November 19, 2020

Oregon wouldn’t be the same without independent restaurants. They contribute to vibrant neighborhoods, fuel our local economies by employing thousands of people, and support a diverse supply chain of producers.

At the beginning of the pandemic, I worked with local chefs and restaurateurs to write legislation that will save these restaurants and support the people whose livelihoods depend on them.

What started as a local effort is now a national movement. Last night, the New York Times Editorial Board published its strong support of my RESTAURANTS Act legislation.

If you haven’t already read the editorial, you can click here to read it.


NYT: Save America's Restaurants


With winter coming, and new COVID-19 rules here in Oregon, local restaurants that are holding on by a thread will face even bigger challenges to survive.

We’ve been working on this effort for months. It has already passed the House and even has the support of the Administration and half the Senate. But now the need for relief has never been more urgent.

My hope is that we can get this done as soon as possible. In the meantime, let’s support our favorite neighborhood restaurants in any way that we can during this difficult time.