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- ICI Comment Letters
August 1, 2011
The Honorable Harry Reid
522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-2803
The Honorable Mitch McConnell
317 Russell Senate Office Building
District of Columbia 20510-1702
The Honorable John Boehner
1011 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-3508
The Honorable Eric Cantor
303 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4607
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
235 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-0508
Dear Joint Congressional Leadership:
We thank the Members of Congress for their efforts which led to the bipartisan agreement on the deficit reduction/debt limit increase proposal and we commend both the House and the Senate for continuing congressional bipartisanship and compromise.
This agreement will help to strengthen our Nation’s economy and provide the first steps toward a sustainable fiscal future. It is critical to enact this agreement now to ensure that the United States meets all of its financial obligations. Failure to take action will have grave consequences for American consumers, businesses and our economy.
A default on our Nation’s existing obligations would have far-reaching negative implications for the economy as a whole. While raising the debt limit may seem out of sync with fiscal restraint, failing to do so and not meeting our prior commitments will actually result in more government spending.
We believe that this agreement will restore market confidence while putting ourselves on a path toward long-lasting fiscal sustainability.
We urge you to support this legislation.
American Bankers Association
American Council of Life Insurers
American Insurance Association
The Clearing House Association L.L.C.
Consumer Bankers Association
Financial Services Forum
Financial Services Roundtable
Investment Company Institute
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association