Biden touts $28.6B restaurant relief program, orders tacos

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has made a Cinco de Mayo taco and enchilada run to highlight his administration’s $28.6 billion program to help eateries that lost business because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden visited Taqueria Las Gemelas in Washington on Wednesday and ordered lunch. The restaurant is owned in part by Mexican immigrants and was a beneficiary of a pilot version of the restaurant relief program.

Biden says the restaurant industry was “badly hurt” by the pandemic.

The aid for eateries is part of the administration’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

The White House says 186,200 restaurants, bars and other eligible businesses applied for the program over its first two days of accepting applications.

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