Social Security Fairness(?) Act
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'Social Security Fairness'
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On October 3, first term Louisiana Republican Senator John
Kennedy spoke on the floor of the Senate about why they need to get rid
of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination
Provision. See Action
Alert 97-a glimmer of hope from the right.
Alert 95 for a description of and the reasoning behind the
two programs that reduce the amount of Social Security we can receive.
The fight to repeal the Government Pension Offset and the
Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) has been long and frustrating, but
there are still reasons for hope. WEP is federal legislation
signed in 1983 that limits or eliminates social security monthly
payouts for those people in state or local pension systems that did not
contribute to social security even if they received credits in other
Immediate action is needed: Find out if your member of
Congress has signed onto H.R. 1205, the Social Security Fairness Act of
2017. The list, linked
here, can be sorted by state.
- Even though in the past we have had less support from
Republicans than from Democrats, there are members of Congress from
both sides of the aisle who realize that the offset and provision are
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, many of
them find it problematic that the offset and provision were imposed on
us with no warning. (A 2005 law required that NEW employees of
non-Social Security-covered positions must be inform about GPO and WEP).
- It is likely that there will be some major changes to
Social Security, either in this present 115th Congress (2017-2018) or
the next one. Therefore, we need to continue pressuring Congress.
You can find your Representative on this
list. Save his or her number on your phone or save the
comment page. Thank your representative if his or her name is on the
co-sponsors list. If your representative is not yet a co-sponsor,
explain how the GPO and WEP has unfairly punished you for working as a
public servant. (Congressional Representatives are also working as a
There are very few Senators who have signed onto the new
Senate GPO/WEP repeal bill, proposed by Sherrod Brown, (S. 915). Right
now it is just: Collins, Murkowski, Baldwin, Heller, McCaskill, King,
and Murphy. You can always check on signers in both the
House and Senate by using the link on our home page. Ssfairness.com.
Last year we had a Senate bill
1651) introduced by Senator Brown from Ohio with 18 cosponsors, in
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 provided a
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 junior
group that has been on the Hill for a great many years. A very large
number of them have only been in Washington for 1-3 terms. They may not
know about the Offsets. They need to hear from us!
Many employee groups have not made their voices heard despite the fact
that they will be affected by the offsets. We need to get them involved!
Don't forget to also send hand-written notes to your legislators and
their aides. Sometimes they make more impact. Phone calls asking for
the Representative's position are helpful. (If they tell you what their
position is, for or against our bills, please let us know so we can
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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