National Farmers Union and Farmers Restaurant Group Urge Immediate Action on Stimulus Package
For the sake of American businesses and workers, legislators need to put their differences aside and pass a stimulus package, according to National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew, North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne, and Farmers Restaurant Group co-owner Dan Simons.
In an op-ed published last week, the three emphasized the many challenges that restaurants are currently facing as a result of the pandemic, noting that the industry is “on track to lose $240 billion in sales by the end of the year.” Because restaurants support millions of jobs and businesses – most obviously servers, cooks, hosts, and other restaurant workers, but also farmers, truck drivers, meat plant and processing workers, cheesemakers, distilleries, and laundry services, the closure of 100,000 restaurant and the imminent closure of thousands more could devastate the economy at large.
“These workers span the political spectrum, from staunch conservatives to progressives, and everything in between,” the op-ed reads. “All of them, regardless of political affiliation, need and deserve the support of our federal government during this difficult time.”
Simons, Larew, and Watne urged Congress to act quickly to pass another stimulus bill with funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, the Main Street Lending Program, and Economic Industry Disaster Loans. For months, Congressional leadership has been negotiating on what should and shouldn’t be incorporated in relief legislation, to no avail. However, lawmakers from both parties have expressed optimism that a compromise would be completed before the holidays. Details are still being finalized, but currently, the deal is rumored to include $26 billion for nutrition and farm assistance.
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