Chief executives from top U.S. corporations, including Goldman Sachs <GS.N>, Deloitte LLP, and Caterpillar Inc <CAT.N>, will meet with President Barack Obama on Wednesday to discuss U.S. fiscal problems, the White House said.
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Obama's meeting with influential leaders from the corporate world is part of his push for Congress to extend tax cuts for middle income Americans, one flashpoint in a standoff with Congress over the "fiscal cliff" - a series of tax hikes and spending cuts that will go into effect next year if lawmakers and the president cannot come up with a deal to stop them.
Obama's outreach to the business community is meant to garner support for his positions. The leaders he will meet with on Wednesday include:
* Frank Blake, Chairman and CEO, Home Depot Inc <HD.N>
* Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs <GS.N>
* Joe Echevarria, CEO, Deloitte LLP
* Kenneth Frazier, CEO, Merck & Co <MRK.N>.
* Muhtar Kent, CEO, Coca-Cola Co <KO.N>
* Terry Lundgren, CEO, Macy's Inc <M.N>
* Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo Inc <YHOO.O>
* Doug Oberhelman, CEO, Caterpillar Inc <CAT.N>
* Ian Read, CEO, Pfizer Inc <PFE.N>
* Brian Roberts, CEO, Comcast Corp <CMCSA.O>
* Ed Rust, CEO, State Farm
* Arne Sorenson, CEO, Marriott International Inc <MAR.N>
* Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO, AT&T Inc <T.N>
* Patricia Woertz, CEO, Archer Daniels Midland Co <ADM.N>
Obama met with small business leaders on Tuesday and plans to visit a small business in Pennsylvania on Friday to showcase his proposals.