Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)
The $28.6 billion RRF was created in the partisan American Rescue Plan. It was purposefully underfunded and created competitive disadvantages in local markets by allowing recipients to use the federal funds for expansive uses such as large hiring bonuses, facility enhancements, and to pay off business debts. Accommodations and Food Services was one of the most supported and subsidized industries throughout COVID-19. In 2021, Accommodation and Food Service GDP grew faster than any other sector, averaging 40% growth per quarter. This was nearly 20 times faster than the average in every industry except arts and entertainment, which also received targeted federal subsidies. Restaurants do not need more government handouts. They need the freedom to operate without burdensome restrictions.