The RESTAURANTS Act is Back

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The RESTAURANTS Act is Back

February 09, 2021

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The RESTAURANTS Act is Back

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On Friday, February 5, Senators Roger Wicker and Kyrsten Sinema and representatives Earl Blumenauer and Brian Fitzpatrick formally reintroduced the bipartisan RESTAURANTS Act. This followed the overwhelming bipartisan support for direct relief to restaurants in the Biden Administration’s American Relief Plan (more on that here).

According to the January jobs report, 19,000 people who work in restaurants and bars lost their jobs that month despite overall employment gains in other sectors. Nearly 2.5 million industry professionals have lost their jobs since the start of the pandemic.

The 2021 RESTAURANTS Act is similar to the bill of the same name which was introduced last year. Some key points include:

What can you do to help?

  1. Call or email your Member of Congress. You can find current contact information for your Member of Congress (you can find your representatives here and your senators here), or you can call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202.224.3121 and the operator will connect you directly with the congressional office you’re looking for.
  2. Ask your Member of Congress to support the RESTAURANTS Act. Share who you are, your business, the number of people employed by your business, and how long you’ve been a constituent. Let your Member of Congress or staffer know how you and your operations have been impacted by COVID, and how the RESTAURANTS Act would help.
  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.

Read the statement from the IRC here.

Read the statement from the NRA here.

Read the full text of the bill here and a summary here.

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