL-5] Rep. Nick Rahall [D, WV-3] Rep. Dennis Rehberg [R, MT-0] Rep. Silvestre Reyes [D, TX-16] Rep. Laura Richardson [D, CA-37] Rep. Ciro Rodriguez [D, TX-23] Lost
Rep. Thomas Rooney [R, FL-16] Rep. Peter Roskam [R, IL-6] Rep. Steven Rothman [D, NJ-9] Rep. Bobby Rush [D, IL-1] Rep. Timothy Ryan [D, OH-17] Rep. Steve Scalise [R, LA-1] Rep. Mark Schauer [D, MI-7] Lost
Rep. Aaron Schock [R, IL-18] Rep. David Scott [D, GA-13] Rep. Peter Sessions [R, TX-32] Rep. Heath Shuler [D, NC-11] Rep. William Shuster [R, PA-9] Rep. Michael Simpson [R, ID-2] Rep. Adrian Smith [R, NE-3] Rep. Christopher Smith [R, NJ-4] Rep. Lamar Smith [R, TX-21] Rep. Zachary Space [D, OH-18] Lost
Rep. Clifford Stearns [R, FL-6] Rep. John Sullivan [R, OK-1] Rep. Betty Sutton [D, OH-13] Rep. Gene Taylor [D, MS-4] Lost
Rep. Harry Teague [D, NM-2] Lost
Rep. Glenn Thompson [R, PA-5] Rep. Bennie Thompson [D, MS-2] Rep. William Thornberry [R, TX-13] Rep. John Tierney [D, MA-6] Rep. Edolphus Towns [D, NY-10] Rep. Peter Visclosky [D, IN-1] Rep. Timothy Walz [D, MN-1] Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D, FL-20] Rep. Lynn Westmoreland [R, GA-3] Rep. Charles Wilson [D, OH-6] Lost
Rep. Addison Wilson [R, SC-2]
That’s 32 Democrats and seven Republicans who are out of Washington now, pending at least two recounts in which the 5034 supporter is behind. That is a full quarter of the sponsors. In regards to a point Matt made in his post, just under half of the Dems defeated were Blue Dogs. Commenter Chris Miller is probably hoping the recounts hold up….
This all looks good, but I’ll point out the following: This bill’s chances may have increased due to the dynamics of this election. The sponsors of this bill could see this as one way they can do favors for well-funded lobbyists without spending any actual taxpayer money. Also, co-sponsor Lamar Smith (R-TX) will now be the chair of the relevant committee.
In the event you’d like to do something about this bill, may I suggest you follow this link and Write Your Representative. It’s very simple to do, you need only enter your zip+4 and it’ll give you a form for email contact. (A phone call is infinitely more powerful, but hey, takes more gumption.) Here’s the text of my letter:
I am writing to express my opposition to H.R. 5034, the anti-free trade in alcoholic beverages bill, on several grounds:
- H.R. 5034 undermines one of the basic reasons our Constitution was written, i.e. to prevent States from regulating and hindering legitimate interstate commerce.
- H.R. 5034 favors monied special interests over the markets, and over a tremendous number of small businesses nationwide.
- H.R. 5034 will severely impact the quality, price, and variety of products that most Americans currently enjoy. The bill is anti-consumer in every possibly way.
Should this bill come before you in committee or in a floor vote, I expect you to vote against it. Further, I would appreciate a contact from your office shortly, letting me know where you stand on this issue, and why.
Thanks you for your time and attention, and good luck in the next Congress.
If your congresscritter is one of the co-sponsors, may I suggest you replace what’s after the list with this:
I see that you are currently a co-sponsor of this legislation. I sincerely hope that you will reconsider this position. This bill in no way benefits your constituents. I look forward to hearing from you shortly with news of your reconsideration, or justification of your siding with special interests over me and my fellow citizens.
Thank you for your time and attention.