Congressman Mike Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, attempted to amend the COVID Relief bill that was passed over the weekend with SALT Fairness, which would have repealed the SALT deduction cap.
Garcia introduced the State and Local Tax (SALT) Fairness amendment to the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.
“One of my top priorities in Congress from day one has been to repeal the SALT deduction cap, which is why I have introduced an amendment to do just that,” Garcia, said. “Since the COVID-19 relief bill only puts nine percent towards actual relief, I thought this would be a chance to make this bill do what it should do, provide relief to Americans hurting as a result of COVID-19 and related lockdowns.”
The amendment would have provided tax relief to high income Californians and other Americans who are financially impacted because of taxes paired with the economic devastation caused by state-mandated lockdowns, according to Garcia’s office.
Specifically, the amendment would remove the State and Local Tax deduction cap of $10,000.
“The COVID-19 relief bill was created in a vacuum chamber of democrat ideals, with little input from House Republicans,” said Garcia, “A bill of such proportions should be thoughtfully drafted in a bipartisan manner, not behind closed doors. The democrats blocking my amendment, which would have achieved something that has bipartisan support, proves that this process has been entirely partisan.”
Currently, there is still over $1 trillion in unspent COVID-19 funds. This additional $1.9 trillion bill would expand the nation’s $27 trillion in debt, according to Garcia’s office.
“What Americans need and want is to receive the support and help they need to get through these hard times and reopen our nation again,” Garcia said. “Instead, Congress is pushing a partisan bill that only adds to our already $27 trillion in debt and funds things like the Silicon Valley Underground Transit Expansion. Not only does this bill fund partisan projects, but it would also do things like force billions in Medicare cuts. This bill is a slap in the face to the American people and Congress must do better. I am committed to working in a bipartisan way to work to meet the needs of the American people and help ensure people have the support they need – this bill was unfortunately not that.”
Garcia voted in support of the $2,000 stimulus checks in addition to voting to refill the Paycheck Protection program. Garcia has also introduced a bill, the Vaccinate More Americans Act, to help ensure that more vaccines are going to Americans in need rather than sitting in freezers.
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