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

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Zombie Tax punishes farmers to fill DC coffers Progressives threaten to block bipartisan infrastructure proposal 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 TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE.

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve GOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' How Biden can get the infrastructure bill through Congress MORE (D-N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrat says he won't introduce resolution to censure Greene after her apology Democrats weigh next steps on Jan. 6 probe 21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol on Jan. 6 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 Lawmakers from high-tax, Democratic-leaning have condemned the cap and long called for it to be repealed.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 BidenMellman: Trump voters cling to 2020 tale FDA authorizes another batch of J&J vaccine Cotton warns of China collecting athletes' DNA at 2022 Olympics MORE's infrastructure plan, many prominent Democrats such as New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoPuerto Rico's former governor stages a comeback New York hits 70 percent vaccination goal, lifts COVID-19 restrictions Hundreds of people given expired vaccine doses in Times Square MORE and California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomBeyond California, a record year for recalls Texas governor signs bill to allow college athletes to profit off name and likeness The Hill's Morning Report - Biden on Putin: 'a worthy adversary' 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.