The newly introduced Social Security 2100 Act: A Sacred Trust (S. 3071/H.R.5723) increases benefits across the board, improves the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) and benefits for widows and widowers from two-income households, and raises the cap on payroll taxes to earnings of $400,000 per year. It also repeals the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) that unfairly deprive more than 2.5 million people dedicated to public service, including many educators, of Social Security benefits they have earned.
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. 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. Two bills now before Congress would fully repeal both the GPO and WEP: the Social Security 2100 Act and the Social Security Fairness Act (S. 1302/H.R. 82).
Urge your senators and representative to support the Social Security Fairness Act and the Social Security 2100 Act to fully repeal both the GPO and WEP.