Obama urges public to pressure Congress on tax cuts

The White House says the average family would lose about $40 per paycheck if the cuts are not renewed.

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    Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., center, joins Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., following a Democratic strategy session to talk to reporters about the impasse among the payroll tax conferees, at the Capitol in Washington, on Feb. 7.
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President Barack Obama is turning to the American people for help in pushing Congress to extend a payroll tax cut due to expire at the end of February.

The White House says the average family would lose about $40 per paycheck if the cuts are not renewed. Obama will make a statement Tuesday in an appearance at the White House Tuesday with people who wrote in on social media sites about what $40 means to them.

The White House held a similar event in December as Congress struggled to prevent the cuts from expiring. Lawmakers eventually reached a short-term deal to extend the tax cuts for two months.

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Negotiations on another extension have faltered, though House Republicans say they are willing to extend cutsthrough the end of the year.

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