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NY House Democrats demand repeal of SALT cap

NY House Democrats demand repeal of SALT cap
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House Democrats from New York on Tuesday escalated their push for the repeal of the cap on the state and local tax deduction, threatening to oppose future tax legislation that doesn't fully undo the $10,000 limit.

"As members of the New York Congressional Delegation, we urge you to insist on full repeal of the limitation on the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction passed by Congress in 2017 and signed into law by former President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks Pelosi mocks House GOP looking for 'non-threatening female' to replace Liz Cheney Caitlyn Jenner: California needs a 'thoughtful disruptor' MORE (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Trump moves to his own blog as Facebook ban remains in place Hoyer: GOP lawmakers mad at Cheney because she 'believes in the truth' Five takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks MORE (D-Md.). "This issue is so critical to our state and our constituents that we will reserve the right to oppose any tax legislation that does not include a full repeal of the SALT limitation."

Every Democrat in New York's House delegation signed the letter except Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy: Update on Biden administration conservation goals | GOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices | Push for nationwide electric vehicle charging stations The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won Ocasio-Cortez, Levin introduce revised bill to provide nationwide electric vehicle charging network MORE and Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceHouse GOP campaign arm adds to target list Lawmakers brace for bitter fight over Biden tax plan NY House Democrats demand repeal of SALT cap MORE.

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Republicans created the limit on the SALT deduction in their 2017 tax cut law in an effort to help raise revenue to offset the cost of other provisions in the measure. The cap has been opposed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey and California.

The New York lawmakers said in their letter Tuesday that repealing the limit on the deduction would help the state's economy rebound from the coronavirus-related downturn.

"Restoring the SALT deduction would ensure that the state is able to recover as quickly as possible without sacrificing the benefits on which our residents rely," the lawmakers wrote.

The letter comes after President BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Argentina launches 'Green Mondays' campaign to cut greenhouse gases On The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike MORE recently proposed a $2.25 trillion infrastructure package that would be paid for by corporate tax increases. Several New York and New Jersey Democrats had already said prior to the release of the letter that they would not support an infrastructure proposal unless the SALT deduction cap was addressed.

Democrats from high-tax states have leverage in negotiations over infrastructure legislation since the House has only a narrow Democratic majority and Republicans are expected to oppose Biden's package.

But it could be challenging to include a repeal of the SALT deduction cap in an infrastructure bill because doing so would increase the price tag of the package. Additionally, economic policy experts across the ideological spectrum have estimated that repealing the cap would primarily benefit high-income taxpayers.