May 28, 2020

National Restaurant Association Statement on Bipartisan Vote to Pass the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – National Restaurant Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Sean Kennedy today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7010 the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act.   

Authored by Reps. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Chip Roy (R-TX), the bill makes a number of important improvements to the PPP which will benefit restaurants and their employees.  The bill was passed by a vote of 417-1. 

“Restaurants have suffered more job and revenue losses than any other sector of the economy because of mandated closures and restrictions on operating.  This is why we have expressed, since the beginning of the COVID crisis, that our industry’s unique operations require a flexible recovery program."

“While the PPP program can be a critical tool for helping restaurants and small businesses, changes to the program are needed so it can be utilized as intended."

“Today, the House of Representatives acted with overwhelming bipartisan support to make the PPP program more flexible.  We are grateful for the leadership of Reps. Dean Phillips and Chip Roy, and for the bipartisan support of more than 400 of their colleagues who voted for these changes."   

“Our focus will now shift toward achieving similar bipartisan results in the Senate because enacting these PPP changes will help restaurants get the relief they need to get employees back to work and on the path to recovery.” 

About the 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 15.5 million employees. Together with 52 State Associations, we are a network of professional organizations dedicated to serving every restaurant through advocacy, education, and food safety. 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 and find @WeRRestaurants on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.