ICYMI: House Democrats urge Pelosi to prioritize aid for gyms

In case you missed it, The Hill covered a letter sent by nearly 50 House Democrats to Speaker Pelosi encouraging her to include the GYMS Act, which currently has over 155 co-sponsors in the House and 16 co-sponsors in the Senate, in the Build Back Better Act.

From The Hill:

  • “Nearly all gyms were forced to close at the start of the pandemic, and restrictions have returned amid the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. But gyms are among a select group of hard-hit industries that have not received specified pandemic relief from Congress.”

80 percent of gym owners are still struggling with the financial impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. A key excerpt outlining the importance of supporting local gyms and fitness studios can be found below:

  • “If Congress and the administration want to build back better and invest in the health of all Americans, then support for fitness is crucial.”
House Democrats urge Pelosi to prioritize aid for gyms
By: Karl Evers-Hillstrom
The Hill
September 2, 2021


Nearly 50 House Democrats on Thursday urged Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to include federal aid for gyms in Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.

In a letter to Democratic leaders, lawmakers pushed for inclusion of the Gym Mitigation and Survival (GYMS) Act, a bipartisan bill that would provide $30 billion to gyms and health clubs that have been battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The GYMS Act would save millions of jobs and tens of thousands of small businesses, would allow for Americans to take charge of their health and fitness, and would further fulfill our promise to Build Back Better,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter spearheaded by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), the bill’s lead sponsor.

Read the full article here.