EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Democrats continue to tout parts of the American Rescue Plan and the rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congressman Ron Kind stopped at Houligan’s on Barstow Street in Eau Claire, to talk about how funding from the restaurant revitalization portion of the plan will help restaurants in the state.

Kind recognized Houligan’s – and co-owner Jon Seybold – as perfect examples for the need to get money into the hands of struggling restaurants.

Kind said, “It’s a bridge to the other side, so we can return to normal, Jon can get his customers in here and get this place filled night after night, and then hiring up the staff, in order to meet that demand. So, we have some still some work to do to make sure this is efficient, it’s effective, it works, and we’re going to be looking for feedback from people like Jon, in case there are any hiccups along the way.”

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