BLANKFEIN STATEMENT ON CEO MEETING WITH OBAMA

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        CONTACT: 
October 2, 2013                                                                  
Laena Fallon, (202) 457-8783 
FORUM STATEMENT ON WHITE HOUSE MEETING, DEBT LIMIT 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lloyd Blankfein, Financial Services Forum Chairman, today 
issued the following statement after a meeting between Forum CEOs and President 
Barack Obama: 
“We appreciated the opportunity to meet with President Obama, members of his 
administration, and senior Congressional leaders of both parties during our 
fall meeting.  At the White House, our non-partisan group of CEOs discussed a 
wide range of issues including fiscal challenges facing our nation, the 
still-fragile economic recovery, tax policy, and the need to accelerate 
economic growth and job creation.   
“The CEOs emphasized the critical importance of reaching agreement on a budget 
to fund the government, ensuring our country is on a sustainable path over the 
longer term, and acting to maintain the full faith and credit of the United 
States.  While the current government shutdown is unfortunate, the impacts of a 
debt default would be magnitudes worse and should not even be considered a 
viable option.  The economic damage associated with default or near-default 
would be severe and have serious consequences for the recovery of the U.S. and 
global economy.” 
The Financial Services Forum is a non-partisan financial and economic policy 
organization comprising the CEOs of 19 of the largest and most diversified 
financial services institutions doing business in the United States. The 
purpose of the Forum is to pursue policies that encourage savings and 
investment, promote an open and competitive global marketplace, and ensure the 
opportunity of people everywhere to participate fully and productively in the 
21st-century global economy. 
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