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Bernie Sanders Torches Pelosi, Schumer for Support of Blue-State Tax Break

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Posted: May 10, 2021 2:15 PM
Bernie Sanders Torches Pelosi, Schumer for Support of Blue-State Tax Break

Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had harsh words for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for their effort to reinstate the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction. The measure overwhelmingly benefits wealthy blue states, where both Pelosi and Schumer hail from, with respect to taxation.

Pelosi signaled previously that she would support lifting the SALT deduction cap after former President Trump implemented a $10,000 limit on the blue-state benefit. She called Trump’s move “devastating” to wealthy taxpayers in blue states, including her home state. Schumer also hinted at support for lifting the SALT cap.

"It sends a terrible, terrible message when you have Republicans telling us that this is a tax break for the rich...you can't be on the side of the wealthy and powerful if you're going to really fight for working families,” Sanders said of Democratic leadership's support of lifting the SALT cap. 

President Joe Biden did not include the proposal in the newly-rolled out "infrastructure" package, also known as the American Jobs Plan, but White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the administration would be open to working with congressional Democrats on reinstating the SALT deduction without a cap.