The fight to repeal the GPO and The WEP has been long and frustrating, but there are still reasons for hope.

  1. Even though in the past we have had less support from Republicans than from Democrats, there are Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle who realize that the offsets are either poorly written or just plain wrong.
  2. In late February, H.R. 1205, the new House bill to fully repeal both the GPO and the WEP was introduced by Rodney Davis of Illinois, and it already has 89 cosponsors.
  3. Republicans often see the WEP as poorly written and making no sense from a financial point of view. In addition, many find it problematic that the provisions were imposed on most of us with no warning to those who would be affected. (A 2005 law required that NEW employees of non-Social Security-covered positions must be told)
  4. It is likely that there will be some major changes in Social Security either in this present 115th Congress (2017-2018) or the next one. Therefore, we need to continue pressuring for our needs to be met.

Immediate action needed: Learn if your Member of Congress has signed onto H.R. 1205, the Social Security Fairness Act of 2017 (the list, linked below can be sorted by state):

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1205/cosponsors?

You can find your Representative at http://www.house.gov. Save their number on your phone or save their comment page. Thank them if their name is on the co-sponsors list. If they are not yet cosponsors, explain how the GPO and WEP has unfairly punished you for working as a public servant. (Congressional Representatives are also working as a public servants!)

Find ideas on the “Our Case” page of https://ssfairness.org/repeal-the-gpo-wep/

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Repeal of the GPO and WEP!
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9 Comments

  1. Politicians know these offsets are wrong and illegal or they wouldn’t be agreeing with Public Retirees and Spouses…. for 25 years these Politicians continue to bring a bill to the House And Ways Committee at every new Congress to have it stall their….. These Politicians use these Repeal Bills as a tool for Re-Election to Congress and getting our Hopes Up! Notice how the Republicans blame Democrats and vice-versa for not bringing the Repeal to the floor for a vote! Shame on them for playing games with Peoples lives! For 35 years this story is antiquated now! WASHINGTON DC Politicians are Frauds! That’s my opinion until Action To Make It Fair is Instated!

  2. The WEP/GPO must be repealed. It is totally illegal in my opinion. I had requested it in (The Plain Writing Act) from Obama and not received it.
    This was not made to take money away from poor hard working people.
    If you pay into SS you should receive what you are entitled to, including spousal benefits. It should have nothing to do with any Government jobs which your paid into a different retirement plan. This is the United States of America, where everybody is supposed to be treated equal. This makes working for the Government a disgrace. It is no different then me saving for future by stuffing my mattress and the Government coming and taking it out.

    1. Kenneth – I have told so many people about WEP, friends, family, and others. If it doesn’t affect them, they don’t really care. Some even say, “Oh, it seems fair to me if you were contributing to a pension fund,” or some other misinformed statement. It is very difficult to explain. I have followed it for years now since before I retired four years ago. Politicians have their heads up their proverbial butts and don’t move on important issues for many reasons, one of which is their all-important public image. One of the few I have seen willing to buck the tide, recognize reality, and fight for the downtrodden is Bernie. WEP was instated by some guy in the Reagan administration in the mid-80’s. He came up with a cockamamie formula that has stuck ever since and has affected so many of us. Before that, retirees could collect both their pensions and Social Security. And, why not?? — they paid into both, as did we. REPEAL WEP now!!! Keep fighting the good fight.

  3. we all must continue to refuse to support any politician, regardless of their political affiliation, who refuses to support the repeal of WEP/GPO

  4. I took the time to write personalized, respectful letters to both of my Congressmen in Oregon: Earl Blumenaur and Kurt Schrader, neither of which have signed on to H.R. 1205, encouraging them to get with the program and support this bill for a FULL REPEAL. I do not know at this point, how I am going to survive with the pittance I receive from Social Security. I paid into it, but they are dinging me by 2/3rds because of 7-8 part-time years I worked at a community college in CA. What about the rest of my work life where I did contribute? Why wasn’t that taken into account in this cockamamie formula that arose from the Reagan administration? REPEAL WEP! Write and keep bugging your Congress people. You only need one good letter, then just copy & paste (don’t forget to change the name).

  5. Repeal WEP and GPO. My husband died 2008. I retired 2016 from teaching 21 years, and also worked in industry 24 years. Because of WEP and GPO my widows benefits were reduced to $12 per month, and my social security benefits are reduced to $1074 per month. I am struggling to make ends meet. I did not know about these laws when I went into teaching. I often feel that my husband and I were foolish to work to have a decent life. And what was the point of me earning under graduate and masters degree. Aged 67 and still struggling to live a decent life.

  6. I don’t understand why the majority of the Republicans in the House will not support a Bill to repeal WEP/GPO when the recent Bills are introduced by Republicans. I believe the majority of the Democrats refuse to support the Bills because they refuse to accept anything that is introduced by a Republican. As both parties plays their silly game of politics the innocent people, you and I, suffer. We need to inform them we will not accept any more games. We want action now!

  7. I have E mailed my congressman and senators numerous times and will continue to do so. I have paid and am still paying into SS and I am being penalized because of my federal retirement.
    Charlie C . (PA)

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