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Who comes up with these acronyms?

The U.S. Senate is considering a new bill designed to help small breweries with a tax cut, which will in turn create jobs.

Or so says a press release from Sen. Maria Cantwell, who is a co-sponsor of the legislation, along with Sen. Mike Crapo. So microbrews apparently  have bipartisan support, considering Cantwell is a Democrat and Crapo is a Republican.

The proposal for a tax cut isn't surprising, nor is the claim it would help create jobs. It's a rare piece of legislation that isn't introduced with a compliment for how many jobs it will create or save.

The most interesting thing about it is the title: The Brewers Employment and Excise Relief Act.

Which means its acronym is the BEER Act.

Do you suppose they have one person in a room somewhere whose job is coming up with bill titles that make catchy acronyms? And if they do, is this among the  highest-paid staff members in the entire Congress?

Just wondering.

As for the BEER Act and its potential salutory effects on Washington state, you can read Cantwell's press release inside the blog. Click here to read or to comment.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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