Obama plans to sit down with a dozen chief executives to hear their ideas about how the nation can avoid the tax increases and program cutbacks known as the fiscal cliff.
Many business leaders were also appalled by last summer’s brinkmanship over the debt ceiling, although they largely refrained from criticizing congressional Republicans.
A senior financial industry lobbyist suggested that this year’s fiscal confrontation might play out in a similar way — and that despite the fiscal cliff’s threat to the economy, business groups are unlikely to lean heavily on GOP lawmakers to accede to Obama.
“It’d be a tough position to put ourselves in,” the lobbyist said. “They’ve been helpful.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.