Sen. Chuck Schumer wants a new powdered alcoholic product banned.
The New York Democrat recently urged the Food and Drug Administration to investigate Palcohol. The substance is awaiting federal approval to hit shelves by the fall. Schumer says it will become the "Kool-Aid" of teenage binge drinking.
Schumer says the boozy substance, which is made by Arizona company Lipsmark and will come in six different varieties of single-drink pouches, will be packaged like Crystal Light and Kool-Aid. Schumer fears the product could be easily concealed, surreptitiously sprinkled on food or snorted, despite the company warning that putting Palcohol up one's nose would be painful.
The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, after some confusion, last month decided not to give final approval for Palcohol, whose varieties include rum and vodka.
Strong Belief in Government
The move is in-line with Schumer's career-long push for activist government. First elected in 1998 after 18 years in the House, the Harvard and Harvard Law grad "is New York's senior senator and one of Capitol Hill's most adept dealmakers," writes the 2014 Almanac of American Politics.
"In the Senate, Schumer established a solidly liberal voting record. He has been a leading proponent of focusing Democratic efforts on the middle class; he often says his political reference point is an imaginary Long Island couple convinced that politicians devote too much attention to the very rich and very poor."
But not everyone thinks so highly of Schumer's push to ban powdered alcohol.
Schumer Is Snorting Something If He Thinks Palcohol Can Be Snorted. Schumer Wants Powdered Alcohol Banned http://t.co/1K6HtiielI- The 405 Media (@The405radio) May 5, 2014
Watch the founder of powdered alcohol call Chuck Schumer "ignorant" and then make a Cosmo with powdered vodka: http://t.co/TdgJQmVP6L- PUNCH (@punch_drink) May 8, 2014