Zeldin Met With Pence On Tuesday To Discuss Tax Reform Bill
U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin joined 19 of his fellow Republican colleagues and every Democrat in opposing a budget resolution that was approved by a slim margin in the U.S. House of Representatives last week, paving the way for tax reform legislation—and then met with Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday to underscore his objections to a section of the budget deal.
The measure was approved in the House last Thursday, October 26, by a vote of 216-212. Republican representatives from New York and New Jersey—including Mr. Zeldin—had voiced their opposition in the run-up to the vote, citing the proposed elimination of a federal tax deduction for local and state taxes, especially crucial to inhabitants of the two particularly highly taxed states.
Mr. Zeldin said on Monday that he had many conversations with President Donald Trump’s staff before the vote, but that there was “no arm twisting directly from the president.”
Mr. Zeldin met with Mr. Pence in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning to emphasize the importance of keeping the deduction in place for the financial well-being of New Yorkers.
“I am negotiating a better tax bill that will offer relief to the constituents of my home state,” the congressman said. He added that he is in support of keeping the entire deduction, although conversations over the next day or two will likely include discussion of a compromise in which there is a cap on the income level at which taxpayers can use the deduction.
According to his press secretary, Jennifer DiSiena, Mr. Zeldin and Mr. Pence met for 30 minutes, one on one, and discussed the importance of keeping the federal deduction, as well as the United States’s relationship with Israel.
Deliberations are expected to continue this week.