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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Worked other part time jobs to build up my social security while I was a full time fire fighter for 30 years,I have been retired from fire fighting for 11 years and have worked 11 years in the auto parts industry to build up my social security and now I'm old enough to collect it I'm told I May not be able to receive any of it because I receive a state pension, DOES THIS REALY SOUND LIKE THE RIGHT THING TO DO.............WHY WOULD YOU THINK THIS IS FAIR AND WHY WOULD YOU STILL DEDUCT THIS FROM MY WAGES KNOWING I WASENT GOING TO RECEVE ANY OF IT....THANKS FOR NOTHING!
They don't mind voting themselves a pretty sweet pension plan. They're vested after five years at age 62.
so all those summer jobs and starter jobs i had before i got my govt job dont add up to anything.
after the "offset". Since when does "offset" mean zero dollars according to my calculations.. a reduction , I can see perhaps, but nil?

no wonder you will see more tax cheats
Second career teachers are great and committed educators who will probably not reach high teacher pension levels because of reduced years. The earlier years of social security withholding are valid on their own, no special advantage. So, why a penalty?
While you are at it, maybe you should make social security a divisible asset in a divorce, just like my government pension is. In the end, he gets his full social security and a piece of my pension, while I just get a piece of my pension, none of his SS or mine. Real fair for a public servant
Worked 25 years in the private sector and 25 years teaching to give back, pay forward. Now I get to pay for that decision? I lose on both ends! Not right!
Thee United States Congress put two laws in place that have taken away my Social Security benefits that I worked for and paid into. WEP and GPO have stolen the disability and retirement
benefits I worked for over forty years. I worked 30 yrs in ptivate industry and then 10 yrs. In a public school for special needs and emotionally disturbed students as a teachers aide. It was just long enough to earn the lowest retirement available. But this retirement negates all of my SS disability funds and most of the retirement benefits that I could draw from my own record or my ex husbands.

Many people think that there are built in safety measures so this won't happen. I thought so too. I couldn't believe that my country would put workers in a position that would render them indigent after a lifetime of working.

But no matter howit is calculated, I will only have a very small amt. of money after these laws are applied.

Right now if I had never worked at all I could collect half of my ex husbands SS probably abt. $700. A month.

On my own record I could draw $1055. A month disability.

When WEP is applied because I worked in a school my SS disability amount is $ 0. even though SSA says I am legally disabled.

I can get my medicare in two yrs.though. What am I supposed to do until then???

My possible disability from sers is $600. Monthly. My possible retirement from sers is $325. monthly. The WEP safety net in place for people that have worked 21 to 30 years will allow me to draw 45% of my SS when I'm 62 yrs. old. This is because only 21of my 30 yrs. count as substantial earnings in the safety net. Some of those non-substantial yrs. fell 1 or 2 hundred dollars under the amount required for that particular year. So 99% of my SS tax was paid in for a year, but that doesn't count for me as part of the safety net. Also I will lose 2/3 of my sers money due to WEP so $1055.-55% due to WEP= $475. - $216. 2/3 of my sers =$259.SS left + $180. Of sers left = grand total $480. A month to live on in my retirement yrs. If I draw off of my ex husbands SS I can draw half of his SS - 2/3 ofmy sers. Same senerio which will result in an even smaller monthly income. All in the intrest of making sure I don't get some kind of windfall from working! I am raped of most of what I worked for.

I would also say that this will hurt many more women than men. But laws like this have no place in America they hurt women and men and local governments, and schools that need good workers and the children in those schools. Because people will not work there when they find out this can happen to them.

I doubt that was the intent of these laws. At least I would like to believe that congress isn't in the business of being so greedy that it would purposely injure disabled people and seniors in this way. I also would like our senators and house reps. To take a look at repealing these provisions as quickly as possible. They are blantenly unfair. It would be a life s
windfall elimination & govt pension offset laws are pure thievery, as we did pay into ss via non-govt jobs, and deserve total benefits when retired and also full widow benefits.
I worked for many years and paid into Social Security and then at age 35 I earned a teaching degree and began teaching. It is NOT fair that I am penalized because I changed professions in mid-life. I raise a grandchild for whom I get no child support and could use the Social Security that is due me. There are so many people that know how to play the system and collect disability Social Security......and I EARNED mine and don't get it!