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Wed May 5, 2021, 04:30 PM

Biden touts $28.6B restaurant relief program, orders tacos

Source: AP

By JOSH BOAK and ALEXANDRA JAFFE

WASHINGTON (AP) — Setting foot in a restaurant for his first time as president, Joe Biden made a Cinco de Mayo taco and enchilada run to highlight his administration’s $28.6 billion program to help eateries that lost business because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The president went to Taqueria Las Gemelas in Washington on Wednesday and ordered lunch. The restaurant, owned in part by Mexican immigrants, was a beneficiary of a pilot version of the restaurant relief program. It went from 55 employees to seven during the pandemic, though it was able to rehire some workers through the Paycheck Protection Program that predates the Biden administration.

“When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, our nation’s restaurants were some of the first and the worst hit,” Biden said in remarks Wednesday, the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.

The president stressed that restaurants have historically been one of the first rungs on the economic ladder, a chance to move upward that was undermined by the virus.



President Joe Biden talks with employees during a visit to Taqueria Las Gemelas restaurant Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-restaurants-health-coronavirus-pandemic-business-509c354bd863e7be998674ad382b57a7

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Omaha Steve May 5 OP
soothsayer May 5 #1
TomCADem May 5 #6
cinematicdiversions May 5 #2
LakeArenal May 5 #3
Crowman2009 May 5 #4
Lonestarblue May 5 #5
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 04:31 PM

1. Tacos and enchiladas, to be precise

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #1)

Wed May 5, 2021, 08:46 PM

6. Since It Is Not In The American Rescue Plan, He Can't Do That

You would need to amend the Act to do that.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 04:51 PM

2. How about linking relief to wages.

No restaurant should get federal relief unless they abide by federal employment guidelines including a min $15 living wage for all employees tipped or otherwise.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 04:56 PM

3. Hey I thought if Dems got elected, there would be taco carts on every corner.🤷🏼‍♀️

What happened?

We’re Repubs lying to us!!!!😵

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #3)

Wed May 5, 2021, 06:05 PM

4. Yeah, where are my Sonoran-style tacos damnit!

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #3)

Wed May 5, 2021, 08:34 PM

5. I live in Austin--we have tacos everywhere!

They’re great. Obama was a rock star when he went to the original Torchy’s Tacos here. Yum!

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Response to Lonestarblue (Reply #5)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:06 PM

7. Yes yum.

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