Brown and Collins Reintroduce Bipartisan Social Security Fairness bill in the Senate!

On Thursday, April 22, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) led a bipartisan group of their Senate colleagues to re-introduce the Social Security Fairness Act, which would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO).

Here are links to ask your Member of Congress and your Senators to sign onto this bill and the House bill:
H.R. 82  (link to house.gov) S. 1302  (link to senate.gov) You can check at the bottom of this Alert to see if your Senator was an original co-signer.

Both of the statutes significantly reduce benefits for more than two and a half million Americans, many of which are teachers, police officers and state, county and local government workers.

“These workers have dedicated their careers to serving our communities, and it’s up to us to make sure they can retire with their full Social Security benefits,” said Senator Brown. “This small fix will help teachers, police officers, and other state and local government employees and their families have the peace of mind that their Social Security benefits will be there for them when they retire from a life of dedicated service.”

“Public servants from across the country, such as retired teachers and police officers, have dedicated their professional careers to public service, yet many face reduced retirement benefits due to the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision,” said Senator Collins. 

The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), enacted in 1983, reduces the Social Security benefits of workers who receive pensions from a federal, state, or local government for employment not covered by Social Security. (currently affects nearly 2 million retirees)

The Government Pension Offset (GPO), enacted in 1977, reduces or eliminates Social Security spousal benefits for spouses, widows, and widowers who receive even partial pensions from a federal, state, or local government. (Affects more than 700,000 retirees, 83% women, 71% lose ALL benefits)

Together, these provisions reduce or eliminate Social Security benefits for teachers, police officers, fire fighters, mail carriers, prison guards, librarians and school bus drivers and many others.The Social Security Fairness Act would repeal both the WEP and GPO statutes, ensuring that public sector workers and their families receive their full Social Security benefits.

Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Susan Collins of Maine are the original sponsors, and here are the co-sponsors who signed on the first day.  If your Senators are on there, click on the link and thank them!

Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]*
Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO]*
Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]*
Sen. Murphy, Christopher [D-CT]*
Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA]*
Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]*
Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD]*
Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]*
Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI]*
Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]*
Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN]*
Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV]*
Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH]*
Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]*
Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]*
Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR]*
Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]*
Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI]*
Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI]*
Sen. Leahy, Patrick J. [D-VT]*
Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT]*
Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA]*
Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]*

This bipartisan legislation is supported by a number of national organizations, including Social Security Works, AFSCME, National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, National Active and Retired Federal Employee Association, the Strengthen Social Security Coalition, International Union of Police Associations, National Association of Police Organizations, and the Fraternal Order of Police.

14 Comments

  1. Again, the politicians all go home to their million dollar homes and don’t have a care in the world. Not worried about paying bills, car payments, etc. We are not asking for anything we did not earn 18 yrs. paying into SS and I get 5.9 years. Come on. Stop giving our money to people that did not work for it.

  2. JUST ONE MORE THING. WHAT ARE THE REPUBLICIANS SO AFRAID OF???????????????

    SIGN THIS HOUSE RESOLUTION. WHY DO YOU HAVE YOUR JOB. BECAUSE OF THE LOBBISTS OR THE PEOPLE THAT VOTED FOR YOU.

    REMEMBER THE NAMES OF ALL THE SENATORS AND CONGREMEN AND WOMAN WHO DID NOT SIGN THIS WHEN VOTING.

  3. These are not real efforts you all are making…. for years one bipartisan bill after another is supposedly before Congress. The only person who has put articles in the paper and spoken publicly is Ted Cruz!!! Mumbling to the choir has accomplished nothing except making a lot of retired teachers angry. We know this is fundraising for you and not a legitimate concern.

  4. With citizens getting extra money for unemployment, I would say it’s time to repeal this outdated and unfair practice and give retirees the full SSA benefits that they have earned.
    Repeal WEP & GPO and give us retroactive benefits.

  5. house is Rep Neal my Rep and he does not even co-sponsor HR 82. Even after letters for the past 10 years plus. Last year the house had 241 co-sponsors and Neal and Pelosi would not push it to the Senate. Millionaires do not care in the meantime I get $84 a month.

