Rep. Kelly Discusses Tax Reform with Local Restaurant Owners in Erie

Sep 21, 2017 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Tax Reform

Rep. Kelly with local restaurant owners, including Brewerie owner Chris Sirianni (second from left), and John Longstreet of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association (far right)

ERIE, PA — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement today after participating in a roundtable meeting with local restaurant owners at The Brewerie at Union Station hosted by the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association and the National Restaurant Association.

Statement by Rep. Kelly:

“I was very pleased to join the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, the National Restaurant Association, and restaurant owners from throughout our district for a constructive conversation in Erie. I was able to hear directly from constituents about issues affecting their efforts to expand their businesses and create new jobs. The enactment of my Restaurant and Retail Jobs and Growth Act was a victory for these employers and all of their associates. Unsurprisingly, they all agreed that pro-growth tax relief that lowers rates and lets individuals keep more take-home pay will make their businesses even stronger. As the debate over tax reform continues, my focus will remain on doing what’s right for hardworking families and helping our local businesses grow and create opportunities in our community.”

John Longstreet, President & CEO, Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association:

“On behalf of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, we thank Congressman Kelly for speaking with local restaurateurs and hospitality business owners. Restaurant roundtables allow for direct dialogue with our congressional representatives on issues impacting our business operations on a daily basis.”

BACKGROUND: Rep. Kelly introduced the Restaurant and Retail Jobs and Growth Act (H.R. 765) on February 5, 2015. He authored a guest opinion piece for Roll Call on May 20, 2015, detailing the bipartisan bill’s benefits. The legislation was signed into law as part of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act (H.R. 2029) on December 17, 2015.

NOTE: Pennsylvania’s Third Congressional District is home to more than 1,200 eating and drinking establishments, employing 20,207 people throughout the District. 

Rep. Kelly talks to local restaurant owners about federal policies that impact their businesses