How You Can Help Pass Restaurant Relief During a Lame-Duck C...

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How You Can Help Pass Restaurant Relief During a Lame-Duck Congress

November 18, 2020

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How You Can Help Pass Restaurant Relief During a Lame-Duck Congress

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The House and Senate have both returned for the lame-duck Congressional session and are working to pass the Fiscal Year 21 appropriations bills by December 11, which is when the current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires. Congress either needs to complete this work or extend the CR in order to avoid a government shutdown. There is also hope, limited as it might be, that the House and Senate can come to an agreement on a much-needed COVID package. We’re working with the Independent Restaurant Coalition to continue to fight for restaurant relief so that the RESTAURANTS Act will be included in the next COVID package.

What can you do to help?

  1. Call or email your Senator. You can find current Senators’ contact information here, or you can call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202.224.3121 and the operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you’re looking for. If you’re reaching out during a holiday, like Thanksgiving, email or the website contact form is best as Congress may be on recess. You can always follow up with a phone call if you haven’t received an email response.
  2. Ask your Senator to support the RESTAURANTS Act, or thank them if they’re already a supporter. Either way, it’s always good to re-emphasize the need for relief for independent restaurants. Don’t know if your Senator has signed on as a co-sponsor? You can find out here.
  3. Don’t forget your talking points! Use this handy guide from the IRC with information on the RESTAURANTS Act and why it’s needed now more than ever.
  4. Follow up. Remember to thank the staff member or Member of Congress for speaking with you (or thank them for their email response), and reiterate your ask for supporting the RESTAURANTS Act.

Learn more about the RESTAURANTS Act here.

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