(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – National Restaurant Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Sean Kennedy released the following statement regarding a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of a proposed $15 wage bill.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office confirmed what the National Restaurant Association and its members have long said: passing a $15 wage bill will crush the restaurant industry and lead to substantial job losses.

“CBO’s analysis notes that the $15 wage bill pending in Congress could trigger elimination of as many as 3.7 million local jobs, the majority of which are held by women. We need a common-sense approach to the minimum wage that reflects the economic realities of each region, because $15 in New York is not $15 in Alabama.”

Sean Kennedy
Executive Vice President of Public Affairs
National Restaurant Association.

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 15.6 million employees. Together with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Association works to lead America’s restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence and participation, enhancing the quality of life for all we serve. For more information, visit us at Restaurant.org.