Action Alert #110 – It’s Time to push WEP & GPO Repeal!

Congress is looking at ways to make life better for everyone who has been affected by the pandemic.  They are under pressure to fix the Federal support system, AND THERE IS MORE PRESSURE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY!

Well over half the Members of the House of Representatives signed on to support last year’s bill to REPEAL THE WEP/GPO.  We need to remind them again of how urgent this is:

Be sure to include this information when you tell your story:

This unfair trick of Social Security has taken away money that I earned and that I was expecting to get. (or something like this)

  1. Your name (your age)
  2. Where you are from– if you are from their state.  Or the national organization, Social Security Fairness, you represent, if from another state
  3. “I am affected by the Government Pension Offset and/or the Windfall Elimination Provision”
  4. Number of years you worked in public, non-Social Security covered job that gives you a pension  
  5. Years you worked in FICA (Social Security) earning job and/or Years married to a SS earner (and not earning your own SS)
  6. Amount you lose each month/year or total lost since retirement
  7. The effect on your retirement–had to sell house, hard to pay for healthcare, needed to rent out rooms in your house to make the mortgage, had to work longer etc.
  8. When you found out that you would not get the Social Security benefits that you had counted on and how that affected your financial planning.

Tell them some of these facts they may not be aware of:

  • The offsets affect people who have fully earned Social Security retirement or spousal benefits.
  • Both the GPO and the WEP cause lower income people to lose a larger percentage of their retirement income than they do for wealthier retirees.
  • Currently, nearly half a million retired women lose ALL their earned spousal and survivor benefits.
  • The cost to repeal both the GPO and the WEP is less than 2% of what Social Security pays out in benefits every year.
  • The law requiring public employers to inform new employees that the offsets might affect their Social Security only became law in January, 2005. Many people still don’t understand the cuts to their benefits that are coming. 
  • Cutting earned Social Security benefits discourages qualified people from becoming the teachers and public servants we need. The offsets also rob communities of the higher income many seniors could contribute. 

Both the offsets are bad law.

The formulas are indefensible.

It is time to repeal the WEP and the GPO!

Check whether your Member of Congress (Representative or Congressman/woman) has signed on:


  1. Jude Baca says:

    Please get HR82 bill passed for all of us. I am a widow and retired teacher of only 17 years of retirement benefits and was counting on my survivors benefits. Repealing the WEP and the GPO would help provide much needed income for retirees.

  2. Charles Hall says:

    Neither my wife nor myself are receiving any Stimulus Relief but we are both subjected to GPO/WEP provisions for our retirements. I fully agree for the repeal of GPO/WEP and especially for retires who did not receive any Stimulus payments during the COVID-19 conditions.

  3. JoAnn Cosma says:

    is this the same as HR 141?

  4. Jean Whiteside says:

    Do we tell our story again?

  5. What is the exact number of Co-Sponsors needed to force Congress to vote yea or nay on HR 82?

  6. Randy Arduser says:

    I feel the WEP is unfair. I have been commercial fishing in Alaska for 44 years and paid social security all that time. Since I have Alaska state retirement my social security was greatly reduced. Because of WEP I waited till I was 67 so I would get a little more social security. I would like the WED repealed I should get what I have coming.

  7. Madeline Bullock says:

    I am 70 years old. I live in California. I am affected by both the Government Pension Offset and/ the Windfall Elimination Provision”. My husband died when I was 38 and I struggled to raise our two children and get a college degree so I could support myself. I finally graduated and went to work for the Los Angeles Unified School District at age 50. I was not informed that my working for a government agency would affect my social security benefits. I worked in the schools for 16 years. I cannot afford to live in my home in Los Angeles, where I have family and friends, so I rent it out in order to afford to take care of myself, my disabled son, and my adult daughter who has re-enrolled in college in order to earn a salary that would support her. My husband went to Vietnam and all we got from the Army was a flag and a headstone. I worked so hard, taking work home every night, to help disadvantaged children. We gave so much only to have what should have been ours taken away.

  8. Russ L Russell says:

    Would be nice to find out what legislators HAVE NOT SIGNED ON to the Bill. We each could check our State and find out who we each need to write. It is nice to see those who signed on, but we really can’t write those who really need to hear from us. Thank you for your time

  9. I have been getting these notifications for 2 years and nothing changes. There will never be SS fairness we have been screwed by the criminal politicians who think nothing of stealing our money

    1. Scott Johnson says:

      I’ve been getting these for years
      Nothing happens
      Just more of the same
      Just like nothing will be done about the election fraud even though any thinking breathing person KNOWS it’s true.

