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Ocasio-Cortez says she disagrees with holding up infrastructure over SALT

Ocasio-Cortez says she disagrees with holding up infrastructure over SALT
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Israel launches heavy airstrikes on Gaza as pressure increases on US to help broker ceasefire Capitol riot fuels debate over domestic terror laws MORE (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that she disagrees with Democratic lawmakers who are demanding that infrastructure legislation include a repeal of the cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction.

"I don't think that we should be holding the infrastructure package hostage for a 100-percent full repeal on SALT, especially in the case of a full repeal," Ocasio-Cortez told reporters. "Personally, I can't stress how much that I believe that is a giveaway to the rich."

The prominent progressive lawmaker's comments come amid a growing push from lawmakers in high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey and California, to include repeal of the $10,000 cap of the SALT deduction in forthcoming legislation based on President BidenJoe Biden28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Franklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE's infrastructure proposal.

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The cap was put in place by former President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE's 2017 tax law.

Ocasio-Cortez was one of only two House Democrats from New York who didn't sign on to a letter this week that threatened opposition to tax legislation that didn't include SALT deduction cap repeal.

The lawmakers calling for repeal of the cap argue that more than just wealthy people are impacted by the $10,000 limit, since their districts have high costs of living.

Ocasio-Cortez said she thinks there's room to discuss making changes to the SALT deduction cap, but opposes full repeal of the limitation.

"There's a conversation to be had, I think, about the cap itself, and at what level it's appropriate, and where we can help families that are really deeply impacted," she said.

"On the other end of it, I don't believe that a full repeal is just," she added.