Alert–Yes, We Have Progress!

We’re Ready for a House vote; Time to Lean on Senators; Building State Coalitions

1.    We now have 294 Members of the House of Representatives who have co-signed H.R. 82, to fully repeal the WEP and GPO–more than what we need! Sponsors, Davis and Spanberger, have formally requested a House VOTE on their bill.  Call your Member of Congress and thank them or tell them why you still need them to co-sign H.R. 82.  You can see if they have signed on by clicking on the link near the top of our website–ssfairness.org.

2.  Here’s why we need to keep up the pressure:

“House rules allow a member of Congress to file a motion with the House Clerk to place their legislation on the Consensus Calendar once their legislation has accumulated at least 290 cosponsors. If the legislation maintains at least 290 cosponsors for 25 legislative days, and the committee of jurisdiction does not report the legislation, it will be placed on the Consensus Calendar.(Bold added) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has the authority to bring legislation on the Consensus Calendar to the floor for a vote before the full House of Representatives.” (From My Federal Retirement publication 8/4/22)

3.  We are moving on to the Senate!  As you know, we need 60 “yes” votes. We currently have 40. It is a good time to thank your Senator for signing on to S.1302 or remind them to do so. Click on the link near the top of our homepage at ssfairness.org to make sure they are on there.  Attached to this email is a list of 13 other Senators who might sign on with our encouragement and the contact emails for their legislative aides. California retired teachers (CalRTA) has provided a link to the emails of their aides and a statement you can use, or you can write your own.  Easy and speedy!  Just click on the link and send!

4. Senators are more likely to listen to their own constituents than to outsiders, so we’re working with one of our partners to set up state-level organizing units to gather and coordinate support for repeal within their own state.  You can help! The Facebook group, National WEP & GPO Repeal Movement, is organizing this effort and connecting people from each state.  Email Peter Joyce at pjoyce1@maine.rr.com, or contact him through FB Messenger to volunteer for State Coordinator teams in this important initiative. You can do this even if you are not on FaceBook.  Just email Peter, and he will set you up with volunteers in your state!

Volunteers have been running Social Security Fairness since 2009 and our financial support from CalRTA for mailing, tech support and registration fees has run out. Some of you have have found the new “Donate” button on our Homepage at ssfairness.org, and we really appreciate those of you who have sent us any amount. Thank you!

Do check out the photographs and video from the Washington D.C. rally in May on our homepage. The rally was the fruit of our collaboration with the National WEP/GPO Repeal Task Force, and the hard work of retirees from across the country.

We are on our way!

9 Comments

  1. Sherry Somers says:

    My prayers are with all that are supporting the appeal of the Windfall Act. It had hurt so may widows like myself. The money are husbands paid into Social Security should be helping many live above poverty level. I hope and pray this bill is appealed before I die and I am 82 years old and my husband has deceased for almost 9 years & that is when my life changed in so many ways. We were married 55 years!!

    1. Dorothy M Bundy says:

      MONIES I EARNED . 40 YEARS AGO !!!!!! PLEASE .. I,M ELDERLY NOW I SURE DO NEED IT.

  2. Jeanette Scanlan says:

    This would be so exciting but I don’t have faith in this government. What happened to us. I just want what I worked for I am not asking for a hand out. I worked in the SS system for 18 years and get 5.9 years.
    Not right but I don’t have the power the politicians do. Remember who cosponsored this bill when voting.

  3. Jim Foley says:

    I have paid into SS for 30 years and receive a severely reduced benefit that I paid for. This is just plain wrong.

  4. Deirdre Godfrey says:

    It looks like the Cal Teachers have made a mistake by listing Sen. Edward Markey (misspelled on their site as Markley) from MA; Sen. Markey cosponsored in early May.

    Otherwise, great news!

  5. If Congress ever votes on HR 82 and S 1302 we will learn how many of the co-sponsors actually support us by supporting the repeal of WEP/GPO
    and how many of them are playing politics with our lives by voting no and supporting WEP/GPO. People need to remember in November regardless of the Political Party they normally support or how cute the politicians’ families are.

  6. Sherry Somers says:

    I have written Representatives, Senators, and many others regarding the unfairness of the Windfall Act. My husband died 8 years ago and since then I have not been able to draw any of his Social Security benefits due to me working in an office at a Junior College. He was a miner and paid into Social Security for many years but due to the Windfall Act I am unable to receive this benefit which help me live with a better budget than I am having to live on at the present. I am not the only widow who is having to adjust our living standards because of this Act. Please, please reconsider and repeal this unjust Act.

  7. Pelosi had 25 days to schedule a vote in the House. It has been 33 days. When is the vote? Why won’t the Democrats support their fellow Democrat Sherrod Brown and S 1302 in the Senate?

  8. Pelosi had 25 days to schedule a vote in the House. It has been 33 days. When is the vote? Why won’t the Democrats support their fellow Democrat Sherrod Brown and S 1302 in the Senate? Why won’t ssfairness.org post this comment?

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