  6. Those who planned our future Retirement got Screwed by WEP cause Congress decided to warn new hired Public Servants in 2005! Too late for those who already had invested in Public Pensions …. Those hired before 2005 should be “Grandfathered Clause” this WEP penalty! This is so unfair due to unable to change plans!
    RepealWep HR82! Congress do it Now!

  7. I forfeited $438 of my work benefits under the GPO and about $1700 of my survivor benefits when I had to stop work in 2016 due to my health. I suffer from osteoarthritis and other chronic illnesses and had plan to work until 70 plus. My civil service career was cut short and benefits reduced due to the death of my former husband and an involuntary reduction-in-force and the need to relocate for the benefit of our then two under age children. I have not been able to return to work and will only be able to work from home due to my health issues. Just half of these funds would enable me to remain in my home and provide the medications and other essentials needed for survival. The cost of living in Colorado has increased during the past 4 years for property taxes, car insurance, homeowner’s insurance, food, personal items, income taxes, etc. This is money I thought would be available except for deceptive and incomplete information. I have spent the four years researching the why’s and how’s of the GPO and WPO and have learned a lot that I did not know before the research.

  8. I AM A RETIRED TEACHER WHO SERVED FOR 33 YEARS WITH LAUSD. AFTER RETIRING IN 1995, I LEARNED THAT MY TEACHERS’ PENSION WOULD ELIMINATE SOCIAL SECURITY SPOUSAL BENEFITS AS WELL AS SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS WHICH I PERSONALLY HAD PAID INTO WORKING OTHER JOBS WHILE TEACHING FULL TIME. DUE TO THE THE WEP AND GPO RULES MILLIONS OF HARD WORKING PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF WHO ARE ENTITLED TO THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS ARE DEPRIVED AND STRUGGLE FINANCIALLY. BECAUSE OF THESE UNFAIR AND PUNITIVE RULES, I NEEDED TO CONTINUE TO WORK TO SUPPORT MYSELF AND MY DEPENDENTS. I WORKED ANOTHER SEVENTEEN YEARS AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY AT NORTHRIDGE AND CONTRIBUTED TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM FOR ANOTHER SEVENTEEN YEARS. AT AGE EIGHTY, I FINALLY RETIRED AFTER CONTRIBUTING TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM FOR A TOTAL OF TWENTY SIX YEARS. I STILL DO NOT RECEIVE ANY SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS DUE TO THE HORRIFIC, PUNITIVE, AND UNJUST WEP AND GPO WRITE-OFFS. IT IS ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS THAT OUR CONGRESS REPRESENTATIVES HAVE NOT JOINED ONE AND ALL TO CORRECT THIS INJUSTICE.. IT IS LONG PAST DUE THAT ALL THREE DEPARTMENTS OF GOVERNMENT “STEP UP AND SHOW GOOD FAITH” IN REPRESENTING THE ESSENTIAL WORKERS WHO ARE ENTITLED TO THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS LIKE ALL OTHER CITIZENS OF THE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

  9. Please repeal the Wep and the GPO now. This will probably be our last chance to repeal these laws that take away our social security benefits. Please help the people who have put in their public service as well as working for private companies. It is a broken promise to have taken wages from these people for social security tax for years and then when they finally get old enough to get benefits, social security is no longer there for them. This is a horrible way to treat public workers. No one will want to work in these jobs if it means giving up the social security that they PAID INTO FOR MANY YEARS. Thanks for listening and thanks for your service.

  10. Interesting fact — The men I worked with in 1962 did not lose any SS benefits when President Reagan signed WEP & GPO because they had the 20 years of service to be grandfathered in. But I took 8 years off to have children. Another example of women getting screwed (sorry I can’t think of a more polite term). My late husband worked and paid into SS for 60 years, working until he was 84 but I get no spousal benefit. I ‘m entitled to 2000 dollars a month but get zero because of my teacher pension.

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