Congressman Joe Morelle is pushing for more money to go into the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
Last year’s US bailout launched the fund with more than $28 billion.
Morelle is asking Congress and President Joe Biden to add another $60 billion.
“The restaurant industry has been devastated by the pandemic, and there is a critical need for additional relief,” Morelle said in a statement. “Small businesses like restaurants are cornerstones of our local economy and they need our help. I call for immediate action to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and will continue to advocate for solutions to help restaurants through these difficult times.
The Village Gate Good Luck restaurant co-owner says the industry has made many sacrifices to stay open safely.
“We played by the rules,” owner Chuck Cerankosky said. “We have made the necessary sacrifices to our revenues to advance the interests of public health and keep our employees employed. Now we must ask Congress to go to work for us.”
“NYSRA fully supports the refinancing of RRF. Restaurants are the cornerstone of neighborhood resilience and growth, and are often the first indicator of a neighborhood’s success,” said Salena’s Owner and Representative Kelly Metras. of the New York State Restaurant. Association, said in a statement. The RRF has been key to keeping many of these integral businesses open during the pandemic, with 2021 being the worst year on record for industry sales. We depend on people interacting face to face, which is not always available at times like these. The RRF enables restaurants to keep our neighbors and community employed, regardless of the state of the pandemic, and will ensure that brick-and-mortar neighborhood health continues to improve.”
A bill that would inject $60 billion into the fund was introduced last summer by a representative from Oregon.
It did not make it past the House small business committee.