May 16, 2022

Senate Expected to Vote on Beginning Debate Over Restaurant Revitalization Fund Bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has pledged that the chamber will soon vote to begin debate on a bill that would allocate $40 billion to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). The program provides a much-needed lifeline to restaurants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the initial $28.6 billion of funding ran out in spring 2021 after only three weeks, leaving 177,000 restaurants waiting for relief. Additional funding would provide that support.

The National Restaurant Association is requesting help from FEDA's dealer network to push the bill over the finish line. Even if you have previously engaged your Senators, FEDA asks you to please consider contacting them again by using this form. Everyone in Washington knows there is a great need to replenish the RRF, but they need to hear directly from businesses to make it a priority.

For more information on the status of the bill, please see the National Restaurant Association's latest Washington Update.