John Katko

U.S. Rep. John Katko.

Robert Harding, The Citizen

With the House of Representatives expected to vote this week on legislation to reform the tax code, a Republican-aligned group is targeting GOP members in five states that are most affected by the the potential elimination of the state and local tax deduction. 

The American Action Network unveiled a $1.5 million television advertising campaign touting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the tax reform legislation backed by GOP leaders. A version of the ad will air in seven New York districts represented by Republicans, according to the group. 

The targeted members are: U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (1st Congressional District); U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan (11th Congressional District); U.S. Rep. John Faso (19th Congressional District); U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (21st Congressional District); U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney (22nd Congressional District); U.S. Rep. John Katko (24th Congressional District); and U.S. Rep. Chris Collins (27th Congressional District). 

The initial draft of the tax bill included a provision that would eliminate the ability to deduct state and local income, property and sales taxes. Republicans from high-tax states, such as New York, expressed concern about ending state and local tax deductibility. 

In an updated version of the bill, the deduction would remain for property taxes up to $10,000. But it won't be restored for state and local income and sales taxes. 

Whether that compromise is enough to secure votes from Republicans in New York and other crucial states is unknown. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady believes there are enough votes to pass the tax reform measure. 

Corry Bliss, executive director of the American Action Network, said the bill will lead to more jobs and savings for taxpayers. 

"Members of Congress must deliver on their promise to cut taxes for America's middle class, and make meaningful, pro-growth tax reform a reality," he said. 

The Republican-aligned group has spent $22 million to advocate for passage of tax reform legislation in Congress. New York members have been targeted by nearly all of the organization's campaigns. 

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