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February 14, 2012

White House turns to Twitter to amp up pressure on Congress

It's deja vu all over again. The White House is pressing Congress again to extend the payroll tax -- with President Obama again asking supporters to take to Twitter to express "what $40 means to you."

The White House last December invited Americans to Tweet or write in and tell them what they'd do with $40 -- the amount a weekly paycheck could increase if the tax break expires. Obama in a video today credits the move with making "all the difference" in December's debate -- which was resolved with an agreement to extend the tax break for a year. House Republicans yesterday said they'd support extending the provision -- but there's still disagreement over extending unemployment benefits.


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