Posted on April 7, 2022

Chip Roy Pushes to End ‘Racist’ Line-Cutting of Minority-Owned Restaurants for Aid

Virginia Aabram, Washington Examiner, April 5, 2022

Rep. Chip Roy is pushing to change a pending coronavirus relief fund for restaurants to remove its “racist” provisions that give minority- and women-owned businesses priority in the distribution line for a time.

The Texas Republican introduced the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Fairness Act on Tuesday to ensure that grant requests would be met on a first-come, first-serve basis. {snip}

“If money is spent, the government should not discriminate based on race and other woke criteria,” Roy said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.  “Yet, that is precisely what Democrats did rendering tens of thousands of restaurants ineligible for relief under the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. {snip}”

{snip} A Texas court ordered an injunction on the practice in June 2021.

Roy said his proposal would make sure “that existing COVID dollars be used to prioritize the 177,300 eligible restaurant owners that were discriminated against and denied relief under the original program and repeal the original RRF’s unconstitutional and racist prioritization scheme that has no place in America.”