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

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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMarjorie Taylor Greene wants to debate Green New Deal with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez NY Democratic chair blasts primary challenge against Maloney What will we get for a multitrillion-dollar energy policy? 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 BidenHouse panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations Democrats to offer bill to expand Supreme Court Former Israeli prime minister advises Iran to ‘cool down’ amid nuclear threats MORE‘s infrastructure proposal.

The cap was put in place by former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities’ sustainability efforts 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.