Congress Taxes

Members of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee work to shape the GOP's far-reaching tax overhaul, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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The American Action Network, a Republican-aligned group that's been spending millions calling on Congress to pass tax reform legislation, is launching another multi-million dollar advertising campaign. 

The latest effort — a $3 million investment targeting more than 35 congressional districts across the country — stars Kendra, a Michigan woman who discusses how tax reform would benefit her and middle-class families. 

The districts where the ad is airing are home to Republican members of Congress. The commercial will run on TV stations in seven New York districts, most of which are in upstate New York. 

Among those targeted by the ad is U.S. Rep. John Katko, who is undecided on the current GOP tax reform bill released last week. 

Corry Bliss, executive director of the American Action Network, said the average family of four would receive a tax cut of $1,200 if the legislation is approved. 

"America's middle class deserves the peace of mind that comes with higher waves, higher take-home pay, more jobs and stronger economic growth," Bliss said. "It's time for Congress to support working families and keep working to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." 

With the $3 million ad campaign, American Action Network has now spent $18 million advocating for tax reform. The group has taken a different approach to its outside spending. Instead of targeting Democrats or opponents of the tax reform, they are investing in districts represented by Republicans who are more likely to support the bill. 

The existing tax reform proposal would reduce the number of income tax brackets, slash the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent, reduce taxes for some small businesses and eliminate the alternative minimum tax and estate tax. 

Supporters say the plan would spur economic growth and create jobs. But opponents believe it would have little or no benefit for the middle class and amount to a massive tax cut for the wealthiest Americans. 

The House is expected to consider the bill sometime in the next few weeks. GOP leaders had hoped to finalize a tax reform plan by the end of the year. 

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