House Small Business Committee Ranking Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer introduced legislation to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Appropriately titled the ENTRÉE Act, this bill generally reflects the GOP’s preference for how to replenish the RRF. The bill is like the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act, H.R. 3807, in that it would provide $60 billion in additional funding for RRF. However, it differs in two important ways.
What does the introduction of the ENTRÉE Act mean?
Driving up cosponsors of the ENTRÉE Act will be helpful in demonstrating and building support for a solution. So, we are still operating under the same strategy, but now there is a bill Republicans are going to be more willing to cosponsor. Do not expect Democrats to cosponsor this legislation. Rather, they should be directed to cosponsor H.R. 3807. We also are not picking favorites. Cosponsoring either bill is a sign of support for RRF funding.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t necessarily accelerate timing. It remains unlikely that a solution is reached before Congress adjourns for August. The House isn’t schedule to return until the week of September 20th. We should use this time to continue to press the need to replenish RRF.
The ENTRÉE Act will: