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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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vlwtkw October 11 2013 at 3:39 PM

you must b nuts

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lkemer October 11 2013 at 3:53 PM

Now if he can only get a petition signed to cut the pay of all congress men/women, for they are not worth 1/4 of what they earn. Then our country would truly be run by the people and for the people.

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FloorEyes October 11 2013 at 4:12 PM

the funny thisng is they still continue to get paid

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Nikki FloorEyes October 11 2013 at 4:20 PM

EXACTLY and are exempt from Obamacare

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staryblaze Nikki October 11 2013 at 4:37 PM

Before you start trashing Obamacare read up on what it really is. If someone is making 250k a year they are NOT exempt from the ACA (what you so lovingly call Obamacare). Congress, POTUS, Senate, no one is exempt, but they can afford their health insurance. Lets say Cruz decided he could heal himself with rocks and sand from the beach and decided to no longer have health insurance for his family, then he would face the fine just like anyone else would. There are ways to be exempt such as religious beliefs, or Native American affiliation, the Amish are also exempt but they too are exempt from other laws in this country. ACA makes it increasingly easier for people below the poverty line to get health insurance at a reasonable rate, or to receive Medicaid. It also does away with pre-existing conditions, gender and age bias.

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packplayer October 11 2013 at 4:22 PM

I dont really care if the goverment reopens or not. MY opinion doesnt count, no one in congress really gives a crap about us, All they are interested in is protecting their special interests and making sure they stay in office long enough to get their pensions.
It is an absolute embarassment what Congress and the President has done to this country.
It is pretty simple folks.
FIRST ALL OF YOU STOP ACTING LIKE KIDS IN A SCHOOLYARD HAVING A FIGHT.
PUT ON YOUR BIG BOY PANTS AND DO THE TOUGH THINGS YOU WERE HIRED TO DO
BALANCE THE BUDGET AT ALL COSTS
ELIMINATE LOBBYING
ELIMINATE SPECIAL INTEREST INFLUENCE
GIVE THE PRESIDENT LINE ITEM VETO
LOWER TAXES
LOWER THE COST OF FUEL
PASS ONE BILL AT A TIME FOR ONE ITEM, NO HIDDEN ATTACHMENTS
FINISH THE DEBATE ON NATIONAL HEALTH CARE
TERM LIMITS FOR ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
ONE TERM FOR THE PRESIDENT 6 YEARS
RETURN POWER TO THE STATES .

No of any importance is going to read this, who the hell cares about common sense any more.
REDUCE FEDERAL GOVERMENT INTERFERENCE IN OUR LIVES.

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tpdittman October 11 2013 at 4:37 PM

Stick to selling overpriced coffee and don't be a shill for the Obama administration.

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Frank tpdittman October 11 2013 at 4:42 PM

Only the Koch brs can have a voice right?

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yuccapucka October 11 2013 at 4:47 PM

Shutting down our government is somewhat like shutting down a jet airliner in mid-flight. It just spins out of control, and then screws into the ground. Both sides are playing chicken! Perhaps they need some coffee make them think better?

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papanord1 October 11 2013 at 4:50 PM

I think all the idiots that we call senators & congressmen as well as the president should be the ones sent home without any pay for causing this embarresing situation that is going on right now.

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krojak papanord1 October 11 2013 at 5:04 PM

say no more... at least someone who has a brain who posts something! HATS OFF TO YOU

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roncat1948 October 11 2013 at 4:55 PM

As an Independent I can certainly say I' m sick and tired of the constant stone walling being done in Congress. I won't say what party I will be voting for, but, I will tell you I will NOT be voting Republican!

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roncat1948 October 11 2013 at 4:59 PM

The real petition that the entire country should be petition voting is that ALL Congress persons and Senators should have to enroll in same exact healthcare as everyone else. The syy high perks for these people need to be realistic - which the are not!!!!!!!!!

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putsncalls714 roncat1948 October 11 2013 at 5:06 PM

because the program is such crap they don't even want to be in it , funny all the unions who voted for Obama have asked for waivers to not join doesn't tell everyone the truth, you cannot make a dollar and keep spending 2 we have to cut spending

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xpoan October 11 2013 at 5:13 PM

Shultze needs a STARBUCKS COFFEE ENEMA to wash out the BS.

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