- 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].
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Keep demanding the repealing of the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision! (from Social Security Fairness)
The fight to repeal the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision has been long and frustrating, but there are still reasons for hope.
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 below, can be sorted by state:
You can find your Representative at http://www.house.gov. 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 public servants!)
Find ideas on the “Our Case” page of Social Security Fairness: http://www.ssfairness.com/repeal-the-gpo-wep/