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Sanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message'

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population Overnight Health Care: Medicaid enrollment reaches new high | White House gives allocation plan for 55M doses | Schumer backs dental, vision, hearing in Medicare Schumer backing plan to add dental, vision and hearing coverage to Medicare MORE (I-Vt.) said in an interview aired Sunday that removing the cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction “sends a terrible, terrible message.”

Axios reporter Jonathan Swan asked Sanders how he felt about removing the SALT deduction cap, which was put in place by former President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE.

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHeatwaves don't lie: Telling the truth about climate change Schumer backing plan to add dental, vision and hearing coverage to Medicare Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting MORE (D-N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit Maria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack MORE (D-Calif.) have put their support behind doing so. Swan noted that it is essentially “a tax break for rich people in blue states.”

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"It sends a terrible, terrible message when you have Republicans telling us that this is a tax break for the rich," Sanders said.

"In fairness to Schumer and Pelosi, it is hard when you have tiny margins, but you have got to make it clear which side you are on — and you can't be on the side of the wealthy and powerful if you're going to really fight for working families,” Sanders added.

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The cap put in place by Trump limits SALT deductions to $10,000. Lawmakers from high-tax, Democratic-leaning have condemned the cap and long called for it to be repealed.

Though repealing the cap was not included in President BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE's infrastructure plan, many prominent Democrats such as New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoFoo Fighters, Dave Chapelle cover 'Creep' at first MSG show since pandemic Katie Hill says 'it would take a lot' to convince her to run again for House New York City moving thousands of people from hotels back to shelters MORE and California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia debates extending eviction moratorium to pay off all past-due rent from pandemic 'Aggressive individual' arrested after interaction with Newsom California grid operator calls on residents to conserve electricity amid heat wave MORE have voiced their support for such an action.

“Like so many of President Trump’s efforts, capping SALT deductions was based on politics, not logic or good government,” a group of seven Democratic governors wrote in a letter to the White House. “This assault disproportionately targeted Democratic-run states, increasing taxes on hardworking families.”

Updated on May 10 at 6 a.m.