OHIO – Yesterday U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) hosted a conference call with the Ohio Restaurant Association and some of their members from across the state on the economic impact of the coronavirus health crisis. This is the second in a series of conference calls Portman is hosting with outside stakeholders, such as employers, hospitals and health care providers, small business owners, workers and more. Portman released the following statement:
“The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is not just a serious health crisis, but it is also having a serious impact on Ohio’s economy, including restaurants both small and large, as well as their employees and their families. As a restaurant owner myself, I know that this is a very difficult time for the industry. I believe Governor DeWine made the right decision by stopping in-restaurant service, but strongly agree that we should be promoting the industry and supporting our restaurants through take-out or delivery where possible.
“I’ve been working with my bipartisan colleagues in the Senate and with the Trump Administration to ensure that the legislation approved by the House last week truly helps not just our workers but also the restaurant industry. I’m hopeful we can pass this legislation this week. Today it was important to hear from our restaurants in Ohio so that I can understand how this legislation will help them and their workers, and how Congress and the administration can take further action to address their concerns.
“I look forward to sharing the ideas and concerns that these folks raised on today’s call with my colleagues in the Senate as well as the Trump Administration so that we can incorporate them into the next legislative measures taken to address this crisis.”