Armstrong Supports the ENTRÉE Act to Aid America's Struggling Restaurants

August 17, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) joined Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) as a cosponsor of the Entrepreneurs Need Timely Replenishment for Eating Establishments (ENTRÉE) Act. Due to overreaching shutdown measures and altered capacity restrictions, restaurants across the country have struggled to keep their doors open this past year. The ENTRÉE Act aims to assist American restaurant owners who are working to serve their employees and communities.

“American restaurant owners have worked hard to keep their doors open during the pandemic,” said Congressman Armstrong. “The ENTRÉE Act will help restaurant owners receive the assistance they need to continue to provide jobs and serve their communities. This commonsense legislation will use unspent allocated dollars rather than continuing to recklessly grow the national deficit.”

The ENTRÉE Act will:

  • Provide $60 billion to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) paid for by rescinding money from unspent Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and state and local funds within President Biden’s reckless American Rescue Plan;
  • Increase oversight responsibilities and audit requirements for the SBA to safeguard American taxpayer dollars;
  • Eliminate preferential treatment for priority groups; and
  • Require all applications to be received, reviewed, processed, and disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The full text of the ENTRÉE Act can be found here.