|This week, we honored the contributions of small businesses during National Small Business Week. They play a vital role in our local economies, and there’s no question that they have been facing the challenges the pandemic has brought head on. While much work remains, small businesses are breathing a sigh of relief thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and its Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which will provide more than $28 billion in relief to America’s hard-hit restaurant and food establishments — no wonder the Republicans who unanimously opposed the plan spent this week touting it.
Here’s a look at what voters in states across the country were reading — and seeing — this week:
To mark Small Business Week, state parties highlighted how the American Rescue Plan — which allocates $15 billion in flexible grants to help the most severely impacted businesses, bolsters the Paycheck Protection Program, and provide more than $28 billion in relief to America’s hard-hit restaurant and food establishments — is already helping small businesses get back on their feet.
In North Carolina:
Local press continued to highlight how the American Families Plan would help people across the country.
As Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a blatant voter suppression bill limiting the ability of organizations to register voters and imposing new restrictions on vote-by-mail, and Republicans in Texas considered various pieces of legislation aimed at making it harder to vote, Democrats called out these desperate attempts to make it harder for the American people to make their voices heard.