Congressman Cohen Asks Congressional Leaders to Include Support for Restaurants and Entertainment Venues in Next Coronavirus Relief Bill

September 25, 2020
Press Release
“It’s imperative that we look out for the little guy”

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today wrote to House Democratic Leaders asking that they include elements of three bills he has cosponsored supporting the entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries in any new coronavirus relief package.

The letter reads in part:

“Thank you for your leadership as you negotiate the next coronavirus relief package. As a proud cosponsor of H.R. 7806, the Save Our Stages (SOS) Act, H.R. 7197, the Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed To Survive (RESTAURANTS) Act, and H.R. 7481, the Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards A Recovery in Twenty-twenty (RESTART) Act, I respectfully request their inclusion in the next coronavirus relief package. I strongly believe these bills are critical in supporting our vulnerable and precious music, restaurant and hospitality industries. As we continue to provide relief to struggling Americas amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s imperative that we look out for the little guy and provide necessary support to keep small businesses afloat.

“As the Representative of Memphis, the Home of the Blues and birthplace of Rock ’n Roll, I am deeply concerned about the vitality of our local, independent music venues. These establishments are vibrant pieces of the fabric that makes up our city and state, bringing visitors from all around the world. The SOS Act would preserve these venues by providing grant support to meet payroll, pay for overhead costs and pay for essential personal protection equipment. Considering these venues were the first close and will likely be the last to open, this support is critical in preserving these venues’ future.”

See the entire letter here