More than five dozen House members are pressing leaders of a tax panel to preserve a deduction for state and local sales taxes.

The bipartisan group of lawmakers say it would be unfair to voters in their states not to extend the sales tax deduction, given that taxpayers would still be able to deduct state and local income taxes.

“If the deduction is not extended, millions of taxpayers living in states without an income tax will shoulder a larger share of the federal tax burden since they cannot claim the deduction for state income taxes,” the lawmakers wrote to the top Democrat and Republican on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.