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Kildee Urges Relief for Michigan Restaurants, Small Businesses

September 25, 2020
Press Release
RELIEF for Main Street Act Provides Additional Support During Pandemic

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today spoke about additional bills he supports to help ensure that Michigan’s restaurants and small businesses can survive the coronavirus pandemic.

During a hearing of the Ways and Means’ Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, Kildee and Members of Congress heard witness testimony from restaurant owners, workers, and community leaders on how the pandemic is affecting small businesses.

Kildee highlighted how his legislation, the RELIEF for Main Street Act, would support Michigan’s restaurants and small businesses by creating a new fund to provide direct federal support to cities, counties, and states in order to seed and scale local relief funds for these businesses and small restaurants.

“Michigan small businesses, including restaurants, are the backbone of our state’s economy and provide thousands of jobs,” said Congressman Kildee. “These small businesses have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and are still struggling to make ends meet. Congress must provide more support to Michigan restaurant owners and workers through the RELIEF for Main Street Act.”

Michigan restaurants makeup 10 percent of employment in the state and contribute to the state economy and tax base. According to the Michigan Restaurant Association, without additional federal support, up to a quarter of Michigan restaurants are in danger of closing within the next six months. Further, as winter approaches, and outdoor seating capacity is reduced, restaurants will need funding to winterize their seating to continue serving additional customers.

A video of Congressman Kildee’s remarks today at the hearing can be found here.