Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

House Passes U.S. Rep. McSally Bill to Protect Seniors

September 20, 2016

McSally gets GV man's bill through House
Green Valley News
Dan Shearer
September 13, 2016

Loren Thorson would be happy.

The U.S. House on Tuesday passed legislation by Rep. Martha McSally that the Green Valley resident had been lobbying for since 2010.

HR 3590 — McSally's Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Act — passed, 261-147, with the support of more than 20 Democrats.

Thorson, who died March 8, pushed to repeal 19 words in the Affordable Care Act that raise the threshold on withholding to 10 percent of adjusted gross income before taxpayers could deduct medical expenses. That number is currently 7.5 percent and will go up Jan. 1 if the Senate doesn't act on the legislation. It already was raised to 10 percent in 2013 for those under age 65; McSally's legislation would roll that back.

Thorson started pushing for legislation after hearing a news report about the little-known change in the ACA. U.S. Reps. Gabrielle Giffords and Ron Barber, both Democrats, supported his efforts, but it was McSally, a Republican, who got it through the GOP-controlled House.

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