CAN YOU STAND UP FOR US AT A RALLY IN WASHINGTON DC, WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 14TH? IF NOT, LET YOUR SENATORS AND REPS KNOW THAT WE WANT FULL REPEAL.
We have always stood up for FULL REPEAL of both the WEP and the GPO, but there is a contingent working to legislate only a partial fix of the Windfall Elimination Provision, and they will have a press event on the steps of the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday morning, 10:00 AM, to push for their plan to have a revised formula for the WEP to be included in the end of the session omnibus bills.
Their plan doesn’t include anything for all the women affected by the GPO or any relief for foreign pensioners who are hit by the WEP.
82% of those affected by the Government Pension Offset are women. Most of them lose ALL Social Security benefits with no regard to the number of years they may have been a non-employed homemaker. Two-thirds of the amount of their pension is subtracted from their spousal or survivor benefits, cutting as much as 40% of their total retirement income and leaving many in poverty.
Both American and foreign national workers who have earned a government pension, even part of one, from another country with different rules, and then have worked for an American company, fully earning Social Security, have their earned Social Security benefits cut by the WEP when they retire.
We cannot rely on partial measures! We need full repeal now!
The votes of 218 Members of the House of Representatives are necessary to pass a bill. H.R. 82 reached 305 co-signers, supporting full repeal of both the GPO and WEP. We have strong support! But House Leadership refused to even let it be brought to a vote.
Ignoring the GPO’s outrageous penalty on women and the unreasonable penalty on people with foreign pensions, is in no way a solution to the unfair WEP and GPO!
Call and write your Senators and your Congress Member NOW. Tell them we need FULL REPEAL!
Here are the links to Members of the Senate:
And to the House:
A partial repeal is NO DEAL!
The WEP and GPO are WRONG from the start!
Here is a link to an 8.5×11” sign from our website (PDF format) to use for the rally or whenever you might find it useful. Print out two and stick them back to back. If you put the sign onto a stick, there are situations where they may refuse your entry.