Booze On-Demand: House Lawmakers Can Now Order Liquor Straight To Their Offices

Courtesy of Capitol Hill’s newest caterer, Sodexo, Members of the House of Representatives may now order beer, wine, and spirits directly to their offices.

“Wine and beer was often available at catered receptions on Capitol Hill,” tweeted Fox News Channel’s Chad Pergram. “But now booze can go directly to a Member’s office.”

This new service is made possible by a rule change that was quietly approved by the House Administration Committee last week. The amendment to the “House Liquor Rule” now permits “the delivery of wine, beer, and spirits to a Member’s office” so long as the alcohol is for “personal consumption only,” and not for resale or gifts.

The liquor must also be delivered by a licensed vendor who uses “sealed containers” and delivers the alcohol “directly to the office of the Member.”

It’s unclear how many lawmakers will take advantage of this new perk, but it’s sure to be popular among those who enjoy a drink or two (or three). Can you guess which lawmaker will have the biggest tab?

A “Drinks on Demand” page on Sodexo’s House of Representatives site offers “bulk orders” for drinks “by the case.”

As reported by The Daily Wire:

“Spirits brands such as Tito’s vodka, Jack Daniels whiskey, Johnnie Walker scotch and more are available for prices ranging from $16 to $35 per bottle.

“Beer, which can only be purchased by the case, ranges from $25 for a 24-pack of Busch for the thrifty lawmaker to $50 for a case of Red Bear 51st State Hazy IPA.”

“But when it comes to wine, the possibilities surge. Various brands in each category of Cabernet, Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, and Riesling for lawmakers out of touch with their beer-and-a-shot, working-class constituents.

“But to be fair, the most expensive wine on the menu is just $25 a bottle, and lawmakers can be content to sip Crane Lake Pinot Grigio for just $10 a bottle.”

So who is paying for all this booze?

Thankfully, it will not be taxpayers. While Americans pay for Peloton memberships for staffers, House rules state that members and their staff “may be reimbursed for food and non-alcoholic beverage expenses incurred while participating in virtual legislative planning sessions.”

“Members and employees,” however, “may not be reimbursed for the cost of alcoholic beverages,” it states.

Of course, many Americans don’t see any upside for something like this. As it’s simply not the best look.

At least we’re not the ones footing the bill… this time.

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