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Hagedorn, House Small Business Republicans Send Letter to SBA on Restaurant Revitalization Fund Portal Closure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) led his Republican Colleagues on the House Small Business Committee, including Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), in sending a letter to the U.S. Small Business Administrator (SBA) Isabella Casillas Guzman responding to the SBA's May 18, 2021, publication announcing the preemptive closure of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Portal on May 24th, 2021. This would effectively shut out “non-priority” restaurant and bar owners from receiving funding.

“Closing the RRF portal entry means that more than 100,000 restaurant and bar owners deemed as non-priority applications will be shut out from receiving any funds, let alone the opportunity to apply,” said Congressman Hagedorn. “This is the Biden Administration picking winners and losers and highlights the widespread discrimination of restaurant owners who do not fit its description of 'priority.' We are calling on Administrator Guzman to provide an explanation as to why the SBA gave preferences to some, including those that may lack documentation or an unknown immigration status.”

“Fairness needs to be the guiding principle for all government programs. I refuse to stand by and allow the SBA to be in the businesses of choosing winners and losers for resources that should be available to small businesses of ALL backgrounds,” said House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer. “The fact that the SBA and Biden administration are celebrating undocumented immigrants having access to the RRF before legal, taxpaying American citizens is flat out wrong, and I am calling upon the SBA to fix this immediately.”

Full text of the letter can be found here.