Every Michigan GOP Member of Congress Votes to Block COVID Aid Keeping Restaurants Open All 7 of Michigan’s Republican representatives in the US House voted to block $55 billion in aid designed to help restaurants, other small businesses recover after the pandemic.

Every Michigan GOP Member of Congress Votes to Block COVID Aid Keeping Restaurants Open

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

The US House of Representatives just passed a new bill that delivers $55 billion in aid to restaurants and small businesses struggling to bounce back from the pandemic – no thanks to Michigan’s 7 Republican representatives.

While the lawmakers approved the measure, primarily designed to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant program created by Biden’s American Rescue Plan, by a vote of 223-203, all of Michigan’s Republican representatives voted in lockstep to deny the funding.

Jack Bergman, Bill Huizenga, Lisa C. McClain, Peter Meijer, John R. Moolenaar, Fred Upton, and Tim Walberg each voted “Nay,” despite the fact that approximately 100,000 restaurants received relief through the program last year.

In addition to the Restaurant Revitalization Program, the bill will provide an additional $13 billion for restaurants affected by the pandemic – as well as establish oversight and reporting requirements designed to ensure that funds are distributed and used properly.