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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We need your support to end these discriminatory provisions of the Social Security laws
How about it all poiticos ,come on get off your duffs and get this repeal bill passed so that we can get our rightful benifits that really belong to us , instaed of spending it on programs that have no value except fattening peoples wallets that haven't earned it.You people are just coming off vacation (that we cant afford because you wont get this bill passed we also would like to) hope you all had a great one, NOW PLEASE HELP US TO DO THE SAME, pass the bill .
I have worked since age 15 paying into this system. I began working with the state government at age 48 working as a Correctional Peace Officer. And I'm told I will only get a very small portion of what I had expected. I see inmates being paroled who have never worked being able to receive benefits. How is this possible?
If a person has worked and fulfilled the requirements to receive Social Security benefits, they should not be penalized for something they EARNED. Everyone has to put in their time and contributions to their civil service pension to receive benefits. To qualify for Social Security benefits, they must work additional years that meet the Social Security contribution and time requirements, therefore both are earned and not "Windfalls". WEP just doesn't pass the common sense test. Please repeal WEP.
I worked over 20 years contributing to Social Security and am being penalized because I have a small government pension. Additionally, I'm not able to collect on my ex-husband's Social Security because of my pension even through we were married for over 17 years. I'm being penalized twice!!!! This is an unjust bill that needs to be repealed.
I don't think I should be penalized for working for the government. The windfall act should only apply to people that have 2 or more pensions and then apply for social security. In this economy we all need every penny we can get.. Let's not forget the medicare that was taken out of our pay check every 2 weeks.
I was penalized because of my Federal Govt pension which was small -- the social security I was receiving before retirement, now only pays for my medicare. I feel I worked for that "small" amount and am entitled to receive it. I worked weekends in order to fulfill the necessary quarters. That amount would help me in my retirement years.
I strongly support repealing the Government Pension Offset.
The Windfall Elimination Provision negatively affects teachers and law enforcement officer who get a pension after they retire. Many local and state pensions don't have cost of living provisions that protect retirees from inflation. Likewise, state and local governments benefit from not having to pay social security for these employees. The benefit has been to reduce the cost of labor for local and state government. Teachers have to earn an additional $21,000 from another job that pays into social security just to qualify for a year's worth of credit towards social security. Even federal workers now get social security benefits. It's a very unfair system that penalizes many government workers who would like to participate and pay into social security but are barred by their state or local government. To add insult to injury, many of these workers cannot use their spouse's social security benefit either because of the Government Pension Offset. Any other employee, with a private pension like railroad can participate without paying into social security. It is simply a question of fairness. In this case government workers who are unable to participate in social security at work lose out disproportionate to other workers. It is arbitrary and unfair to government workers that are mostly teachers and police officers on very limited income.
As someone who paid into the system for years, as have many others who made later in life decisions to, e.g., work in the public school system, or other areas of public service, should not be penalized for their years of paying into social security! It is not fair nor is it equitable. For one thing public sectors do not pay nearly what private sectors do. Why are we being punished for public service?