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Tell Congress to repeal unfair Social Security penalties

More than 2.5 million people dedicated to public service, including many educators, have their Social Security benefits reduced—or lose them entirely—due to the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO).

The Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 82), reintroduced in January of this year by Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), would fully repeal both the GPO and WEP; Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) will introduce the bill in the Senate this week. The Public Servants Protection and Fairness Act (H.R. 2337), introduced by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richie Neal (D-MA) in April, starts to fix problems caused by the WEP—a step in the right direction toward full GPO/WEP repeal.

The WEP reduces the Social Security retirement, disability, spousal, or survivor benefits of people who work in jobs in which they pay Social Security taxes and jobs in which they do NOT pay Social Security taxes—for example, educators who take part-time or summer jobs to make ends meet. The GPO reduces the Social Security spousal or survivor benefits of people who get a government pension (federal, state or local) but did NOT pay Social Security taxes themselves.

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25 responses to “Tell Congress to repeal unfair Social Security penalties

  1. GPO WINDFALL ELIMINATION PROVISION is a killer to survivors and widows help us keep our SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK FROM OUR HUSBAND HARD EARNED MONEY. SO WE CAN HAVE A CHECK AND NOT LIVE ON THE STREETS . MY PENSION IS VERY LOW HELP US . THANK YOU 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🤝🤝🤝🤝

  2. Retired law enforcement Minnesota please repeal the wep-gpo we are only asking for what we paid for if the politicians lost there social security this would have changed a long time ago they will get there full retirement there full social security and any annuity’s paid for by us tax payers but we can’t have what we paid for you can’t be any more unfair than that

  3. My previous post was in error.
    What I was meaning to say is to get rid of both the WEP and GPO. It is unfair to those of us who have worked previously in the private sector and paid into Social Security. We deserve to get back what we have paid in. Those of us working in the education system are grossly underpaid as it is. The WEP just adds insult to injury. Teachers should be allowed keep the full SS benefits they or their spouses earned. Those of us who enter into the school system later in our careers should not be unfairly penalized!

    1. I agree. My own WEP impact is not huge because I spent so much longer in public service than in SS employment. But I am offended by the GPO impact. My husband was self employed. There were years when my own savings paid our joint tax liability including his SS taxes all in addition to the taxes withheld from my paycheck. What galls me is knowing folks whose never working spouses now get their spousal SS benefits when I paid into that with my work efforts and get none of my spousal benefits per GPO.

  4. Please repeal both H.R.82 and H.R. 2337 because they unfairly take away earned Social Security benefits from teachers who worked many years in the private sector and paid into SS! The WEP needs to be fully repealed! Taking earned money from those of us who do not earn a high salary, yet who work tirelessly for the public is completely unfair and wrong!

  5. Hello form the “Golden” state of California. I earned my units for my Social Security pension working various jobs until I began teaching in the State of California. When I hired in neither SSA nor the school district notified me of the botched legislation. I taught 20 years and only upon apprising the school district of my decision to retire (in 2005) was I briefed that I would never see 60% of my SS pension. THAT is when discovered that some states participated in contribution to SS and some didn’t. The Golden state didn’t!

  6. Please support the Social Security Fairness Act (H.R.82) to fully repeal both the GPO and WEP.

    Also, please the Public Servants Protection and Fairness Act(H.R.2337) to start fixing problems caused by the WEP which only effects low and middle income workers and does not apply to gold collars workers. THIS HAS TO STOP!!!
    Sincerely,
    Evelyn Green

  7. Please support the Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 82) to fully repeal both the GPO and WEP.
    Please support the Public Servants Protection and Fairness Act (H.R. 2337) to start fixing problems caused by the WEP.

  8. Please support the repeal of GPO and WEP. Teachers are entitled to keep the full SS benefits they or their spouses earned. We should not be discouraging people from entering the teaching profession as a later in life career by reducing the SS they already earned nor cheating them out of retirement earnings (SS) they’ve earned in 2nd jobs they often need to support their families.

