The National Restaurant Association is asking businesses to urge their legislators to co-sponsor the unified RESTAURANTS Act of 2021.
The bill, which was introduced by Sens. Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), builds off the National Restaurants Association’s Blueprint for Recovery plan to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. It would establish a $120 billion revitalization fund to support independent restaurants and small franchises with 20 locations or fewer as they deal with the long-term structural challenges created by the impact of the pandemic. Federal grants under the bill could be used for a variety of business expenses, from retaining workers to inventory and rent.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are expected to include the text of RESTAURANTS Act in their upcoming COVID-19 relief bill. In the meantime, the National Restaurant Association has said the act needs as many bipartisan cosponsors as possible to demonstrate the immediate urgency of saving the restaurant industry.
The organization has set up a page to help businesses easily and quickly reach out to their senators and represents to ask them to cosponsor the bill. Please click here to add your voice to the effort.