Starbucks CEO Starts Petition Against Government Shutdown

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Starbucks called Thursday for leaders in Washington to resolve the ongoing fiscal crisis, announcing plans to offer a petition on the subject to customers at its thousands of locations across the U.S.

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In a letter posted on the Starbucks website, CEO Howard Schultz said Americans “have no platform with which to voice their frustration with Washington and the current stalemate that threatens our nation.”

The petition calls for lawmakers to “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.”

“Our leaders need to lead, and we need a better solution in Washington, D.C.,” Schultz said in a video posted on the Starbucks website.

Consumers also will be able to sign digitally beginning Friday at or “like” the petition’s Facebook post, which will count as a signature to the petition.

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