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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Dozens of expelled Nazis reportedly paid millions in Social Security
Published October 20, 2014
Associated Press
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July 28, 2014: Jakob Denzinger looks from his apartment window in Osijek, eastern Croatia. (AP)

Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.

His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived. By the late 1980s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a lakefront home, investments in oil and real estate.

Then the Nazi hunters showed up.

In 1989, as the U.S. government prepared to strip him of his citizenship, Denzinger packed a pair of suitcases and fled to Germany. Denzinger later settled in this pleasant town on the Drava River, where he lives comfortably, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. He collects a Social Security payment of about $1,500 each month, nearly twice the take-home pay of an average Croatian worker.

Denzinger, 90, is among dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards who collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation found.

The payments flowed through a legal loophole that has given the U.S. Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave. If they agreed to go, or simply fled before deportation, they could keep their Social Security, according to interviews and internal government records.

Like Denzinger, many lied about their Nazi pasts to get into the U.S. following World War II, and eventually became American citizens.

Among those who benefited:

--armed SS troops who guarded the Nazi network of camps where millions of Jews perished.

--an SS guard who took part in the brutal liquidation of the Warsaw ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland that killed as many as 13,000 Jews.

--a Nazi collaborator who engineered the arrest and execution of thousands of Jews in Poland.

--a German rocket scientist accused of using slave labor to build the V-2 rocket that pummeled London. He later won NASA's highest honor for helping to put a man on the moon.

The AP's findings are the result of more than two years of interviews, research and analysis of records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and other sources.

The Justice Department denied using Social Securi
This is simply unfair and penalizes those who continue to work after retiring from the government. I teach for a local university. I started teaching part-time before retirement and continued on a more full-time basis after retirement. I pay social security taxes, yet I am unable to draw my full social security amount.
To all my good Americans: I just contacted a reporter at the Providence Journal asking him to do a story on this travesty that is GPO and WEP. This might be a strategy you could follow in your cities and towns. Congress won`t change the law unless it directly affects their personal pocketbooks.It`s worth a shot!! Don`t give up. Contact more people with power even if it is on the local or state level.They want you to let this drop like a rock off a cliff. Keep fighting for justice and fairness, and expect a miracle. Mike Taraborelli,Cranston,R.I>
I think the the GPO and WEP are a way to penalize CSRS civil servants unfairly. My late wife worked and paid into SSA for many years and for what! I joined CSRS for its retirement system not the "EX POST FACTO" laws that were created after several years when it was too late to leave the Government, SHAME SHAME on the Congress that passed these idiotic laws!!!
The proposed Bill should equally be applicable also to those who have worked abroad like Canada or the UK and are receiving pension from these countries. I shall be losing $400 approximately per month because of WEP which is a lot of money!
My wife worked as a nurse 21 years paying into social security. She is retiring from HISD after working 19 years. Had she paid into TRS instead of social security she would have received 100% of her current salary instead of the 33% she is getting . After they reduce her social security due to wep she will end she will end up getting about 40% of her current salary. She also looses out on getting any of my social security.
I was appalled when $400.00 per month was stolen from me due to WEP. I worked 30 years in higher education and 20 as a public school teacher. Health care costs eat a huge chunk of my monthly income as well as federal taxes. Thanks a lot Federal Government for rewarding my service.
I worked for 15 years paying into Social Security and 30 years with the Postal Service....so unfair that the money I paid into the system previous to the Post Office is just gone! Two thirds just vanished...out the window! If this affected our politicians you can bet they'd do something about it!
Unfair, when I worked in the privet sector I paid Social Security so why should I be penalized because I took a state job later in life. The fact that people who make over $117,000 stop paying into the system is more troubling. Once again we stick it to the middle class.
It's bad enough that you keep working because of the high cost of medical insurance. Ok, we all did not work paying into social security for 30 years because we wanted to go into law enforcement or become a teacher. To be penalized because we chose these jobs seems unfair. Repeal this stupid windfall act