Investing in our Communities and Downtowns as they Recover from the Pandemic
This pandemic has put enormous stress on community centers and downtowns across the country. Peter understands that independent live music and entertainment venues, restaurants, and small businesses are often the heart of our communities’ downtowns — and they help make Vermont such a special place to live. That’s why he’s been fighting in Congress to provide relief for these businesses, so they can get back to fully serving the communities they love.
- Cosponsored the Restaurant Relief Package (RRP) in the American Rescue Plan that passed in 2021. Peter continues to work with local Vermont restaurant owners and won’t stop fighting to replenish the RRP fund so these local businesses get the support they need.
- Authored the Save Our Stages Act in Congress, leading the effort in Washington to provide funding to eligible live music venues, movie theaters, and performing arts organizations that were shuttered by the COVID-19 pandemic. 65 grants have been awarded to Vermont venues, totalling over $29.9 million from the SBA grant program – Shuttered Venues Operators Grant – created by this bill.
- Strongly supported the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provided businesses in Vermont with more than 21,000 loans totaling upwards of $1.7 billion. The first round of PPP assisted nearly 12,000 Vermont small businesses receive grants to get through the pandemic, and helped save as many as 114,000 jobs.