As Thousands Of U.S. Businesses Close For Good, Congress Focuses On Tiger Ownership, Legalizing Marijuana

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More than 800 businesses close each day, one study found

By  Joseph Curl  |  Daily Wire

“A recent study found 800 small businesses a day are closing across the country,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) wrote Saturday on Twitter.

While some questioned the declaration, Klobuchar was citing a study by Yelp. “As of August 31, 163,735 total U.S. businesses on Yelp have closed since the beginning of the pandemic (observed as March 1), a 23% increase since July 10.” Yelp estimated that 60% of those closed businesses are not reopening, saying 97,966 are permanently closed, which means more like 500 businesses shuttered each day.

And those numbers are old, missing the last three months, when many state governors renewed shutdowns to stem the rising COVID-19 numbers.

Other data from the University of California Santa Cruz shows the number of closures could be even higher, with more than 316,000 businesses closed between February and September, which puts the number of daily closures at 1,500 a day.

Meanwhile, the New York Post recently reported that Harvard-run database showed 27.8% of small businesses in New York haven’t reopened their doors since January. In New Jersey, 31.2% remain closed. The national average, according to the database, is 29.8%.

“It’s devastating how many restaurants have shuttered and jobs have been lost,” Andrew Rigie, executive director of NYC Hospitality Alliances, which represents bars, restaurants, and clubs, told the Post.

But what is Congress focusing on? Not help for businesses or Americans struggling under COVID-19 lockdowns. No, lawmakers are busying debating who can own lions and tigers and whether to legalize marijuana nationwide.

“The main bill on the House floor this week is a measure to decriminalize marijuana and provide a process for expunging marijuana-related convictions,” Roll Call reported on Tuesday. “The chamber will also take up several bills under suspension of the rules, including a bill to ban breeding and private ownership of big cats that was featured in the infamous Netflix show ‘Tiger King.’”

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