With the government shutdown entering its 11th day, Starbucks is brewing up a petition movement aimed at jolting lawmakers into action.
The ubiquitous coffee retailer, which previously entered the political fray over gun rights, has posted a “Come Together Petition” that calls on leaders in Washington to do three things: “Reopen our government to serve the people,” “Pay our debts on time to avoid another financial crisis” and “Pass a bipartisan and comprehensive long-term budget deal by the end of the year.”
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President Obama and House GOP leaders signaled some progress in recent days on the first two, with long-shot hopes for the third or some kind of lasting fiscal reforms.
A Wall Street Journal op-ed by Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, called for entitlement reforms as a path forward, although it angered some conservatives who want to keep the focus on dismantling Obamacare.