- Associated Press - Saturday, February 14, 2015

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s two U.S. senators are backing federal legislation aimed at helping the craft beer industry.

Both Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are co-sponsors of federal legislation that would reduce the excise tax on barrels of beer brewed by small brewers. Advocates say the proposed legislation could save small brewers nationally about $65 million to $70 million, money that could be used to expand their businesses.

Blumenthal was scheduled to discuss the proposed Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act on Monday during a visit to the Thomas Hooker Brewing Co. in Bloomfield. Representatives from other small breweries were scheduled to be on hand, including Two Roads Brewing Co., Cambridge House Brewing Co. and Willimantic Brewing Co.

Blumenthal contends the proposed legislation will help grow jobs in Connecticut.

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