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Businesses Often Opposed to Government Beg for Its Return

It seems for U.S. businesses, the only thing worse than too much government is no government at all.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent $35.7 million during the 2012 campaign, primarily in support of Republicans, deployed its army of lobbyists to encourage an end to the first partial government shutdown in 17 years. Across town, top Wall Street executives gathered at the White House and warned of the consequences if no resolution was found to the next crisis, a potential default on federal debt.