The Voice of the Restaurant
& Foodservice Industry

Our Shared Vision

Local restaurants are the cornerstone of communities across the country. We are the nation’s second-largest private sector employer, creating first time jobs and careers in big cities and small towns. Restaurants are a place for people to gather and celebrate special moments with loved ones.

Restaurant operators face a number of challenges and opportunities in Congress and in state governments across the country. As the voice of the restaurant and foodservice industry, the National Restaurant Association advocates for federal policies that help restaurant operators and their employees thrive in a customer-driven business environment.

Lowering Swipe Fees

The Credit Card Competition Act (CCCA), S. 1838/H.R. 3881, is bipartisan legislation that would drive down the high swipe fees restaurant operators pay on every credit card transaction by creating competition in the broken credit card processing market.
Person paying for a meal by tapping their credit card to the credit card reader

Take Action Now on CCCA

Swipe fees are one of the highest operating expenses for restaurant operators, just behind food and labor. Tell Congress to pass the Credit Card Competition Act to stem rising swipe fees.

Blocking the FTC's Surcharge Ban

The FTC is proposing a rule on so-called “junk fees” that is so expansive it would ban widely accepted restaurant fees, such as delivery and large-party service fees.


Protecting the Tip Credit

Restaurant employees, operators and a majority of customers nationwide support the tip credit. However, in Congress, and in communities around the country, there are efforts to eliminate tipped incomes through legislation and the ballot box.
Tip left on counter with salt and pepper shakers holding the money in place.

Securing Tax Relief for Restaurants

New bipartisan legislation would restore expired tax deductions for many operators who are investing in their restaurants.


Take Action Now

The Association is pushing the Senate to pass this critical tax relief. Restaurant operators can help by using their voice to the Senate to pass new tax legislation benefiting restaurants.

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