On Monday, the popular coffee shop chain offered its patrons and employees the chance to sign a petitions directed at politicians in the nation’s capital, asking them to resolve the standoff over funding bills and the debt ceiling that has shuttered the federal government for two weeks and threatens a historic U.S. default, Restaurant News notes.
The company says that it received more than one million signatures to the petition, which was available for signing online and at the chain’s 11,000 shops in the U.S.
Starbucks plans to deliver the petition to lawmakers in the nation’s capital on Wednesday. The government has been shut down since Oct. 1 after congressional Republicans and the White House could not resolve a dispute over bills needed to fund government operations.
In addition to ending the shutdown, the petition calls for a deal to enact a long-term budget agreement by the close of this year.
The petition was announced last week by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. The company placed ads containing the petitions in a number of major newspapers last week.
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