How to Take Action
When the Restaurant Revitalization Fund portal opened in May 2021, it was funded with only $28.6 billion — not nearly enough to meet the needs of the almost 300,000 restaurants and bars that applied for relief.
The House recently passed H.R.3807, which would allocate $42 billion for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). On May 19th, the Senate failed to pass The Small Business COVID Relief Act (S.4008), sponsored by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), which would have replenished the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) with $40 billion. The vote total was 52 to 43.
#1 CALL YOUR SENATOR
Dial 202-224-3121 and use the script and talking points below. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, don't hesitate to call often — and ask your friends and colleagues to join you!
Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I live in [CITY, STATE]. I'm urging you to support additional relief for independent restaurants by voting YES to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Nearly 200,000 restaurants didn't receive funding through the initial RRF grant program, and many of these small businesses risk closing permanently. The Senate’s upcoming vote is our industry’s last chance for relief. I'm calling today to ask that Senator [NAME] vote yes to Replenish the RRF.
Include details about your own connection to restaurants, especially if you own a restaurant or bar or work at one, and how the pandemic has impacted you. Personal details like this matter and can help persuade legislators!
TALKING POINTS TO SHARE:
Restaurant owners and workers have been fighting for over two years to stay afloat during the unpredictable challenges of COVID-19.
More than 90,000 restaurants and bars around the country have closed during the pandemic, and thousands more are hanging on by a thread, taking out loans and selling personal assets just to keep their businesses afloat.
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) in 2021 helped keep 101,000 independent restaurants and bars open.
But nearly 200,000 businesses did not receive funding and now four out of five of these restaurants are at risk of closing forever.
The Senate’s upcoming vote on the RRF is our last chance to save tens of thousands of beloved restaurants from closure.
There is one solution to all these problems: prioritizing urgent relief for restaurants and voting to replenish the RRF.