A few weeks ago, I did something that I haven't done in years: I reached out to my Congressperson's office to find out if Congressman Mulvaney was interested co-sponsoring H.R. 1236 -- the Small BREW Act.
Yesterday, I received a voice message from the Congressman's Washington Office informing me that while the Congressman is "generally" supportive of reducing taxes, he would not be co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation that has bipartisan support.
For those that don't know what the Small BREW Act does, it reduces excises taxes paid to the federal government for each barrel of beer produced. For craft breweries, the tax reduction could help hire additional employees, purchase additional equipment to expand, or even reduce the price for beer to consumers.
The reason I reached out to the Congressman's office was because I was actually shocked that for a conservative state like South Carolina that preaches lower taxes there was not have ONE representative who was co-sponsoring the bill. Strange, right?
The Congressman's Office did give a reason for the Congressman's decision not to co-sponsor the bill, though. This is also a bit strange. I'm paraphrasing, but it went something like this: "This bill tends to pick winners and losers, and he doesn't believe that is the appropriate role of government."
If the "winner" is small business and the "loser" is the federal treasury, how that is that not the appropriate role to be espoused by a Republican representative?