New York Republicans flex muscles against Johnson as speaker works to appease all corners of GOP

A group of freshmen Republicans in New York is taking advantage of the GOP’s slim majority to force Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) to further their priorities in exchange for support on crucial legislation.

The House Rules Committee on Thursday advanced a piece of legislation that would expand federal deductions for state and local taxes paid, otherwise known as SALT, after four New York Republicans threatened to tank a procedural vote on Tuesday to protest the provision not being included in the full tax bill.

The bill resulted from a series of negotiations with GOP leadership after the Empire State cohort threatened to stall House action altogether unless steps were taken to include SALT, a key policy that New York Republicans unsuccessfully fought to include in a broader tax bill. The group ultimately changed their votes to yes
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