Sen. Patty Murray urges congress to pass more relief for restaurants, small businesses

U.S. Senator Patty Murray is calling on congress to replenish funding for a program that provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars and businesses impacted by the pandemic.

The senate is currently debating a supplemental bill for COVID relief, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Murray said thousands of businesses in Washington have received more than $9 billion in federal loans, grants and debt relief since the start of the pandemic. 

Restaurant owners find out promised federal relief dollars are 'fully canceled'

Some restaurant owners are finding out they will not get much-needed federal dollars that were promised to them through the federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

However, for several restaurant owners, the funds were gone before they were able to get the same relief as their neighboring business. 

Murray emphasized that the funding was a lifeline for restaurant owners and the support is still needed. 

"I don't think that's fair. Restaurants are often the heart of our communities. They're critical to our economy & they're what make our cities and towns unique," Murray said. 

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