Regarding the Nov. 5 Metro article “GOP tax changes could hit locals hard”:
Independent analyses of the House Republican tax legislation show that the bill would provide massive benefits for the wealthy and raise taxes for some low- and middle-income Americans. One of the ways to facilitate this cash transfer is the proposed capping of the mortgage-interest deduction on new homes at $500,000. That scheme doesn’t bother Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex.), the bill’s author, or House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). It is easy to purchase a home in their districts for less than $500,000. It should greatly concern Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) though, whose high-cost-of-living district has a median house value of nearly $500,000. Half of her district would be affected by this bad idea.
While other Republican representatives are actively opposing the bill because it negatively affects their constituents, Ms. Comstock is silent. She should begin representing the interests of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District instead of the whims of party leaders.
Andrew Seth, McLean