Bloomberg Anywhere Login


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

After Funding Republicans, U.S. Chamber Urges Debt Limit Deal

July 29 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent $29 million last year primarily in support of Republican congressional candidates, is intensifying its push for Congress to raise the debt limit.

A statement issued today by the chamber’s chief economist, Martin Regalia, said that “a small negative impact resulting from failure to increase the debt ceiling and defaulting on our obligations could turn the economy back into a recession.”

The chamber, the largest U.S. business federation, also set up a link on its home page for visitors to send e-mails to members of Congress under the subject line, “Default is not an option.”

The actions come as a potential U.S. default looms if the borrowing limit is not raised by Aug. 2, according to the Treasury Department.

The chamber’s position puts it at odds with some House Republicans, who oppose current plans to raise the debt limit even with spending cuts that would exceed the increase.

FreedomWorks, a Tea Party-aligned group led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, a Texas Republican, today urged House members to vote against a proposal by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio that would increase the debt limit in two stages, the second contingent on congressional approval of a balanced budget amendment.

Last week, in the chamber’s blog, chief lobbyist Bruce Josten urged business leaders to contact their lawmakers and “tell them that default is unacceptable.”

“Now, make no mistake; too much spending and the need for real entitlement reform has led to the debt crisis we’re in today,” Josten wrote. “But jeopardizing our country’s credit rating and fiscal security by refusing to compromise isn’t the answer.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan D. Salant in Washington at;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.