Washington, D.C. (Sept. 10, 2020) – National Restaurant Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Sean Kennedy released the following statement on today’s vote on the Delivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools and Small Businesses Act in the Senate:

“For almost six months, the restaurant industry has been managing on-going shutdowns and major disruptions that have wreaked havoc on the nation’s second-largest employer. Millions remain without jobs and far too many restaurants have closed altogether.

“Restaurants have had eight weeks of support in a pandemic that has disrupted their businesses for six months. Congress and the Administration agree that small businesses need more support to survive. The inclusion of the second round of the PPP is proof of that. It’s time for them to focus bipartisan efforts and pass PPP on its own to keep doors open and people employed while longer-term solutions can be considered.”



Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 15.6 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We sponsor the industry's largest trade show (National Restaurant Association Show); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart). For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.

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