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S. 1663: United States Postal Service Shipping Equity Act

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About the bill

Is this something to celebrate or “wine” about?

Context

Although private shipping companies like FedEx and UPS can ship alcohol, federal law has barred “the mails” from doing so since 1909. (See page 49 of that linked PDF for the original law.) The modern-day incarnation of “the mails,” the U.S. Postal Service, was founded in 1971. In other words, you can’t ship alcohol through USPS.

Particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine, many people turned to buying alcohol online. The alcohol e-commerce industry surged by 42 percent in 2020, to $24 billion. As a result, many believe now is the time to remove this decades-old ban on USPS alcohol shipments.

A recent Forbes article on the subject was titled “Can Shipping Alcohol Save The Post Office?” …

Sponsor and status

Jeff Merkley

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Oregon. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 17, 2021
Length: 6 pages
Introduced
May 17, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Status

Introduced on May 17, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on May 17, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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Cosponsors

2 Cosponsors (2 Democrats)

Prognosis
4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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History

May 17, 2021
 
Introduced

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S. 1663 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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