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S. 1663 (117th): United States Postal Service Shipping Equity Act

About the bill

Is this something to celebrate or “wine” about?


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
May 17, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 17, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


4 Cosponsors (4 Democrats)



May 17, 2021

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 1663 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1663. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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