Social Security Fairness(?) Act
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'Social Security Fairness'
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Is Social Security too broke for Repeal? See Action alert
We are in the Crosshairs—Again! See Action Alert #98 here.
On October 3, first term Louisiana Republican Senator
Kennedy spoke on the floor of the Senate about why they need to
of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination
Provision. See Action
97-a glimmer of hope from the right.
95 for a description of and the reasoning behind the
two programs that reduce the amount of Social Security we can
The fight to repeal the Government Pension Offset and the
Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) has been long and
there are still reasons for hope. WEP is federal
signed in 1983 that limits or eliminates social security monthly
payouts for those people in state or local pension systems that
contribute to social security even if they received credits in
Immediate action is needed: Find out if your member of
Congress has signed onto H.R. 1205, the Social Security Fairness
2017. The list, linked
here, can be sorted by state.
- Even though in the past we have had less support
Republicans than from Democrats, there are members of
both sides of the aisle who realize that the offset and
either poorly written or just plain wrong.
- In late February, H.R. 1205, the new House bill to
fully repeal both the GPO and the WEP was introduced by
Rodney Davis of
Illinois, and it already has 89 co-sponsors.
- Republicans often see the WEP as poorly written and
making no sense from a financial point of view. In addition,
them find it problematic that the offset and provision were
us with no warning. (A 2005 law required that NEW employees
non-Social Security-covered positions must be inform about
GPO and WEP).
- It is likely that there will be some major changes
Social Security, either in this present 115th Congress
the next one. Therefore, we need to continue pressuring
You can find your Representative on this
list. Save his or her number on your phone or save
comment page. Thank your representative if his or her name is on
co-sponsors list. If your representative is not yet a
explain how the GPO and WEP has unfairly punished you for
working as a
public servant. (Congressional Representatives are also working
There are very few Senators who have signed onto the new
Senate GPO/WEP repeal bill, proposed by Sherrod Brown, (S. 915).
now it is just: Collins, Murkowski, Baldwin, Heller, McCaskill,
and Murphy. You can always check on signers in both
House and Senate by using the link on our home page. Ssfairness.com.
Last year we had a Senate
1651) introduced by Senator Brown from Ohio with 18
addition, a companion bill, House Bill HR
973, was introduced by Representative Davis of
Illinois with 122
cosponsors. AS AN ALTERNATE,
Representative Brady from Texas introduced HR
711 and had 43 cosponsors. This bill would have
credit for the Social Security that we should have received.
A couple of things to think about:
The current members of the House of Representatives are the most
group that has been on the Hill for a great many years. A very
number of them have only been in Washington for 1-3 terms. They
know about the Offsets. They need to hear from us!
Many employee groups have not made their voices heard despite
that they will be affected by the offsets. We need to get them
Don't forget to also send hand-written notes to your legislators
their aides. Sometimes they make more impact. Phone calls asking
the Representative's position are helpful. (If they tell you
position is, for or against our bills, please let us know so we
Thank you for being firm and persistent!
Repeal the WEP and GPO! For more information, go to ssfairness.com.
See also the NRTA
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