    1. Yes colleen, I totally understand and I totally agree with you. That’s total BS on our government’s part to take advantage and take away what we work and strive so hard for.
      Sincerely yours Danny King

  9. I am getting 1/3 of my SS after contributing for 19 years because I decided to go into teaching when I was 40. I worked as a teacher for 20 years and I do receive a modest pension. I believe that I deserve 100% of my SS. Also it is my understanding that if my husband should pass away I will not get a benefit from his SS. He has a pension, but that goes with him. How is any of this fair. Please consider supporting the Public Servants Protection and Fairness Act and the SS Fairness Act. Thank you.

    1. Yes Rosaline, I agree with you in the same way that I have with Colleen, you’ve paid into it, so as you have earned it as well. The government needs to stop taking advantage of all our american citizens of whom have worked so hard for what little bit we get in final stages of our lives.
      Sincerely yours Danny King

    1. I am a retired educator but four years was self-employed and had to pay both sides of Social Security which amounted to over 15%. Now that I’m retired I find out if I could only collect about half what I should be getting. Something needs to be done to attract more qualified people in education. All three of my children make more money than I ever made even after 27 years of teaching after they were in their careers for around five years.

  10. Please support the Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 82) to fully repeal both the GPO and WEP.
    Also, please support the Public Servants Protection and Fairness Act (H.R. 2337) to start fixing problems caused by the WEP.

  11. Please support the Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 82) to fully repeal both the GPO and WEP.
    Please support the Public Servants Protection and Fairness Act (H.R. 2337) to start fixing problems caused by the WEP.

  12. I am tired of seeing republicans make laws stealing money that we work for all our lives. They take that money for themselves and their super rich donors as legalized extortion. This has to stop. Do what needs to be done with HR 82 and HR 2337. Fix the problems

  13. I am very unhappy that I receive none of my husband’s social security. After his paying in for many years, he died at age 66 having received very little of his social security. Because I taught school and receive a pension, I do not receive his social security. Also, I worked and paid into social security for forty quarters, and receive a reduced amount – not even enough to pay the total medicare amount. This is a travesty!!! Please support this fairness act.

  14. I worked while I was in High School, served in the US Navy for 4 years, and worked in various jobs prior to becoming a teacher. I am concerned I will never see the money I put into the system.

  15. My husband and I are both retired teachers; however, I left teaching early on to raise our kids and returned to the profession after 15 years. During that time, my husband and I both had to work several private sector jobs in order to pay the bills. I quickly tallied up quarters and paid SS taxes. The result of all of our scrambling to make ends meet was not applauded by our government officials; instead, we have been financially penalized by this heartless means of a sneaky way to raise taxes while politicians bragged about “no new taxes”. I finally returned to the teaching profession and retired at the age of 63 at 54% and my social security was cut back at the same rate as those public employees who retire with their full pensions. My husband’s social security was also cut back due to this unfair legislation. We have friends who have earned private sector pensions far greater than ours, but they still collect their full, sizable social security benefits without penalty, as they should – but we cannot. This prejudicial “tax” is unfair, singles out only some groups of workers, is regressive, outdated, and at its core, probably illegal. Fortune 500 corporate employees and CEO’s would never be financially penalized in such an arbitrary and cruel manner.
    Please do the right thing and repeal this unfair law!

  16. I worked hard and paid my social security for over 40 quarters, and now I don’t receive it. I believe this is unfair.
    Thank you so much.
    Terry Bender

  17. Please use your political power to remove the Windfall Elimination Act which only effects low and middle class workers and does not apply to gold collar workers at all.

  18. I taught for 30 years and retired from teaching in 1997. During teaching summers I worked and paid social security. From 1997 until When I retired in 2008 I worked full time in the trades and paid social security. At retirement time my yearly social security benefits state said I had 20 quarters of service and would receive nearly $1500 per month. With my teaching retirement and social security, I felt comfortable about retirement. On the day I signed up for social security benefits, I was in shock and awe, due to WEP, I would receive a little over $200 a month. At almost 78 yrs old, I still have to work to make ends meet.

  19. Please repeal both H.R.82 and H.R. 2337 because they unfairly impact public service employees such as teachers that have given their lives in service to the people of Illinois. They have contributed to social security, but cannot reap the benefits that are due to them.

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