Bernie Sanders Flip-Flops on SALT Cap in Proposed Budget

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Posted by Jack Fencl on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021, 6:15 PM PERMALINK

Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders included $120 billion for raising the cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction in draft budget outline released Tuesday afternoon, a proposal which he previously opposed and labled as a "tax break for rich people in blue states."

In an interview with Axios last month, Sen. Bernie Sanders stated his opposition to efforts by congressional Democrats to repeal the state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap.

“It sends a terrible, terrible message,” Sanders said. “You can’t be on the side of the wealthy and powerful if you’re really going to fight for working families,” the self-proclaimed socialist continued.

Now, Sanders is singing a different tune. In a total flip-flop, Sanders now supports raising the SALT cap, according to a draft budget resolution outline obtained by Bloomberg comparing his proposals to those of President Biden. The plan allocates $120 billion for the SALT deduction and would overwhelmingly benefit wealthy residents living in blue states like California and New York. 

So much for fighting for working families. 

The SALT cap was first implemented as part of the 2017 Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which significantly reduced the tax burden for the vast majority of Americans.

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