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‘Mr. SALT’ and N.J. Ally Fight Ocasio-Cortez to Revive Tax Break

Aug. 10, 2021, 6:00 AM

A major push by a group of U.S. lawmakers to secure an expansion of the federal deduction for state and local taxes -- which on Monday won inclusion in a critical budget plan -- owes much to a pair of onetime roommates in the nation’s capital.

One, Tom Suozzi, has the nickname “Mr. SALT,” and the other, Josh Gottheimer, is co-chief of a sometime influential bipartisan House group known as the Problem Solvers.

Together, they’ve helped to gather a caucus of 33 representatives battling to remove or raise the $10,000 cap on SALT deductions imposed in the 2017 ...

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