- As Democrats debate Build Back Better, the plan may still include changes to the $10,000 limit on the federal deduction for state and local taxes, known as SALT, despite reports the measure may be out.
- Although Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tweeted the provision is "no longer in play," it's unclear whether the bill has full Democratic support without SALT relief.
As Democrats debate Build Back Better, the social and climate spending plan may still include changes to the $10,000 limit on the federal deduction for state and local taxes, known as SALT, despite reports the measure may be out.
"I'm glad to hear that the SALT provisions are no longer in play for Build Back Better," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in a tweet. "Democrats need to focus on the struggling working class, not giving more tax breaks to the wealthy."
However, it's unclear whether a bill without SALT changes has support from all Democratic senators. And the measure is a key issue for some House Democrats who threatened to block the bill without SALT relief.
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"SALT remains a top priority," said Reps. Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y.; Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J.; and Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., in a joint statement.
"We support the president's agenda, and if there are any efforts that include a change in the tax code, then a SALT fix must be part of it. No SALT, no deal," they said.
House Democrats in November passed a spending package boosting the SALT cap to $80,000 from 2021 through 2030 before reinstating the $10,000 limit in 2031. However, the bill stalled in December after moderate Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. said he wouldn't vote for it.