We now have 193 co-signers on the Social Security Fairness bill, H.R. 82 (the repeal bill). We need 97 more Members of the House of Representatives to co-sign the bill to force a floor vote on the measure. 290 is the magic number! Last year we got 264 votes of the 290 that we needed. You can help right now!

HERE IS OUR PROJECT

  1. Check to see if your Congressperson is one of the 193 who have signed on.   (48 Republicans have signed on–Repeal is a bi-partisan deal.)  Here is the link to the list: Cosponsors List for full repeal
  2. If they have already signed on–call or write them a thank you note.(If you haven’t set up a direct link to your Member of Congress, here is a link to find their official webpage: house.gov
  3. If they are not on this year’s list, check to see if they signed onto the Social Security Fairness bill last year. Here is the list of co-signers from last year: 2020 Cosponsor List

Remember:  you can use the tool on the upper right right of the list to sort by state or alphabetically to find your Rep.

IF THEY SIGNED-ON LAST YEAR, but not yet this year.

  • Call their office. (the general House number is 202-224-3121. Or call your House Member directly. Put their office numbers in your phone’s address book)
  • Say to them, your version of:  “Gee, I know you are really busy and things have been crazy, but Congressperson_______ hasn’t yet co-signed this year’s Social Security Fairness bill, H.R.82.  S/he signed onto the bill last year, and I know the Congressperson is really supportive of teachers/police/seniors. Can you please remind them that we are expecting/hoping for their continued support.”

IF THEY DIDN’T SIGN ONTO THE REPEAL BILL LAST YEAR:

  • Thank YOU for continuing to remind them that we need their assistance!
  • Enlist family and neighbors to write letters.  
  • Try to get an appointment with their staff, if not with them, and plead your case.
  • Show up at a town hall, and listen to the gasps in the crowd when you tell the legislator loudly across the room that you are losing nearly $5,000 in Social Security benefits every year. Tell them that you paid for those benefits when you sold shoes in the summer to supplement your teacher salary.   Tell them about your friend whose husband died after 42 years of marriage and who gets no widow’s benefits that her husband paid for because she taught for 25 years.

We can do this!

12 Comments

  1. I taught for 28 years but I also had jobs with which I paid Social Security for the better part of 50 years. I am being fined for being a career educator in the state of Connecticut. I lose two thirds of what I should receive given my contributions to Social Security. This is a crime. Also I am still working due to financial need and I am still having Social Security taken from my check by the government. Where is the sanity???

    1. I am in the same situation here in Louisiana with 37 years state service and 53 years of paying into social security with 2nd jobs to make ends meet .

  2. Why isn’t President Joe Biden speaking out about this? Reforming social security was a campaign promise. The answer seems clear. Biden is a lifetime politician. A pro at getting votes. He was never serious about ss reform. Similar to canceling student loans. Big talk when he needs your vote. Small walk after he gets your vote. We the citizens of the USA are good decent people. But we’re not especially smart.

  3. People: Stop lying on this webpage, okay. For WEP: If you worked 30 years or less, there is a WEP chart that specifically states the maximum deduction they can take according to years worked and year retired. So stop lying and saying: “I worked 25 or 30 years” and I am losing 1/2 my SS pension. You are NOT, ok. I, too, am a WEP victim, but I don’t lie and you shouldn’t either.

    No, another point: If any of you are of Republican persuasion, you should call the RNC immediately and pressure them to advance Republican support for the bill. Same as last year == 264 votes — 280 votes. It is the SAME thing as failure. If Republicans do not come on board, you could have every House Democrat sign off and the bill will never pass.

    It there are Republican voters reading this website, you need to get on the horn to the RNC, to the NEA and other organizations and tell them to have Republicans vote for this bill. Steve Scalisi is a Republcan who supports H.R. 82. Rodney Davis is also a Republican, so why isn’t HE pushing for his colleagues support? I wrote to the RNC but I am only one person. But with 1,000, 2,000 and up individuals calling or emailing or tweeting them, that will hopefully make a difference.

    Remember folks — not trying to sound like a broken record — but “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” If Republicans do not support this bill, nothing will happen and it will die. Thank you for reading.

  4. In the 117th Congress, the current party alignments as of May 19, 2021,6 are as follows: House of Representatives: 223 Democrats (including 4 Delegates), 213 Republicans (including 1 Delegate and the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico), and 5 vacant seats.May 21, 2021

    1. HELLO I AGREE WITH YOU . YOU KNOW THE REPUBLICANS WON,T HELP . THEY ARE FOR MONEY ITO WASHINGTON… SO IF THEY TAKE THE CONGRESS NEXT YEAR…… WE ARE DOOMED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. this is money i paid IN WITH THE ASUMPTION I WOULD GET MY RETURN WHEN I RETIRED !!!!!!!
    BEFOR 1983 ALL COULD GET THERE FAIR SHARE .. NOW AFTER 1983 THEY DECIDED TO TAKE IT AWAY FROM US. HOW UNFAIR IS THAT? SOMETHING MUST BE DONE I,M TIRED OF STRUGGLING FOR MONEY. … WHEN I SHOULDN,T HAV TO IF I COULD RECIVE MY RIGHT FUL AMOUNT !!!!!!!! THINGS WOULD BE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE!!!!!!!!!!!! HELP US 1

  6. Most of you politicians have beautiful home, many chauffeurs, you go on wonder vacations, your children go to the best schools, etc. We are not asking for anything remotely like the lives you have. We are just asking for the money we are entitled to. Please read the article titled The Biggest Heist on SS which was done by Greenspan and Reagan. Your vote to repeal would help the little guy. The guy you asked to vote for you when you were campaigning. We did vote for you and now we ask you to do the job you were given and vote to repeal the WEP.

  7. Thanks for the message. Keep up the good work! I will contact my representative. I am affected because I work as a teacher as a public employee abroad. WEP.

  8. Why give the lower middle class a « loophole » for once only to be penalized for it at retirement. They allow these lower income people to benefit from not paying taxes while they work. Upon retiring, however, these same people must not only pay taxes (which is normal), however their social security benefits are cut drastically because they did not pay taxes while working. So, where are the benefits to these people in the long run? The only « person » benefiting is the government. Even the rich are not penalized for loophole they are given….

  9. Dear Followers: PLEASE, if you follow the count for H.R.82 under “Congress.gov” PLEASE Twitter ALL Republicans that you see supporting the bill with a “thank you” note. WE NEED THEM FOR THIS BILL TO PASS, and a small but simple Twitter thank you if you see their names as supporting H.R. 82 would definitely help.

    Dems alone can’t get this passed. Trust me. Thanks.

  10. Liz Warren just argued with Home Depot’s Billionaire Ken Langone. He gets $3,000 a month and his wife gets $1,000 per month from Social Security. LOL He argues he doesn’t need his entitlement! As a widow and teacher of impoverished Title 1 Reading kiddos….I NEED …. my Hard-Earned Benefits. Repeal: WEP & GOVERNMENT PENSION OFFSET……HR 82 & S 1302.

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