WEP/GPO Hearing for H.R. 82 in Ways and Means
H.R. 82, the bill to repeal the WEP and GPO has enough co-sponsors to require a floor vote. Instead, the leadership of the Ways and Means Committee has decided to discuss the bill at a meeting this Tuesday at 10:00 AM EDT. At this meeting they can amend the bill and change it in any way they want. WE NEED THEM TO BRING IT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE ON THE BILL AS IT WAS WRITTEN. PLEASE SEND THIS LETTER TO THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE AND HOUSE LEADERSHIP AS SOON AS YOU GET THIS ALERT. Emails with links and phone numbers are listed below.
To Members of Ways and Means:
Urgent request from Seniors affected by the WEP/GPO
Regarding the September 20, 2022 Hearing on H.R. 82, the Social Security Fairness Act.
I am writing to urge you to keep H.R. 82 as written. H.R. 82 is an important bipartisan bill to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO). The National WEP/GPO Repeal Task Force is counting on our elected officials to give H.R. 82 the floor vote that it deserves.
H.R. 82 repeals the poorly-designed penalties that affect the earned benefits of a public employee who has been a Social Security contributor or a public employee who has been married to a contributor. These penalties fall more harshly on lower income public workers, such as teachers and partial career public safety workers. Retired widows who are affected by the GPO suffer a devastating financial loss when their spouse dies and they lose all of their fully paid-for survivor benefits. They are among the eighty-three percent of those affected by the GPO who lose ALL of their earned benefits. There is strong support for complete repeal of these offsets, and more than 100,000 persons have signed our petition to pass H.R. 82.
We urge you to keep H.R. 82, a bi-partisan bill for full repeal, as written.
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