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Repeal the WEP/GPO Penalties and Protect Earned Social Security Benefits

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WHEREAS, After 1965, California?s educators were not allowed to participate in the Federal Social Security System; and
WHEREAS, The State Teachers? Retirement System is not coordinated with the Federal Social Security System; and
WHEREAS, The benefits of certain members of the Public Employees? Retirement System and retirement systems established pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 are not coordinated with the Federal Social Security System; and
WHEREAS, The public safety officers? retirement plans are uniquely designed to address the special needs of their professions, including firefighters? unique employment characteristics, such as the physical demands of the job, which ultimately result in higher injury rates and permanent disabilities; and
WHEREAS, The Social Security Act includes two penalties, the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), that reduce the Social Security benefits payable to persons who are entitled to benefits under other retirement systems, and which directly controvert the designed intention of these California public retirement system plans; and
WHEREAS, These provisions penalize individuals who move from private sector employment into teaching, public safety, and other careers in public service; and
WHEREAS, These provisions penalize individuals who earned Social Security benefits through their own employment prior to or after public service by denying earned benefits; and
WHEREAS, The elimination of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision would greatly improve the opportunities for hiring and retaining teachers, peace officers, firefighters, and other public employees in California; and
WHEREAS, The elimination of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision would provide economic stimulus across California by providing earned retirement benefits to public servants in every region of this state during this time of continuing slow economic growth;

The WEP/GPO:
? Penalizes public employees in all 50 states;
? Denies earned and paid for benefits;
? Penalizes widows and widowers by up to 100% loss of survivor benefits;

Congress must act now to provide Social Security Solvency and Fairness.

Congress must act to repeal the WEP/GPO and protect earned and paid for Social Security benefits.

We the undersigned want Congress to act to provide Social Security Solvency and Fairness by repealing the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset.

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8 hours ago
Someone from Pacific Palisades, CA writes:
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Repeal the WEP. It unfairly targets those of use who've had 2nd careers in public service.
5 days ago
Karen W. from Puyallup, WA writes:
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My husband worked as a firefighter for 27 years, working a 2nd job during 19 of those years as a school bus driver and tour bus driver so that we could put our children through college. The government took Social Security out of all of his paychecks, and he is not able to receive the full amount that he should be eligible for. This is not fair! Please work to over turn this unfair legislation.
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February 19, 2017
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February 15, 2017
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February 13, 2017
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February 12, 2017
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February 9, 2017
Someone from Westminster, CA writes:
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I am now second guessing taking a job offer with the County due to this unfair provision. I have paid heavily into Social Security for 25 years now. As I realize Social Security is not what we should solely be basing our retirement funds on it just doesn't ring well that I would be losing out on a substantial amount of money working for the local government. This absolutely needs to be repealed!
February 3, 2017
Kenneth B. from Brick, NJ writes:
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The WEP/GPO must be repealed. I’ve said it before and nothing will change my mind. The WEP/GPO, in my opinion is like a Felon, convicted and still out on bail for thirty-five years. This Repeal should be acted upon "Now". As I previously mentioned, this law is in my opinion illegal. If you take money from what the people paid for, it is called stealing. This was not made to take money away from poor hard working people. If you pay into SS you should receive what you are entitled to, including spousal benefits. It should have nothing to do with any Government jobs which your paid into a different retirement plan. This is the United States of America, where everybody is supposed to be treated equal. This makes working for the Government a disgrace. It is no different then me saving for future by stuffing my mattress and the Government coming and taking it out. The WEP/GPO must be Repealed and Retroactive to all affected, (at least the people still alive) that are affected. I still never heard back from Obama, whom I asked for this law be sent to me in (The Plain Writing Act) which he endorsed in 2010. Maybe President Donald Trump will do something about this, I hope.
February 2, 2017
Sheila C. from Rush, KY writes:
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How many years and how many comments will it take for Congress to do what is fair and right? I am beginning to wonder if anyone is listening or cares for the concerns of public employees working or retired. I haven't retired yet and do not look forward to it due to this unfair cut in my SS benefits that I spent years paying into before I became a public employee and had no knowledge that my SS benefits would be cut soooooooo drastically. It is a shame that this repeal seems to be so difficult to get passed. Sometimes I feel our public officials aren't listening! Oh don't let me forget I did get a form letter that didn't even address the issue of WEP/GPO just SS benefits?