    2. Politicians- all talk no action .

  10. The GPO/WEP bills have gone nowhere for years. Meanwhile the SS check gets smaller because medicare price increases more the SS retirement check. The has to change to be fair to people who worked under SS for 40 to 50 years in addition to working in a public field or similar fields not covered by social security. I am 80 years old Worked under social security for over 50 years and under public non SS job for 34 years. My wife worked under SS for 50 years and under a non SS for 12 years. Both of us have lost 50 to 60 % of our SS. Right now SS barely covers our medicare expense, I estimate between my wife and myself we have lost close to $300,000 over the past 15 years assuming a basic SS amount should be about 1200.00 / month for each of us

  11. fred crowther says:

    I have been subjected to this unfair law since I retired in 2003. Nobody has done anything to get rid of it.HELP

  12. Larry A Rumple says:

    They don’t care about us little people. It doesn’t effect them so don’t expect any changes !!!

  13. We had refinanced our home, and had everything ready for retirement.
    Was drawing my SS, then when I retired from the school system and started my TRS, we were not prepared for the 60% cut in my SS.
    We had to sell our home and downsize.
    We now live in our daughters house.
    Where we pay $500 a month.
    We earned it but do not get it.

  14. John Donohoe says:

    I am 73 years old. I worked and payed into social security from the time I was 13 till I was 45 inclusive.
    That included 4 years in the military during the Viet Nam War. I then got a job as a peace officer, working for the state of California for 21 years, 6 months, 17 days, and 3 hours. During that time I earned a Calpers pension, completely separate from Social Security. When I retired from my state job at 66 years, 8 months of age, I was notified by social security that due to WEP, I would lose approximately 200 dollars a month from my Social Security monthly allotment. I worked for 33 years paying into social security, and almost another 22 years paying into Calpers. Two different time periods, and 2 lifetimes of work. How can 1 pension, earned over many years, effect another pension, also earned over many years? If I knew how to reach these unresponsive senators and House people I would.

  15. I don’t know, there now 92 supporters of this bill. It’s slowly growing. Of course no one from my state supporting it. They are Trump republicans of course! I have emailed them repeatedly with no response.

  16. I keep hoping it will go through. We give money to other countries, spend it on useless projects but we can’t get what we and or our deceased spouses paid. I know I struggle every month and worked my whole life, as did my husband. Please, will someone do the right thing?

  17. I agree with John.

  18. Peggy Johnson says:

    How can I email other members of congress as they only take emails from their districts?

  19. Sylvia Guidry says:

    I worked 32 yrs in education, my husband worked 42 year and paid into SS. Due to the GPO I’m not able to draw his SS! He has been deceased for over 13 yrs this is a shame that I need live this way!

  20. ROY FISHER says:

    I hope the parties come together to help us baby boomers to be able to retire.

  21. Never give up the fight. We worked for that money, got in our quarters and deserve the same monthly check as any civilian with the same quarters and income who never had a municipal job with a pension.

  22. William mcnamee says:

    74 year old life long Pa resident. The GPO LAW came along three(3) years after I transfered from a duel payor of both SS and pension to become a career firefighter (25+years). Sooo this is a VERY UNFAIR LAW!!!

  23. The GPO causes a double wammy on me …because I can only collect on my Career firefighter’s reduced SS.

  24. Only two comments above, seems We The People are still depending on the politicians to make and break the laws of the land.
    Losing about $500mo SSI because I/we served our country and $400mo military retirement for having less than 50% VA disability. Isn’t that discrimination?
    I thank all that contact their representatives and keep these bills moving. Sorry for all those families whose loved ones have passed and won’t get the benefit is passed. Remember agent orange and how many years the government finally admitted the wrong…less people less payments!
    Thank the service members for their sacrifice not service as they pay into their own retirement.

  25. Bill Sodas says:

    The Democrats have control of the Presidency and both houses of Congress and have said this WEB/GRO should be eliminated . If this Bill HR82 does not move forward soon don’t expect it to ever happen! Remember that when you vote in 2022, or should I say don’t vote if it fails to move forward!

  26. Aida Espinoza says:

    We to make rallys to get the WEP fixed the unfairnes.. the government give money to illegals in ,,….. And we american are in poverty because of WEP.where is Biden and the democrats? Where is right an equality.Shame of the Republicans that don’t correct the Ronald Reagan law.

  27. It is very unfair to take penalize people for working and paying into social security only to have your hard earned money to be snatched away. In these challenging times we’re living in, the government should be happy to give the people who are affected by this unfair situation their money to help boost the economy. I have prayed that God will eliminate this and I believe that He will.

  28. Dan Roberson says:

    I am a retired teacher of 32 years and I have paid into SS for 19 plus years . I retired from teaching in 2006 and as a Texas teacher retiree I have not received a cola from teacher retirement yet. It is becoming harder each year to afford our modest home and other expenses . I can’t understand why I paid into SS and now receive only a fraction of my SS. It appears that those who have worked hard beyond their teaching are paying for those who chose to sit at home.

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