Senate joins House in banning lobbyist-paid meals

WASHINGTON In a gut punch to restaurants here, the U.S. Senate has adopted a new code of ethics that forbids members from accepting free meals from lobbyists or their firms. The U.S. House of representatives had adopted an identical provision earlier in the current Congressional session.

The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington estimated last year that as many as 30 percent of fine-dining sales in the nation’s capital are generated by meals for

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