Thursday, March 11, 2021
$1.9T Relief Package Signed Into Law Today Includes Sinema's Long-Touted Restaurant Rescue Aid ( (ARIZONA'S POLITICAL SHORTS)
4:55pm: $1.9T Relief Package Signed Into Law Today Includes Sinema's Long-Touted Restaurant Rescue Aid
President Joe Biden signed the $1.9T Covid relief package into law today, and it includes the $28.6B in restaurant rescue aid which Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema has been fighting for since just after the pandemic began.
Sinema tells Arizona's Politics that “Arizona restaurants fuel jobs across our state, and these employers need support now more than ever. Establishing a restaurant rescue plan will get Arizonans back to work and ensure local Arizona restaurants can keep their doors open as we continue to fight the ongoing pandemic and lay the groundwork for a full economic recovery,”
Sinema worked with the Arizona Restaurant Association in crafting the measure. She and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) also worked together to make sure it was included in this bill. (Wicker is receiving attention from the media for boasting about this, while trashing the rest of the package and voting against it.)
$5B of the fund is set aside for smaller restaurants/bars/etc, defined as those which had gross receipts of less than $500,000 in 2019.
Here is the text of the Restaurant Rescue Aid portion of the bill.
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