Washington, D.C. – Sean Kennedy, executive vice president of Public Affairs for the National Restaurant Association released the following statement the passage of H.R. 1319:“The House passage of the American Rescue Plan Act means the $25 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund is one step closer to being a reality. It’s a huge win for struggling restaurants in every community – and one that we have been focused on from the beginning of the pandemic.
“The inclusion of the Raise the Wage Act will needlessly harm tipped servers and restaurants when they are most at risk of closing their doors for good. We need an agreement that supports the return of the restaurant jobs needed for local economies to recover from the pandemic, but that doesn’t penalize our workers or slow our rebuilding. We will continue to work with Congress to find this solution.”