Action Alert #118 – Tell Those Legislative Aides!

As of this week, we have 259 Members of Congress standing up for Repeal of the GPO and WEP.  Only 31 more and the bill will have to be brought to the floor for a vote.  Their staff members are NOT supposed to be working on the election while on the job. They are probably at home during Covid work time and taking business calls.

Check the attached list of Members who haven’t yet signed onto our bill. If your Representative is not on there, do you know someone in the district of one of these missing Members who will call or write and speak for you? You can also say you are representing the national group, “Social Security Fairness” or a retiree group that supports repeal.  Remember, they are really busy and there are a lot of bills, so don’t assume that they don’t want to sign on.  They are up for re-election in two weeks and should be listening to you.  Pick a couple of legislators and give their staffs a call!

Telling your GPO/WEP story. You can say all this quickly. Think it through and include:

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. 

Download the PDF Copy of the list of non-signers on HR 141



  1. My congressman was one of those busy legislators who hadn’t signed on to HR 141 until he was politely & persistently reminded to do so. Now he has signed on. Please check the list of those legislators who have not yet signed onto HR 141 (repeatedly if necessary) and remind them to do so.
    I noticed that Denver’s Diana DeGette has not yet signed the legislation. That is probably just an oversight on her part. All of you in her District (1), please contact Representative DeGette and ask her to get on board.
    Thank you.

  2. Last week I sent The President, Pelosi, McConnell, McCarthy, Feinstein , Harris and Carbajal letters urging them to sign on as sponsors and to attach it to the next “Stimulus Bill” and requested a reply. NO ONE has answered me back yet.

    1. Bonnie Cediel says:

      As we have discovered:
      Pelosi and McCarthy don’t co-sponsor bills House because of their leadership positions.
      Both Feinstein and Harris signed onto the Senate bill S.521 last year.
      Please work on Carbajal!

  3. myrtle m pollari says:

    I WORKED in ss 25 years and am being cut 35 percent. I also had 1 percent talen from my pay for a couple of years to replenish ss. I retired in 1998 and cud sure use what they owe me for all that back pay last year I got 1 dollar a month raise cost of living not even enuf for a glass of milk or protein bar

  4. Linda Aidan says:

    Hi, I worked in an international organization for several years and did not pay Taxes. Upon retirement, I was double penalized: 1. Have to pay taxes and my ss was cut in half. My question is why have the option of not paying I. The first place if that option is just taken away, and our sis cut? Loopholes for rich don’t work that way; nothing is taken away later. As usual, it’s the poor who are hurt the most….

  5. steve clark says:

    Please sign in favor of HR 141
    Being a public servant for 18 years
    Prior working in the private sector, I paid all my quarters into S.S.
    Now upon collecting my S.S. I’m feeling a loss of 40% of what my monthly benifit should be!
    This really hurts my family financially
    Please talk to your fellow members of the H.R. and Congress to sign the bill to repeal the W.E.P.
    Thank You in advance
    Steve Clark

    1. Steve,

      You need to lobby this congressman another way. He is chair of the House Ways and Means Committee where the bill H.R. 141 sets. He can bring it to the Floor of the House for a vote where we HAVE the majority of 259 for passage. Why he has not done this is the question. Chairman Neal was vigorously challenged in the Massachusetts Primary in September and this might not be the last time he will be challenged as 2 years goes by mighty fast. H.R. 141 was one of the many issues raised in the Primary against Congressman Neal. He has not signed on as a cosponsor but instead has floated competing bills. Whether he is getting his “marching orders” from Speaker Pelosi is unknown but if so, this bill could very well be doomed for the 116th Congress. This bill is the shortest path to the goal. Please lobby him on bringing it to the floor of the House for a vote. Thank you.

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