Blaine Act

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Blaine Act
Great Seal of the United States
Long title Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Nicknames Senate Joint Resolution 211
Enacted by the 72nd United States Congress
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the Senate as S.Con.Res. 211 by John J. Blaine (R-WI) on February 14, 1933
  • Passed the Senate on February 17, 1933 (69-27)
  • Passed the House on February 20, 1933 (294-126)

The Blaine Act was sponsored by Wisconsin Senator John J. Blaine and passed by the United States Senate on February 17, 1933. It initiated the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which established Prohibition in the United States. The repeal was formally adopted as the 21st Amendment to the Constitution on December 5, 1933.

See also


  • "John J. Blaine, former US senator and governor, dies", Fennimore Times, April 18, 1934
  • "History of alcohol prohibition", National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, based in large part on a paper prepared for the Commission by Jane Lang McGrew
  • "Prohibition: The 21st Amendment", TIME, February 27, 1933

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