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Senator Patty Murray pushes for tax cut extension

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Senator Patty Murray stopped in the Tri-Cities Wednesday morning to drum up support for legislation just passed by the senate that would extend some of the bush tax cuts.

Senator Murray visited the Adventures Underground book and music store at Richland's Uptown center. She spoke with the store's owners and other business and labor leaders about how they would benefit from the senate bill.

"All small businesses I know understand they can earn less than $250,000 a year and that their tax cuts do need to be extended just like the senate bills already done," explains Senator Murray.

Business owners like Amanda Divine say a tax cut extension would benefit the business she co-owns with her husband, "between my husband and me, I think we got 3 paychecks right now held that we can't deposit because we would have other expenses and things."

Under the senate version of the bill, the tax cuts would be extended through 2013.

Right now, the bill is in the Republican controlled house, where it's not expected to pass. The current tax cuts expire at the end of the year.