Federal Relief Update - Send a Message to Washington
The current federal relief package is at
including the following measures:
Small Business Relief Plan
: Much progress was made yesterday on a small business relief plan. Rubio, Mnuchin, McConnell, Schumer, Pelosi and McCarthy are meeting in McConnell's office at 11 AM EST with a vote expected at 3PM today. Now at $350B with broad bipartisan agreements from Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL) and ranking Democrat Senator Ben Cardin (D-MA), with leadership from Senators Collins (R-Maine), Shaheen (D-NH), and Durbin (D-IL) - the plan includes cash loans to small businesses & nonprofits at 500 employees or below; forgivable loans from existing local lenders if they show cash went to cover worker payroll + business expenses (rent, utilities, healthcare costs etc).The IRA is pushing for the definitions of a business to be expanded to include all entities with 500 persons or less.
Unemployment Relief for Laid off Workers:
Now at $500B (Trump/Mnuchin, Schumer/Pelosi)
to read more about the status of the legislation from The Washington Post.
to read more about the status of the legislation in POLITICO.
The Illinois Restaurant Association supports this legislation and lawmakers need to hear from you.
Your voices are being heard!
Please take one minute to tell Illinois’ U.S. Senators and Representatives to support this Act. Email them by visiting
. There are three steps:
- Wait for the page to load (it may take a few seconds to load, but please be patient)
- Fill in your contact information and click "Take Action Now"
- Click “Send Message” (IMPORTANT: you must click Send Message for your message to go through)
The Keeping Workers Paid and Employed Act is pro-worker, pro-immigrant, and pro-small business and nonprofits. It only takes a minute to tell Washington to support this
Act and is absolutely crucial that they hear from you.
Please also encourage fellow Illinois restaurateurs and employees to contact their Congressmen and Senators by visiting our