The Financial Services Roundtable is asking President Barack Obama and lawmakers to focus on averting the "fiscal cliff" and leave the details of reducing the federal deficit till early next year. "We urge you to bridge over the fiscal cliff and to do so as soon as possible," Roundtable President and CEO Tim Pawlenty wrote. "The economy needs stability, predictability, and certainty. Short-term economic output would be greater and unemployment lower in 2013 if the fiscal cliff is addressed."

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