Sen. Murray excursions native companies in Seattle to spotlight aid efforts post-pandemic

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) not too long ago toured native small companies in Seattle to debate her efforts to supply aid throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Murray, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, performed a key function in delivering Paycheck Safety Program (PPP) loans and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund by way of the Small Enterprise Administration (SBA) throughout the pandemic. Seattle additionally benefitted from funds offered by the American Rescue Plan Act, which Murray helped craft and cross in 2021.

On her tour, Murray was joined by Alan Macleod, proprietor of MacLeod’s; Lois Ko, proprietor of Candy Alchemy; Max Genereaux, proprietor of Hattie’s Hat; and Legh and Maggie Burns, house owners of Re-SouL – all of whom acquired PPP loans. Candy Alchemy and Hattie’s Hat additionally acquired funds by way of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

“Small companies are the spine of our native financial system, so when the pandemic hit, I took swift motion to assist them preserve their doorways open and their staff on payroll,” Murray mentioned. “It was nice to listen to from so many small enterprise house owners proper right here in Seattle that the American Rescue Plan helped get by way of laborious instances. I’ll at all times be a robust voice for our small enterprise house owners within the U.S. Senate, and I completely plan to maintain combating for prime priorities of mine to help Washington state staff and small companies—like making childcare reasonably priced and accessible and at last passing a federal paid go away program.”

Murray was additionally joined by Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell; Markham McIntyre, director of the Metropolis of Seattle Workplace of Financial Growth; Mike Fong, SBA Pacific NW area administrator; Mike Stewart from the Ballard Alliance; and Mike Tulee from United Indians of All Tribes and Sacred Circle.

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