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.
- Urge your representative in the House to support the Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 82) to fully repeal both the GPO and WEP.
- Urge your representative in the House to support the Public Servants Protection and Fairness Act (H.R. 2337) to start fixing problems caused by the WEP.