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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz launches petition to reopen the government

Starbucks Budget Battle (FILE - In this March 20, 2013 file photo, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speaks at the company's annual s
Starbucks founder and CEO Howard Schultz is calling on business leaders and his employees and customers to help gather signatures for a petition that urges Congress to reopen the government, pay its debts on time and pass a long-term budget deal by the end of the year.

In an interview with Howard Fineman of the The Huffington Post, Schultz said Republicans are more to blame for the current stalemate between the two parties. 'The parties are unequal in how the problem has been created,' he told The Huffington Post, adding, 'but both are equally responsible for trying to come up with a solution.'

Earlier this week, Schultz pledged the coffee chain would give a free cup of coffee to any customer in the US who buys another person a beverage at Starbucks as a way of setting an example to elected officials of how people can come together. So, where'd the idea for the petition come from? Turns out it was inspired by discussions with people from both sides of the aisle.

The Huffington Post reports that Schultz 'decided to launch the petition drive after discussing the idea with one of President Barack Obama's top advisers, Valerie Jarrett, as well as with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.).' Schultz also told The Huffington Post that he talked with more than a dozen CEOs of 'Dow 30' companies and that they 'are 100 percent concerned and as outraged as I am.'

The petition can be signed in Starbucks stores around the country and online, or simply scroll down and sign the petition right here on this page. And how is the petition going so far?

'Hours into our effort, more than 1 million citizens have signed the Come Together petition online and in our stores,' Starbucks V.P. of global digital marketing said in an email to AOL.com. 'This early response reflects how much the petition is resonating with everyday Americans who want our leaders to act with civility and reach a compromise. We want to thank our partners, our customers and the other companies, like AOL and Caterpillar, who are joining us in this effort.'

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joandixon October 21 2013 at 11:03 AM

I think the actions of our government reprentatives requires action on the part if the voters. There are many things that shd be done - term limits, no more career politicians.

It's our job as voters to put new blood in Washington.

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jasonjcatt October 14 2013 at 8:53 PM

I find it interesting that so many respondents are unable to spell the simplest words.
It takes a lot a steam of of your message if you can't even spell what you want to say.

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Temekudude October 14 2013 at 1:20 AM

I haven't even noticed the shutdown...I guess I am independent and do not need the government to sustain me...oh my! What's wrong with me?
Howard- what's in it for you? Being one of the greediest men in the new industrial revolution I can't even imagine your "grave concern". Poor you.

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Rob October 13 2013 at 11:32 PM

I am a Republican moderate and am ashamed that the Republican party is being bullied by the right fringe, Ted Cruz, etc.
Stop the madness, Obama & Boehner and get the country on track again!

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hnystrompj October 13 2013 at 9:46 PM

Just STOP paying all the politicians till they come to their senses and compromise on a solution to keep the govt running. OR... lets fire all of them!!

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DAN October 13 2013 at 7:57 PM

come on congress join the real world!

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wyoung8000 October 13 2013 at 5:40 PM

I voted, but i did not vote for mr obama .And for this mess we have. thank every one that voted for mr oboma, and all the idiot senitors. who lick mr obamas boots. so we just set by and and let this go on. get some gonads lets stop mr obama .

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Temekudude October 14 2013 at 1:22 AM

Hooked on Phonics did NOT work for you....

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pipesmygam October 15 2013 at 2:37 PM

You are a A$$ TEMEKUDUDE Lmao

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pipesmygam October 13 2013 at 4:03 PM

The best thing that came out of the government shut down is the Snl clip . Lmao hold on still lmao what a joke our country looks like to the world who watched the show . There is always pork for a vote . They just want to pork each other for a vote and the speaker wants to be porked . Snl sould to a clip on pork and their vote

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pipesmygam October 13 2013 at 3:56 PM

They need Larry the cable guy in the house . GET HER DONE !!!!!!!! The people in all the houses are a joke to this country . Hold on we need the big from SNL.

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