Treasury Sec. to Hold 'Off-the-Record' Call Updating Business Leaders on Shutdown, Debt

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | October 3, 2013 | 2:16 PM EDT

Treasury Sec. Jack Lew will hold an "off-the-record" conference call with business leaders to provide them with an update on the government shutdown and debt limit showdown, a White House e-mail announced yesterday.

The e-mail, titled "Invitation to National Business Leader Call" invites business leaders to sign up, call, listen in, and ask questions of Lew and other administration officials - as long as they don't report it:

"We are writing to invite you to an off-the-record call for business leaders from around the country, tomorrow, October 3, at 5:00 p.m. ET with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and White House Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling.  They will provide an update on where things stand with respect to the shutdown and the debt limit, and we will set aside time for your questions."

The e-mail comes from White House Special Assistant to the President and Director of Private Sector Engagement Ari Matusiak.