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What is Business Roundtable

Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.

We write as chief executive officers of major U.S. companies to urge you, our elected leaders, to enact legislation now that raises the debt limit and puts the United States on an immediate and real path toward fiscal responsibility. From our experience and with conviction we can tell you: inaction poses an unacceptable financial risk to the nation’s economic growth and job creation.

There is no doubt that failure to lift the debt limit to meet U.S. obligations will raise the costs of borrowing for our companies as well as the thousands of small business suppliers who are a driving force in the creation of new jobs. 

Effects of default will reverberate throughout the economy, throttling growth, discouraging hiring and casting serious doubt about any long-term recovery. The United States would become a less attractive place to invest and operate. Failure to act now will further exacerbate the difficulties in addressing the long-term issues of government size and spending. Not only will America’s creditworthiness suffer, so will America’s credibility.

We have been speaking with increasing urgency about the economic harm caused by the inability to predict what the federal government might do in terms of regulations, taxes, spending and borrowing. The current impasse only magnifies such uncertainty. Our elected leaders must come to an agreement that preserves America’s global reputation and economic vitality.

There is no more time for delay. Inaction has unacceptable consequences. We urge you in the strongest possible terms to enact legislation now that lifts the debt ceiling with a serious plan that puts America on a true path to a sound fiscal future.

Sincerely,

Ajay Banga 

President and Chief Executive Officer 

MasterCard Incorporated 

 

Angela F. Braly 

Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer 

WellPoint, Inc. 

 

Kenneth I. Chenault 

Chairman and CEO 

American Express Company 

 

David M. Cote 

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 

Honeywell International, Inc. 

 

Alexander M. Cutler 

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 

Eaton Corporation 

 

James Dimon 

Chairman & CEO 

JPMorgan Chase & Co. 

 

Michael T. Duke 

President & Chief Executive Officer 

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 

 

William D. Green 

Chairman 

Accenture plc 

 

Jeffrey R. Immelt 

Chairman & CEO 

General Electric Company 

 

Andrew N. Liveris 

Chairman & CEO 

The Dow Chemical Company 

 

Robert A. McDonald 

Chairman, President & CEO 

The Procter & Gamble Company 

 

W. James McNerney, Jr. 

Chairman, President and CEO 

The Boeing Company 

 

Michael G. Morris 

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 

American Electric Power Company, Inc. 

 

Antonio M. Perez 

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer 

Eastman Kodak Company 

 

Edward B. Rust, Jr. 

Chairman & CEO 

State Farm Insurance Companies 

 

Ivan G. Seidenberg 

Chairman & CEO 

Verizon Communications 

 

Randall L. Stephenson 

Chairman & CEO 

AT&T Inc. 

 

Rex W. Tillerson 

Chairman & CEO 

Exxon Mobil Corporation