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The Capitol is seen at sunrise, in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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A Republican-aligned group is continuing its advocacy for tax reform. 

The American Action Network's Middle-Class Growth Initiative is investing $500,000 to support a two-week digital advertising campaign. The ads will appear on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other platforms in 42 congressional districts, including six in New York. 

The ad focuses on what Republicans believe is a major benefit of the party's proposed tax plan — that it will provide an average tax cut of $1,200 for middle-class families. 

"For too long, hardworking Americans have suffered under an outdated and unfair tax code. Families living paycheck to paycheck, working hard to get ahead, deserve some relief," said Corry Bliss, American Action Network's executive director.

"The tax reform framework released by the White House and congressional leaders is designed to lessen the burden on middle-class families. Now is the time for Congress to make meaningful tax reform a reality, allowing America's middle class to see more money in their paychecks and save for the future." 

The American Action Network's Middle-Class Growth Initiative has spent more than $10 million to build support for tax reform. The group has funded advertising on traditional platforms, including television ads that aired in New York congressional districts. 

The latest digital ads will target New York's 1st, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 24th and 27th districts. The districts are represented by U.S. Reps. Lee Zeldin, John Faso, Elise Stefanik, Claudia Tenney, John Katko and Chris Collins — all Republicans. 

Each of the New York Republicans has expressed support for some form of tax reform. Katko, R-Camillus, has said in interviews that reforming the tax code would benefit his constituents, especially small businesses in central New York. 

Congressional leaders are hoping to reach an agreement on tax reform by the end of the year. The legislation is a high priority for President Donald Trump, who called for tax reform on the campaign trail in 2016. 

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