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“What I hope Congress hears,” Mr. Langstaff said, “is that … there are a lot of people in the business community who are actually taking a pragmatic, practical approach and not just standing behind pronouncements around ideology.

“I think that’s an important sign, and I hope Congress recognizes that creates for them space to get the deal done.”

Mr. Bush added that the country’s image abroad is at stake, as well as the impasse’s effect on the global economy.

“If we fail to come together as a country, the signal that sends about the capability of the United States of America to get its own house in order is a very negative signal,” he said. “And I think we all recognize that the global economy operates on a view of confidence. That will have a very negative impact on that confidence.”