Restaurants could get another $ 40 billion financial lifeline from Congress

Lawmakers from both parties introduced various bills last year offering up to $ 120 billion in restaurant aid, but neither gained enough ground to win a floor vote in either. other bedroom. Cardin introduced a bill last summer that would have provided $ 48 billion in additional relief.

Cardin declined to give many details of the talks, but said $ 40 billion was the rough figure lawmakers have discussed for new restaurant aid. He said the new package will include support for other businesses, including live entertainment venues and gyms. “We’re looking beyond restaurants,” he said, while declining to offer a price for the entire package.

The Community Gyms Coalition said in a statement Wednesday that gyms and fitness studios have not received any federal relief, while restaurants and live entertainment venues have not.

“Small gyms continue to suffer disproportionately from the pandemic,” the coalition said. “We are counting on Congress and the Biden administration to act quickly to save tens of thousands of gyms and fitness studios across the country.”

Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, Cardin’s main Republican partner in the new effort, declined to comment on Wednesday. “There is one problem and one problem that I speak of this week, and it saves the Senate from an attack on 200 years of tradition,” he said, referring to the upcoming fight against the rule of law. Senate obstruction of voting rights legislation.

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