Senate Approves Restaurant Relief Measure

Late yesterday, the US Senate endorsed a restaurant relief amendment to the budget resolution filed jointly by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday. The budget resolution is the start of the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill that includes the federal minimum wage increase to $15 per hour.…

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House Passes Relief Bill, Excludes Franchises

Late yesterday, by a highly partisan vote of 214 – 207, House Democrats approved a revised, $2.2 trillion HEROES Act that included $120 billion in direct assistance to independent restaurants, food trucks and bars but specifically excluded franchises! This version is the first that includes the $120 billion proposed by the Independent Restaurant Coalition in…

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CFA and NRA Look to Expand IRC Stabilization Fund

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) is working alongside the National Restaurant Association (NRA) to broaden a proposed restaurant-only stabilization fund to help the restaurant industry recover from the coronavirus pandemic and the economic devastation it has caused the industry. As we advised a few weeks ago, the newly-created Independent Restaurant Coalition is pushing Congress…

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Independent Restaurants Want Exclusive Grants

Another effort is underway to provide more targeted relief for the restaurant industry – or at least relief to a very small part of it!  Representative Earl Blumenauer, a democratic Congressman from Oregon and member of the House Ways and Means Committee is working with senior Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker on securing bipartisan support to…

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