Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, the Chair of the Small Business Committee also indicated that work was underway on such a package. While not being included in the SBC today is a disappointment, this is not defeat. As you can see from the comments of Chairperson Velázquez and Congressman Phillips, the conversation around relief for gyms and others continues. This is only the first public step in a process that will unfold over the next several weeks.
Ultimately, it will be up to the leadership in the House and the Senate to decide which pieces will make it into the final bill and that final bill will almost certainly look different than what we see released today and in the coming days.
“The lawmaking process is always messy. There is a reason why they call it sausage making, it isn’t pretty, and this is just the beginning of the sausage making. I am impressed by all the work done to get us this far and I am committed to doing all we need to do to make this a positive outcome,” said IHRSA CEO Liz Clark.
The Battle for Fitness Industry Relief is Not Lost
Over the last 10 days, we have been getting a clear message that Congressional leadership knows that the gyms need help. We have heard that Speaker Pelosi knows that gyms need help. Conversations with almost all of the members of the House SBC voiced the message that gyms need help.
Just last week, Congressman Mike Quigley and nearly 50 House members sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi again highlighting that gyms need help. The effort was noted in the D.C. media with a story in The Hill, House Democrats urge Pelosi to prioritize aid for gyms.
In the Senate last week, staff for a high-level Senator told us that they know gyms need to be taken care of, but cautioned that reconciliation might not be the vehicle. There have also been meetings with the White House in which the administration has indicated their support.