The mayor of Binghamton texted Southern Tier Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) about his worries with the bill - worries that she shared. But it wasn’t until US Vice President Mike Pence called her Wednesday afternoon that Tenney finally decided to help pass it. The sticking point? The elimination of a state and local tax deduction - or SALT. The SALT deduction allows taxpayers to offset the burden of state and local taxes by deducting them on their federal return. It protects against “double taxation."