On Wednesday, Starbucks publicized a letter from CEO Howard Schultz to employees about the Come Together effort.
"In the spirit of the Holiday season and the Starbucks tradition of bringing people together, we have a unique opportunity to unite and take action on an incredibly important topic," Schultz wrote in the letter. "Rather than be bystanders, we have an opportunity — and I believe a responsibility — to use our company’s scale for good by sending a respectful and optimistic message to our elected officials to come together and reach common ground on this important issue."
President Obama and Congress are scrambling to make a deal before the end of the year. The president met with the top two Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate on Friday. After the meeting Obama and the legislators separately expressed optimism that a deal could still be made.
The House and Senate are set to convene on Sunday in case Republicans and Democrats agree on a bill and need to move swiftly to pass it through both chambers.