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Cut spending, raise taxes, CEOs tell Congress

Marc Casper of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (left) and Brian T. Moynihan of Bank of America Corp. were among the executives urging action on the deficit.

Marc Casper of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (left) and Brian T. Moynihan of Bank of America Corp. were among the executives urging action on the deficit.

Chief executives from some of the nation’s biggest companies are urging Congress to forge a bipartisan deal to ­address the national debt by raising taxes and cutting spending.

The group, organized by the Campaign to Fix the Debt,­involves more than 100 ­business leaders who support pro-growth tax reform to ­reduce the deficit.

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Among local executives who are urging Congress to act are Bank of America Corp. chief ­executive Brian T. Moynihan; Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. chief executive Marc Casper; Frederick Maynard, managing director of Boston investment firm HarbourVest Partners; and Scott Donnelly, chief executive of Textron Inc. in Providence.

Some of these leaders gathered at the New York Stock Exchange Thursday morning to ring the opening bell to demonstrate their support for the issue.

“The only way you solve this thing is with tax increases and spending cuts. You have to do both. And anybody who ever says no, you can just grow your way out of this, just raise the top two brackets, just cut spending — it’s baloney,” said Honeywell chairman and chief executive Dave Cote, who is a member of the campaign’s steering committee, in a prepared video.

The executives have been organized by Campaign to Fix the Debt, founded by former US Senator Al Simpson and former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles.

The Simpson-Bowles commission recommended trimming the federal deficit through spending cuts, tax increases, and benefit reductions in entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

The country faces a so-called fiscal cliff of automatic spending cuts and tax increases if Congress does not agree by Dec. 31 on measures to lower the national debt by $1.2 trillion and extend the Bush-era tax cuts.

Beth Healy can be reached at bhealy@globe.com.
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