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The figures put a price tag on the potential personal costs of the partisan tax showdown.
Republicans want to renew all the tax cuts for one year to give the two sides time to negotiate permanent tax changes. President Obama and Democrats insist they will only extend the reductions for households earning below $250,000.
Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, has said if there is no deal by January, her party would be willing to let all the tax cuts expire to pressure Republicans to give ground.
The $1,600 average is for families earning $250,000 or less.
Lawmaker returns donations caught up in FBI probe
WADSWORTH — An Ohio congressman has returned $100,000 in campaign contributions amid an FBI inquiry into the source of the donations.
The FBI has previously questioned employees of Canton-based Suarez Corp. Industries about combined donations to freshman U.S. Rep. James Renacci and state treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel, both Republicans.
Mr. Renacci said in a statement Monday that he is returning 20 checks for $5,000 each.
Mr. Renacci faces a challenge from Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton, whose district was reconfigured as a result of redistricting.
Mr. Mandel returned $105,000 in questioned contributions in May.
The government had been seeking donor records for retail marketing executive Benjamin Suarez, his family members and employees to either the congressman or Mr. Mandel.
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