AGA seeking further COVID relief for hard-hit US gaming sector

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American Gaming Association President and CEO Bill Miller has welcomed additional COVID-19 relief measures passed by Congress, but stressed that gaming businesses have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic.

In a statement released by the AGA, Miller said: “The American Gaming Association is encouraged that Congress has come together to pass bipartisan legislation, which provides important relief for many Americans and businesses that continue to struggle as a result of the pandemic.

“While this much-needed aid is a significant step, it is imperative that the next Congress act swiftly on additional measures to address the economic challenges facing our nation and our industry,” said Miller.

“Gaming communities, companies, and employees have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic – enduring mandated closures and operating restrictions, investing heavily in health and safety protocols, and playing a key role in stopping the community spread of COVID. We’ve met these challenges with resolve and resilience.

“Congress must do their part to provide meaningful relief for businesses and their communities, whose vitality are inextricably linked. Gaming companies support nearly two million American jobs, provide critical tax revenue, and serve as economic engines in communities all across America.”

Miller concluded: “The Association looks forward to working with the Biden administration and 117th Congress in the New Year to provide tax relief that will save gaming jobs and alleviate costs, liability protections that advance responsible reopening, incentives for reviving travel and tourism, and essential support for tribal nations.”