餐饮业者联合紧急呼吁:参议院立即通过餐厅救济法案

2020-12-01 07:30  来源: 中餐通讯编


餐馆业主及从业者們,看过来! 一起大声疾呼,告诉参议院,马上通过立法拯救餐馆业! 全美餐馆同业会(NRA, www.Restaurant.org)正在协助独立餐馆联盟机构(Independent Restaurant Coliation),向全美餐业主者发起联署签名请求信。

50万家独立餐馆和1100万个工作岗位正处于永远消失的边缘。为了让餐馆重新服务于社区并协助重振经济,我们需要参议院跟随众议院的步伐,现在就立法拯救餐馆行业,特别是通过“餐廰法案 (RESTAURANTS ACT),设立1200亿美元的 “独立私营餐馆振兴基金” (IndependentRestaurant Revitalization Fund)。

请您今天就访问”拯救餐馆“ 网站:https://www.saverestaurants.com/  

填写一份简单的信息表,即能自动给您所在地区的参议员发出紧急救助请求邮件,呼吁本区的参议员给予支持。目标是争取到两万個签名,早日促成参议院通过餐馆救济法案!

Sign our letter urging Congress to pass restaurant relief


紧急救助请求信的英文范本,中文翻译如下:


尊敬的佩洛西众议长,麦康奈尔参议长,舒默领袖议员,以及麦卡锡领袖议员:

我们餐馆业正处于存亡危机之中。这不是我们的错, 我们急需帮助。85%以上像我们这样的街坊餐馆,将无法承受在这次疫情大流行期间再一次的停业,我们餐饮行业雇佣着1600多万人,我们的雇员們和他们的家庭,面对节日季节的到来,却感到前途未卜,忧心忡忡。


自今年3月以来,餐饮业的困境危机变得越来越糟。虽然我们中的多数业者依赖外卖、户外就餐座位维持生计,并不断努力创新,增加了半成品组合餐和鸡尾酒外卖等新概念,支撑着度过了这个夏天,但我们餐饮业的收入仍然大幅下降,债务也在不断累积。


今年我们所承受的收入损失,对于我们的餐厅企业和经济来说,根本是不可持续的。仅仅在2020年第二季度,餐厅就损失了超过2200亿美元的收入,而从联邦的工资保障计划(PPP贷款)中获得的救济仅为这些损失的18%。与此同时,今天仍有五分之一(超过210万)的餐饮业员工在失业,比任何其他行业都要多,每六家餐馆中就有一家已别无选择,永久关门了。让许许多多的家庭失去了薪水,对未来无可预见,失望而灰心。


这种情况还将继续恶化。随着病毒激增,冬季天气使得户外就餐无法进行。尤其是在全美各地的城市和州政府官员再度发布新的宵禁和餐饮限制,使餐饮业者难上加难,无法赚取足够的收入来维持充分就业,餐厅只剩下永久关闭的选择了。


在这个世界上最富裕的国家,不应该令人怀疑自己是否能在假期中维持生计。感恩节前裁员是我们一生中最令人痛心的经历之一,但如果国会继续不采取针对餐饮业的救济方案,我们也就束手无策,别无选择(关门或裁员)。国会能为餐馆做的事,州长和市长们根本没有资源去做。


因此我们联合餐饮业者在4月份向国会提交了一份应对这场疫情经济危机的拯救餐厅方案,国会也听取了我们的意见。从那时起,214名美国众议员和50名美国参议员从两个党派共同提出了THE RESTAURANTS ACT (餐馆法案)。国会已认识到,任何小商业主都无法在确保员工、客人和社区的健康和安全,以及保持团队就业之间做出选择。


RESTAURANTSACT (餐馆法案)将减少2.4%的失业率,为GDP贡献超过2700亿美元,并给企业带来信心,使餐廰能够度过寒冬季、挺过餐饮限制和歇业的困境。


面对我们美国的50万家本地的独立餐馆和酒吧,以及数百万计的农民、渔民、餐饮批发经销商来说,正是急需国会为挽救餐饮行业做出行动的时候了。餐馆行业已世代为我们的街坊服务,养活了社区的经济,我们寄望在未来的岁月里服务社区,带动经济。我们餐饮业需要您的帮助,这样我们才能继续为您服务。


谨此致敬,


独立餐厅业者联盟



Sign our letter urging Congress to pass restaurant relief

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer and Leader McCarthy;


Neighborhood restaurants are in crisis through no fault of our own, and we need help. Up to 85% of restaurants like ours may not be able to survive another round of shutdowns during this pandemic, leaving over 16 million people and their families employed by our industry uncertain about their futures this holiday season.

The crisis has only gotten worse since March. While many of us have managed to get by this summer relying on takeout, outdoor seating, and creative efforts like meal kits and to-go cocktails, our revenue is still dramatically down, and debt is accumulating.

The loss in revenue we have endured this year is simply unsustainable for our businesses and the economy. In just the second quarter of 2020, restaurants lost over $220 billion in revenue and received less than 18% of those losses in relief from the Paycheck Protection Program. Meanwhile one in five people who remain unemployed today (over 2.1 million) are restaurant workers, more than any other industry, and one in six restaurants have had no choice but to close and leave many families unsure where they will get a paycheck for the foreseeable future.

This will continue to get worse. The virus is surging, winter weather has made outdoor dining impossible, and restaurants are permanently closing as a result. This is particularly true as city and state officials across the country issue new curfews and dining restrictions that make it impossible to earn enough revenue to maintain full employment.

In the wealthiest nation on the planet, nobody should be left wondering whether they can make ends meet through the holidays. Laying off employees just before Thanksgiving has been one of the most gut wrenching experiences of our lives, but without a targeted relief plan from Congress we are left with no choice. Governors and Mayors simply don't have the resources to do what Congress can do for restaurants.

Our community sent Congress a plan to deal with this crisis in April and they listened. Since then, 214 U.S. Representatives and 50 U.S. Senators from both parties have co-sponsored the RESTAURANTS Act. They recognize no small business should have to choose between the health and safety of their staff, guests and community, and keeping their teams employed.

The RESTAURANTS Act would reduce unemployment by up to 2.4%, contribute more than $270 billion to GDP, and give businesses the confidence they need to get through the winter weather, closures, and dining restrictions.

Time is up for our nation's 500,000 local, independent restaurants and bars, and the millions of farmers, fishermen, beverage distributors, and others who supply them. Restaurants have served our communities and fed our economy for generations and we want to continue doing so in the years to come. We need your help, so that we can continue serving you.

Respectfully yours,

Independent Restaurant Coalition


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