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Congressional Democrats are planning to introduce legislation that seeks to expand the number of Supreme Court justices from nine to 13.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was asked at her weekly press conference if she supports the bill and intends to bring it to the floor and responded:
“No. I support the president’s commission to study such a proposal… I don’t know that that’s a good idea or a bad idea. I think it’s an idea that should be considered, and I think the president is taking the right approach to have a commission to study such a thing. It’s a big step."
Regardless of what happens in the House, it’s doubtful the bill could advance in the Senate because it would be subject to the legislative filibuster, which requires 60 votes to limit debate and allow a passage vote.
A group of House lawmakers who support the repeal of the cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction announced the creation of the SALT Caucus on Thursday.
The SALT Caucus has 32 founding members, including 24 Democrats and eight Republicans.
Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act took effect with the 2018 tax year, federal tax revenue foregone due to the SALT deduction has decreased. This USAFacts chart shows how the foregone SALT revenue went from a high of $104 billion in 2017 to $37 billion in 2018 and $10 billion in 2019:
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