Earlier this week, President Trump made good on his promise and signed an Executive Order suspending the H-2B Visa program through the balance of the calendar year, but he also provided exemptions for workers in food supply chains and workers whose entry is deemed in the national interest. The suspension, which also includes the H-1B visas for skilled workers and L visas for mangers and specialized workers being transferred within a company along with J visas for cultural exchange opportunities, took effect on Wednesday of this week. At the same time this week, a bipartisan effort was undertaken in Congress to create a $120 billion restaurant recovery fund proposed by the Independent Restaurant Coalition. As we anticipated, the Real Economic Support that Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive Act, or the Restaurant Act, was introduced in the House by Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) with a number of democrat and republican co-sponsors. Likewise, republican Senator Roger Wicker joined with democrat Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) to file a similar bill in the U.S. Senate. The House proposal establishes a $120 billion fund for independent food service or drinking establishments hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, but excludes franchises while the Senate legislation allows participation by franchisees with 20 or fewer locations as well.