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H.R. 4540 begins to fix problems caused by Social Security’s WEP

Nearly 2 million retired educators and other public employees would benefit from fixes to Social Security’s Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) made by the Public Servants Protection and Fairness Act (H.R. 4540), introduced by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) on Sept. 27. Among those subject to the WEP, current retirees would get an extra $150 a month and future retirees an average of $75 a month. Moreover, the bill includes a guarantee that no one would get less than the amount provided under current law. The WEP reduces the Social Security benefits of people who work in jobs covered by Social Security and jobs NOT covered by Social Security over the course of their careers—for example, educators compelled to take part-time or summer jobs to make ends meet. After years of congressional inaction, this bill is a step in the right direction. NEA continues to push for full repeal of the WEP and the Government Pension Offset (GPO) that reduces the Social Security spousal or survivor benefits of people not covered by Social Security themselves.

Tell your representative to support H.R. 4540.

Take Action: Support H.R. 4540 to ensure public employees get the Social Security benefits they have earned

72 responses to “H.R. 4540 begins to fix problems caused by Social Security’s WEP

  1. I worked in a public sector agency and paid into social security a total of 26 years. I also worked in another public agency where social security was not deducted sufficient years to earn a separate pension. I am presently being penalized under WEP for not contributing into social security a total of 30 years. Very unfair system as I believe all social security retirees who have fully contributed should receive their full benefits and not be subject to WEP just because they are also receiving a second pension

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