Congressman Tim Ryan Calls on President Biden and Congressional Leaders to Provide Additional COVID Relief Funding for Restaurants
Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today called on President Biden and Congressional leadership to provide additional COVID relief funding for restaurants and their employees in the upcoming Build Back Better Reconciliation Package.
Ryan joined with Representatives Mike Thompson (CA-5) and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) in calling for a substantial replenishment of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), which was underfunded and left thousands of eligible businesses without badly needed assistance. The letter was sent to President Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Leader Mitch McConnell.
“Restaurants in Ohio and across the nation are still struggling to make ends meet and keep their employees working,” said Congressman Ryan. “As we face a surge in the Delta COVID variant, we need to take action now to replenish this important lifeline for local restaurants and ensure these small businesses can survive this pandemic.”
“The restaurant industry employs millions of Americans, in every State and Congressional district in our country. As Congress moves forward with President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, it is utterly imperative that restaurants receive additional relief,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter.
See the full text can be found below:
Dear President Biden:
Dear Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy:
Dear Leader Schumer and Leader McConnell:
We are writing to respectfully request that any upcoming reconciliation package include a substantial replenishment of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF).
As you know, the RRF was established by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), and provided direct assistance to restaurants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the RRF provided direct payments to restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue losses, capped at $10 million per business and $5 million per physical location, and funds were not required to be repaid by recipients.
However, the RRF was quickly overdrawn: the ARP provided a total of $28.6 billion in RRF funding, and the Small Business Administration received over $75 billion in requests, leaving thousands of eligible businesses without relief. Restaurants across our country are still struggling to recover, and the ongoing surge of the delta variant of COVID-19 has placed in jeopardy what little recovery has already occurred.
The restaurant industry employs millions of Americans, in every State and Congressional district in our country. As Congress moves forward with President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, it is utterly imperative that restaurants receive additional relief. This is critical to both the restaurant industry itself and our overall economic recovery, and we therefore urge you to include a substantial replenishment of the RRF in any forthcoming reconciliation package.
Representative Tim Ryan (OH-13)
Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)
Representative Mike Thompson (CA-5)