Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is looking to include federal funding for restaurants in need in the next COVID-19 relief bill.
Schumer says 54 percent of restaurants across New York say they will not survive the next six months without more help.
So far, nearly 4,000 New York restaurants have shut down. The legislation with bipartisan support would grant individual restaurants a maximum of $5 million, with the money going until the end of the year.
Schumer says this push could save restaurants and their employees.
"A restaurant is an organic place: the chef, the waiters, the people cleaning the tables, it's a whole thing, and you want to keep your employees,” Schumer said. “You have a bond with your employees. So you don't want to fire them. But if you don't have the money, what are you going to do? This bill will help solve those problems."
Schumer says if more assistance is needed at the end of the year, the relief could be renewed.
He hopes to have the bill on President Joe Biden's desk by next month.