Although it is not anywhere close to reality just yet, QSR franchisees and other restaurant operators can take some solace in bipartisan efforts currently underway in Congress to resurrect and recapitalize the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has again joined with Republican Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) to file the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act calling for an appropriation of $60 billion in direct aid to restaurants. The RRF was funded within the Small Business Administration last year as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) with $28.6 billion but ran into legal problems when the SBA created a discriminatory 21-day exclusive window for businesses owned by women, veterans or members of economically disadvantaged groups. Consequently, portions of the program were enjoined by the courts and ultimately, it exhausted all of its allocation within the first three weeks after only about one third of applicants being funded. Cardin and Wicker each filed legislation last summer that would have appropriated additional funds for the RRF, but that legislation could not gain any traction at that time. Whether this latest effort gets any movement in Congress remains to be seen, but legislation has at least been filed and the issue will be discussed in the current session.