Nearly 500 restaurateurs and association officials stormed Capitol Hill recently, in an effort to persuade lawmakers that the economy and unfavorable government policies were delivering a powerful one-two punch to the industry’s ability to create jobs.
 Attendees from 44 states participating in the National Restaurant Association’s 25th annual Public Affairs Conference lobbied scores of congressmen and senators on the impact of such far-reaching issues as health-care and debit ...

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