HR 5034 has been parked in the House Judiciary Committee, where the Democratic chairman, John Conyers, didn’t seem to have a lot of interest in it. With the Republican takeover of the House, Conyers is out. The ranking minority member — and presumed incoming chairman — of the committee is Lamar Smith of Texas. Rep. Smith is a cosponsor of the bill.
Outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose family is in the wine business, was an outspoken critic of HR 5034 and vowed to constituents that the proposed law would never see the floor. Pelosi is out, too, replaced (presumably) by John Boehner, who has a cozy and mutually profitable relationship with the same beer wholesalers who wrote HR 5034 in the first place.