Never Mind Raising the SALT Deduction Limit Will Go Nowhere in the Senate
In a Roll Call article published Wednesday evening, House Democrats are preparing legislation incorporating components of the Lauren Underwood/Sean Casten H.R. 1757 legislation to temporarily raise the state and local taxes (SALT) deduction limit by the end of the year.
The final House legislation has yet to be published.
According to Roll Call, the “marriage penalty” of SALT deduction limits will be eliminated, per H.R. 1757.
The actual amount of the temporary raise in the SALT deduction limit will likely be different than the Underwood/Casten legislation. But it will incorporate keeping a SALT deduction cap in order to not be a change to benefit the wealthy.
The House calendar says the last day to consider legislation in 2019 is December 20, and Democrats know this legislation is competing with a vote on Articles of Impeachment and averting a government shutdown with the current Continuing Resolution set to expire on the 21st.
Given this House vote will be used to bolster Underwood’s and Casten’s reelection prospects, the Republican candidates who want to challenge them next year will need to weigh-in on this legislation and if they would support it or oppose it.
Only 6th district candidate Jeanne Ives has stated a position on SALT deduction limits, telling Crain’s Chicago Business on October 8 she is in favor of raising them, though she did not give any specifics.
Where her opponent Dr. Jay Kinzler or the 14th district Republican candidates stand on SALT deduction limits is unknown.
Hopefully, with the House poised to pass legislation by the end of the year, the Republicans will discuss the legislation and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 fully for the primary campaign.
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