WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives will vote on final passage of the American Rescue Plan and send it to President Biden to be signed into law. On Saturday, Senator Baldwin voted to pass the legislation in the Senate, with includes federal aid for Wisconsin small businesses, including restaurants.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for Wisconsin small businesses and the American Rescue Plan provides help so they can stay open, keep workers on the payroll, and reopen completely when we get past this public health crisis,” said Senator Baldwin. “Wisconsin Congressional Republicans oppose the American Rescue Plan and have said it is unnecessary and that it’s a ‘bailout,’ but I know small businesses are the engine of our economy and they need help. The American Rescue Plan provides more, targeted federal funding and resources to the hardest-hit small businesses in Wisconsin, including restaurants. This support is targeted and necessary to move our Wisconsin economy forward.”
Senator Baldwin has consistently supported providing federal aid to help Wisconsin’s small businesses stay afloat during the pandemic. She worked to make sure the American Rescue Plan includes funding for independent restaurants and their workers, live entertainment venues, and has also supported reforms to improve the Paycheck Protection Program to reach underserved communities and the smallest, most vulnerable businesses.
The American Rescue Plan Act includes more funding and support for Wisconsin small businesses: