R44601 – House and Senate Restaurants: Current Operations and Issues for Congress – 2016-08-23

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House and Senate Restaurants: Current Operations and Issues for Congress

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Author: Sarah J. Eckman, Analyst in American National Government
Pages: 18

On a daily basis, the restaurants, cafeterias, and carry-out facilities operated by the House of Representatives and the Senate serve Members of Congress, congressional employees, constituents, and other visitors to the Capitol, House office buildings, and Senate office buildings. The House and Senate restaurant systems have existed since the early 1800s and have grown and modernized over time.1 Although many of their services may seem similar, food operations are separately administered and managed for the House, for the Senate, and for the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC). By meeting congressional dining needs during workdays that frequently can be unpredictable, the restaurant systems help facilitate the legislative and representational work of Congress. Because many Members and staff visit these restaurants every day, they remain a subject of ongoing congressional interest. Bills: H.R. 10723, H.R. 13763, H.R. 13066, H.R. 3993, H.R. 16915