It’s H.R. 82 Again!
House Member Garret Graves (R-LA) has introduced a new WEP/GPO full repeal in Congress which was given the same number as last year’s bill. House Resolution 82 in the last session got 305 co-signers, well more than needed to pass, but it was never voted on. The probable reason for the lack of a vote was that only 40 out of the 60 U.S. Senators needed to pass in the upper house were willing to sign on. So that repeal bill wasn’t going anywhere. Once again, we have our work cut out for us!
Your assignment for this week is to call your Representative’s offices–both home district and D.C. (The numbers are already in your cell-phone directory, right?) and THANK THEM for supporting H.R. 82 last year and encourage them to sign onto H.R. 82 Graves.
(Find information on your Representative and a link to their website, so you can email them here: https://www.house.gov/)
If your Representative didn’t sign on, or even if they did, remind them that:
- More than 2 million retirees lose part or ALL of their earned Social Security benefits.
- Both the WEP and the GPO formulas are mathematically and/or functionally incorrect for what they try to achieve. They are bad legislation.
- Both provisions target lower-income retirees more harshly than those with bigger pensions.
- The people affected by these offsets have paid into Social Security just like everyone else!
Here is the new list of cosponsors: https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-bill/82/cosponsors