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Lobbyists clamor for resolution

John Engler said business groups want Washington leaders to 'Do your job.' John Engler said business groups want Washington leaders to "Do your job."
Washington Post / July 13, 2011

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WASHINGTON - After weeks of remaining on the sidelines, the country’s most powerful business lobbying groups yesterday made their loudest call yet for the White House and Congress to come to an agreement on the debt ceiling and a plan for reducing the nation’s deficit.

While many groups have warned of dire consequences for the US economy if the debt limit is not raised, the business lobby had remained largely mute.

The letter from the US Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, and 500 senior executives marks an acknowledgment that the Aug. 2 deadline, when the government risks defaulting on its obligations, is getting too close for comfort for many businesses.

“The business community in large numbers is saying to our leaders in Washington, ‘Do your job,’ ’’ said John Engler, Business Roundtable president, adding that the uncertainty “is hampering our investment climate.’’

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