With many legislators home from Washington, D.C. over the holidays, the National Restaurant Association used the opportunity to increase local pushes for replenishing the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF).
The RRF was created in 2021 as part of the American Rescue Plan. The initial $28.6 billion allocated for the fund ran out in less than two months before many restaurant operators could obtain federal aid. Since then, the National Restaurant Association has continued to advocate for more funding for the RRF. Over the holidays, the association worked with restaurants across the country to place newspaper op-eds in Baltimore, Houston, Portland and Washington, D.C., and Sean Kennedy, executive vice president of public affairs for the National Restaurant Association appeared on Fox News to highlight the challenges created by the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
“The media campaign is working and policymakers here in our nation’s capital continue to raise the need to replenish RRF,” Kennedy said in a statement. “But believe me, we’re not satisfied with just talk and are escalating our campaigns in key states using both traditional and social media. We need more Republican support, but we also need Democrats to work with the GOP on how best to fund an RRF replenishment. Do not be discouraged by the ups and downs in media reports on how our efforts are faring. Every large legislative effort has fits and starts - we just need to stay focused on not stopping our advocacy efforts.”