H.R.1795 - Repeal the Government Pension Offset (GPO) provision

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Bill H.R. 1795 has been introduced in Congress. Please support this bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act and repeal the Government Pension Offset(GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provisions (WEP). GPO and WEP unfairly, and only, penalize government employees whose social security pensions are reduced by two-thirds of their state pensions. This impacts teachers, police, firefighters, postal workers, civil servants, and state nurses.

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I am writing to support this petition to request that HR 1795 be repealed. This bill is so very unfair and affects the livelihood of so many people in our country. I lost my husband who worked 35 years and paid into social security all his life. I, myself, was an elementary school teacher at the time of my husband's death. At age 42, and raising 3 beautiful children, I went back to school not only to fulfill my desire to teach and make a positive difference in the lives of children, but also to experience a more comfortable life as my husband and I grew older. When I decided to retire in 2012, and having a pension benefit of just less than 20 years, I thought my benefits would be greater monetarily. I then found out that 2/3 of my pension was going to be deducted from my husband's 35 years of social security benefits that
As a federal EE, I am not getting benefits that a non govt worker would be entitled to. Unfair application of retirement benefits
My late husband worked over 30 years paying into social security and thought I would get Widow Benefits if he passed. He was collecting social security when he passed. When I retired from the Postal Service, I was told my Government Pension offset the Widows Benefits to Zero because I did not pay into social security. My late husband thought that if he passed, I would get 2/3 of his social security! It should have nothing to do with my having earned a government pension and what I paid into or did not pay into. My late husband paid into social security for over 30 years! I am his Widow! I worked more years than I had to, before I retired, in order to make ends meet. This law is completely unfair. I am a Widow and I should get Widows benefits based on what my late husband paid in. Please support Bill H.R. 1795 and repeal the Government Pension Offset because there are so many of us so wrongfully impacted.
I worked in both government non covered service for 8 years and receive a small government pension . I have worked for almost twenty years paying into my SS and I am losing half of it because of windfall profit. My husband paid into SS for over forty five years. Together we paid into SS for over sixty five years if something should happen to him I would lose 3/4 of the spousal benifit he paid into to cover me because of a small government pension that would be considered poverty level . Not to mention that that person and my SS are both reduced to pay for Medicare and suplaments. Meanwhile wives who never worked a day in their lives get half their hilusbands SS and if the husband dies they get it all. This law is completely unfair . We paid I. And we should get it based on what we paid in.
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The GPO is patently unfair to widows or widowers who do not have a government pension. Please do everything you can to repeal it.