Omnibus Appropriations Package Leaves Out RRF Replenishment

Over the past several weeks, members of the Vermont Chamber and Vermont Independent Restaurants (VTIR) met with the offices of Senator Leahy and Senator Sanders and have been in communication with Congressman Welch’s office, advocating for replenishment of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund as part of the omnibus appropriations bill. Unfortunately, funding for RRF replenishment was not included in the bill, which is expected to be signed by President Biden on Friday. Advocacy efforts will shift toward getting replenishment included in later COVID relief or a small business package originating in the House.