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Rep: Donovan: Congress Should Pass Caregiver Legislation

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By Wanda Carruthers   |   Sunday, 16 Jul 2017 04:21 PM

Amid the bills before Congress, Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., is trying to draw attention to the Credit for Caring Act, urging fellow lawmakers to pass the legislation now rather than wait for a comprehensive tax reform package, PJMedia reported Sunday.

The legislation would amend the IRS tax code to "allow an eligible caregiver a new tax credit for 30 percent of the cost of long-term care expenses that exceed $2,000, up to $3,000 in a taxable year," according to the Congressional Research Service summary.

The bill defines an "eligible caregiver" as "an individual who pays or incurs expenses for providing care to a spouse or other dependent relative with long-term care needs and who has earned income for the taxable year in excess of $7,500."

Donovan said helping caregivers should not be seen as a partisan issue.

"This is just too important to people. I tell my colleagues who may not be as passionate as we all are about this subject, you go to tell AARP you are not for this thing and see what happens to you. Listen, when we were looking for Osama bin Laden, I said just wait until he turns 50. AARP will find him," Donovan said Thursday during a panel discussion sponsored by The Hill.

Fellow panelist Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said she supported the bill because it would help "protect the most vulnerable" in society.

"One thing I value about this piece of legislation is that it is not just helpful for those who are caring for an elderly parent, but there's also flexibility in that bill for those who are caring for a disabled child, or maybe it is an older parent caring for an intellectually disabled adult child. There are so many applications for this piece of legislation," Ernst said.

On another piece of healthcare legislation, the American Health Care Act, which passed the House, Donovan said he voted against it because it would raise healthcare costs to seniors.

"I thought the replacement plan put forth wasn't one that helped people that were harmed by the Affordable Care Act without harming people that were helped by it," he said.

Donovan also said lawmakers had a tendency to shrink back from taking a stance on legislation in election years, but maintained that wasn't his approach.

"People are either busy with their re-election or some people get paralyzed — afraid to make a decision or take a stance on an issue that might be a little controversial because it might hurt their election. Those folks need to go home," he said.

"I mean, you can't be down here and be afraid to stand up for what you believe in because of how it's going to affect you in an election. If that ever happened to me, I would go home and just do something else," he added.

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