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Shutdown even created a beer backlog, Schumer warns

Another government shutdown could stand in the way of the beer you drink, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer warned Monday in an appearance at Buffalo's Labatt Brew House.

And it's all because an obscure federal agency that regulates beer remains behind in its work, after the 35-day shutdown that ended last month.

With another shutdown looming if congressional negotiators can't strike a budget deal by Friday, Schumer warned that Labatt and other breweries may not get approval for changes to their brews, before demand for beer increases in the summer.

Schumer urged the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to quickly clear its backlog of work, so that breweries such as Labatt can get new products on the market.

"Failure to do so could dry out these businesses and the regional economy," the New York Democrat said, noting the backlog affects New York wineries and distilleries as well as breweries.

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