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Stimulus bill to aid independent restaurants hit hardest in pandemic

Millions of independent restaurant owners and employees displaced or struggling because of the pandemic could soon see relief through federal legislation that specifically targets them for help. 

A bipartisan bill introduced in both houses of Congress last month called the RESTAURANTS Act 2020 would provide $120 billion in grants to assist restaurateurs to rehire workers and for other operating expenses. 

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, is the lead Senate sponsor along with Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, a Republican.

Fitzpatrick Announces $250k Grant for Middletown Township Police Department

LANGHORNE, PA—Today, June 29th, 2020, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) announced that Middletown Township Police Department has received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to hire two new police officers to join the force. The Middletown Township Police Department is one of only eight departments in the entire Commonwealth that will receive funds through the Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program (CHP).

After Senate Passes the Bi-Partisan Great American Outdoors Act, Environmental Group Urges House to Take It Across the Finish Line

WASHINGTON, DC — Starting today, billboards in 10 cities across the US, including San Francisco, Mt. Pleasant (SC), Parsippany (NJ), Scranton (PA), Glen Allen (VA), Virginia Beach, West Jordan (UT), Lansing (MI), Langhorne (PA), and Boise (ID), will go up urging members of Congress in those districts to protect our parks and public lands by passing the Great American Outdoors Act. Earlier this month, the Senate passed the bi-partisan Great American Outdoors Act with more than 70 votes.

Fitzpatrick introduces legislation to support restaurants

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-1st dist.), along with Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Sens. Roger Wicker and Kyrsten Sinema, introduced The Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive Act of 2020. The legislation would establish a $120 billion revitalization fund to help independent restaurants deal with the long-term structural challenges facing the industry because of COVID-19 and support the reemployment of 11 million workers.

Reps. Fitzpatrick, Wild introduce legislation to stabilize restaurant industry after COVID-19

U.S. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Susan Wild (D-PA) introduced legislation last week that calls for a $120 billion restaurant stabilization grant program to help independent restaurants following the COVID-19 crisis.

H.R. 7197, the Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive (RESTAURANTS) Act of 2020, would create a grant program to specifically help independent restaurants focus on long-term structural challenges facing the industry and ensure they can reemploy 11 million workers.

Op-Ed: Rebuilding our economy with higher education, apprenticeships

For 113 consecutive months, the United States’ economy saw an increase in the number of jobs, the longest streak on record. Then the coronavirus hit, leaving at least 30 million Americans unemployed and eliminating the past decade’s employment growth. While we once focused on maintaining our robust gains, we are now picking up the pieces. Our country is currently in the middle of a storm, but when it clears, millions of Americans will be ready and willing to get back to work, and we will have an economy in need of rebuilding.