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NRA vice-chair Conrad addresses Congressional gridlock in ‘Hill’ op-ed

National Restaurant Association Vice Chairman Ken Conrad told Congress that after watching lawmakers “haggle, posture and play an ugly round of blame game across the aisle” last month before agreeing to end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit, it is time for legislators and the White House to work together to solve the country’s fiscal problems.

In an op-ed appearing in a recent edition of the Capitol Hill newspaper “The Hill”, Conrad wrote: “Businesses around the country suffered mightily during the recent government shutdown, as small business loans and financing were threatened, jobs were lost and consumer confidence once again began to decline.”

Last month’s deal to raise the debt limit and reopen the federal government appears to be just a temporary fix, Conrad said. ““The fact is we all could end up back in the same place in January.”

Conrad, chairman of Libby Hill Seafood Restaurants Inc. in Greensboro, N.C., said budget battles not only hurt small business owners, but can undermine Americans’ confidence in lawmakers and economy.

“It is no secret that the ongoing battle to break the gridlock dampened our economic confidence and that small business owners, who struggle to turn a profit every day, were the ones that most felt its fallout,” Conrad wrote.

It’s “time for Congress to get its act together and come up with a long-term solution that benefits all of us,” he said.

The recent threat of debt default may have ended, but another looms in the near future, Conrad warned. He urged both political parties and chambers of Congress to work together to “remove any threat to the full faith and credit of the United States government.

“It should be clear to everyone; the time for games is over.”

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