Donohue Says Short Government Shutdown Won’t Harm Economy

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue said a brief federal government shutdown wouldn’t undercut the U.S. economy.

Donohue said a greater risk to the economy will be if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling, and the group, the largest business lobbying group in Washington, would press lawmakers to act. Donohue, who faulted President Barack Obama during the first two years of his administration, said that the burdens of office are changing him.

“We appreciate some of the things the president has done to change his song,” Donohue said today in Washington at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “I think what we’re having is a maturing of the president. I think he is accommodating himself to the most challenging job in the world.”

Donohue said Republican lawmakers would eventually support any deal House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, makes with Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, on budgeting to avert or end a government shutdown.

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