WASHINGTON (WTVA) — U.S. Senator Roger Wicker is among four lawmakers to introduce a bill that would provide $120 billion for independent restaurants affected by the coronavirus.
The RESTAURANTS Act would create a revitalization fund for an industry that suffered a severe economic blow when states forced those establishments to close because of the disease.
According to the Republican from Tupelo, more than 11 million workers at independent restaurants could lose their jobs permanently.
"The RESTAURANTS Act would save many of these businesses, benefiting their workers and the farmers, fishermen, distributors, and truckers that rely on them," said Wicker in a statement.