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Congressman Joe Morelle calls for additional funds for restaurant industry

Rochester, New York — In order to help the restaurant industry, Congressman Joe Morelle is calling for additional funds.
Last year amid the pandemic, The Restaurant Revitalization Fund was initially granted billions of dollars in funding, but it’s now running dry, Morelle said.
Morelle is calling for additional funding to help restaurants that are struggling with the impacts of COVID-19, saying time is of the essence.
“They’re not important simply for the services they provide, though these are critically important for local customers, but also for the many local workers that they employ,” Morelle said. “Sadly, restaurants have been some of the hardest hit small businesses in the country as a result of COVID-19, and many have struggled to keep their doors open.”
Through the revitalization fund, under the American Rescue Plan, restaurants were granted $28.6 billion.
Morelle is calling for an additional $60 billion.
 

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