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House Passes Bill to Fund Depleted Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Larry Lease

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As the pandemic continues to bog down the country, one of the industries that has been seriously burdened by it, is the restaurant industry. Dallas News is reporting that the House passed a bill that would reload the grant program known as the Restaurant Revitalization Fund with $42 billion.

Roll Call reports the House voted 223-203 to pass H.R. 3807, known as the Relief for Restaurants and Other Hard-Hit Small Businesses Act of 2022. This new act would distribute another round of money to struggling businesses across the country. This new legislation now moves to the Senate.

This new bill was first introduced by lawmakers last June and initially fought for an additional $60 billion in funding. It originally seemed chances of Congress passing another round of restaurant-specific funding were slim. The bill was originally dropped from the massive Congressional spending bill.

The Los Angeles Times reports the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, quickly ran out of funding when it was launched last May. It originally offered grants of up to $10 million to businesses in the food industry. 101,000 restaurants and food businesses nationwide were approved for grants. 6,406 of those approved were Texas businesses that received $1.6 billion.

Groups in the industry including the Texas Restaurant Association lobbied for more funding, arguing that the survival of thousands of restaurants depends on it. More than 12,000 Texas food business owners were promised relief grants but never received them. The National Restaurant Association reports that industry sales remain down $65 billion from 2019 pre-pandemic levels and 90,000 restaurants are either temporary or permanently closed.

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