Obama calls business leaders, governors about debt ceiling, shutdown


WASHINGTON, Oct 11 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama spokeby phone to a group of about 150 leaders of major businesses onFriday afternoon to give them an update on talks with Congresson lifting the debt ceiling ahead of a default deadline nextweek, the White House said.

"The president reiterated that his first order of businessis to urge Congress to reopen the government and remove thethreat of default, and then he is willing to engage withCongress on a long-term budget," the White House said.

Obama also spoke with a group of 25 state governors aboutthe government shutdown, now in its 11th day, and its impact onstate budgets and the economy.

"He argued that the prolonged shutdown is having adverseconsequences on consumer confidence and businesses, and ishurting local economies across the country that rely on tourismat national parks and monuments," the White House said.

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