September 30, 2020
House and Senate leaders have not yet reached agreement on the HEROES Act, however, House Democrats have just added the Restaurants Act, a bipartisan bill supported by the hospitality industry, to the HEROES Act to provide $120 billion in grants which do not have to be repaid for bars and restaurants.
We recently held a TLW Town Hall meeting with Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Madison) to express our support for the bar and restaurant relief proposal. Congressman Pocan serves on the House Appropriations Committee and his support was critical to include the Restaurant Act to the COVID 19 relief package.
The Restaurant Act would establish a $120 billion grant program for independently owned restaurants and bars with priority given to establishments of annual revenue less than $1,500,000. The grant program would be run by the US Treasury and funds would cover costs such as payroll, rent, supplies and PPE. The legislation is drafted to include independent bar and restaurant owners that are not publicly traded or part of a chain with 20 or more locations doing business under the same name.
Passage of the Restaurant Act is an important first step to secure passage for the President’s signature. If as expected the House passes the bill next week our focus then turns to the US Senate. This is good news for independent bar and restaurant owners but our work is not yet done. The HEROES Act will likely be voted on by the House next week, but faces an uncertain future in the Senate, however, negotiations between House Democrats and Republicans continue.
The Tavern League of Wisconsin will continue to fight for our members at the local, state and federal level to help them through these difficult and challenging times.
Contact your Senators TODAY!!! Please email or call Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin and urge them to support the Restaurant and Bar Relief bill.
How to Contact Senators Johnson and Baldwin:
Contact Senator Ron Johnson Here
328 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510
Contact Senator Tammy Baldwin Here
709 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510