The CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Uber and General Motors all signed the letter. Photos: Getty Images

In a letter to congressional leadership, 115 CEOs and business leaders — including Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, Meg Whitman, Mary Barra, Stephen Schwarzman and Dara Khosrowshahi — urged lawmakers to pass legislation to protect Dreamers by January 19th, the government's spending deadline.

"The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country," they wrote.

The backdrop: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that any DACA deal would be separate from efforts to fund the government. And President Trump said Wednesday that he won't sign a DACA bill that does not include funding for a border wall — a deal-breaker for many Democrats.

The timing of the letter and sheer number of major business leaders signing onto it are both important, as budget and DACA negotiations are coming down to the most critical moments, Axios' Mike Allen notes. He reports that the letter will run as a full-page ad in major newspapers.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 a.m. ET: 30,199,007 — Total deaths: 946,490— Total recoveries: 20,544, 967Map
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 a.m. ET: 6,675,593 — Total deaths: 197,644 — Total recoveries: 2,540,334 — Total tests: 90,710,730Map
  3. Politics: Former Pence aide says she plans to vote for Joe Biden, accusing Trump of costing lives in his coronavirus response.
  4. Health: Pew: 49% of Americans wouldn't get COVID-19 vaccine if available today Pandemic may cause cancer uptick The risks of moving too fast on a vaccine — COVID-19 racial disparities extend to health coverage losses.
  5. Business: Retail sales return to pre-coronavirus trend.
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Scoop: Mike Bloomberg's anti-chaos theory

CNN's Anderson Cooper questions Joe Biden last night at a drive-in town hall in Moosic, Pa., outside Scranton. Photo: CNN

Mike Bloomberg's $100 million Florida blitz begins today and will continue "wall to wall" in all 10 TV markets through Election Day, advisers tell me.

Why it matters: Bloomberg thinks that Joe Biden putting away Florida is the most feasible way to head off the national chaos we could have if the outcome of Trump v. Biden remained uncertain long after Election Day.

Biden's hardline Russia reset

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When he talks about Russia, Joe Biden has sounded like Ronald Reagan all summer, setting up a potential Day 1 confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin if Biden were to win.

Why it matters: Biden has promised a forceful response against Russia for both election interference and alleged bounty payments to target American troops in Afghanistan. But being tougher than President Trump could be the easy part. The risk is overdoing it and making diplomacy impossible.