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Rep Rice Introduces American Dines Out Act


By: Tom Rice
By: Tom Rice
Date: Sept. 30, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC) released the following statement after recently introducing the America Dines Out Act.

"Recently I introduced the America Dines Out Act. This legislation, modeled after a popular measure in England, will create a mechanism in the Treasury that will reimburse restaurants for 50% of diners' meals."

"The coronavirus pandemic is impacting every American. As we continue to safely reopen, we have to help businesses rebuild, said Rep Tom Rice. The America Dines Out Act will help move us toward a quick economic recovery."

"My district contains the Grand Strand and the Pee Dee which is home to over 1,800 restaurants. These business owners were forced to close their doors, and the America Dines Out Act will help them reopen."

The America Dines Out Act will support businesses through their reopening. Here's how:

Within two weeks of enactment, the bill directs the Treasury to create a mechanism to reimburse restaurants for 50% of a diners' meals. The limitations on the program are:

1. The 50% discount is provided up to $12 per diner per day.
2. The discount only applies to food and non-alcoholic beverages.
3. The discount only applies if the customer dines in the restaurant.
4. The discount only applies on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Restaurants would submit for reimbursement.