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 was hit by GPO and WEP. I lost my husband's entire social security. Then having worked earlier in my career and earning a social security benefit, that was reduced because of WEP. To say that "if you work hard, you can make it in America" is not completely true. No one is working hard to get to the poverty line.
Retired from 32+ years in the fire service, I inquired at age 65 about SS benefits from working in the private sector before and during my time as a firefighter. My benefit was aprox. $560/month. Because of the "WEP," (a reduction of over 60%) Federal taxes on SS (because of my pension) and Medicare Part B my benefit goes to a whopping $54/month. If I filed for 1/2 of my wife's SS benefit, I would receive NOTHING and would need to pay medicare out of pocket.

It's time to repeal this discriminatory and unfair legislation.
I was born in 1943. I paid into Social Security all required quarters. I was married for 25 years and am entitled to half of my ex-spouse's Social Security. At age 57 I got a new job working for the City of Berkeley CA; I was not told about the GPO. I worked 9.6 years in this job. I retired at age 68. My work pension is $1356/monthly. My social security benefit is my right; the legal maximum is taken away from me. If it weren't for the GPO I would have twice the monthly income I have now. I would still be poor but it would be bearable. I have an unpayable student loan from graduate school; my children - age 37 and 40, both teachers, still have student loans to pay. They fear for me in my old age that is coming. I am 72 now. I still contribute to society. Please, please repeal this unjust law.
My wife and I are both retired teachers and we vote our "pocket book".
Worked two jobs paid taxes
since retired still paying taxes
part time job paying taxes
Soon to apply for SS
I will have to claim that
I make a whopping 37thou a year
Don't penilize me for working
while we give money to other countries?

repeal the offset
or at least adjust it to income
GPO and WEP are sexist and biased against women and are unconstitutional, preventing the pursuit of happiness as a result forced poverty due to withheld but deserved Social Security retirement. I was married over 30 years and stayed home most of those years raising 4 children. I had a few part-time jobs during the kids school hours but never finished the 40 work credits. After divorce, I began work as a teacher and didnt pay into SS. I am 70 now and my low teacher pension does not cover all my expenses. I lost my house in the housing crunch and now recovering from Bankruptcy. I still have to work part-time to pay bills. I should be able to draw from my Ex-spouse's SS as well as getting my own pension. Or at least I should be able to draw some kind of percentage from my own incomplete work record. Its all very unfair, abusive and negligent. Public servants deserve better. The government is stealing from this patriotic, hard-working, law-abiding senior citizen who is forced to live in low-income housing and stand in line for free groceries from foodbanks. I dont buy retail clothing but instead shop at thrift stores. This is very depressing and demoralizing.
Thank you for your effort in repealing these corrupt laws... Dixie Hustead/CA
I am a federal retiree. I draw about $110.00 from Social Security under WEP (just enough to cover MEDICARE). Were it not for GPO I would be able to draw $900.00 on my husband's Social Security. Recently, because my husband and I file our taxes jointly, I received notice from SSA that I owed an additional $750.00 for MEDICARE due to the amount of money my husband makes. This system is discriminatory.
To: Honorable Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite

I am writing this letter to you because of the fact that you have been the champion advocate for those of us who have served our beloved country.

I am retired from US Army after serving over 20 years, and after that I have worked at VA hospital for over 25 years and retired last year November. During this retirement process, I discovered that I was penalized for working for too long and too hard both in the military and civil services. When I start collecting my social security benefit and civil service retirement, I was notified that my social security payment has been offset by about 35% under the regulations of windfall penalty.

You may not be able to help me or many others who are under same situation; however, I feel that I need to speak out to let you know that it is so unfair and injustice to offset the social security benefits Iíve earned during my military services for over 20 years.
During my military services period from 1959 Ė 1980, I have served my country with honor and pride. However, during those years the military pay was so low that I was eligible for food stamps through most of my military currier in order to take care of family of 4, and I never used such assistance in my entire life because that is not in my nature to ask for any help from anyone.

However, my objections over so called windfall offset on my social security income is that those social security benefits Iíve earned are under very harsh conditions not only physically and financially not only for my self but also for my family. I had absolutely no problem with what I have endured; however, I feel that such an extreme injustice is done to me, and those of us who have served the nation in war times and peace times through it all without any complaints. So called windfall offset for SS benefit that was earned with my and my familyís blood, sweat and tears and I know there are many other veterans who feel the same way.

Thank you for being a great advocate for those who served our nation, and we will always remember your great service to our country! Thanks again for your attention on the matter above.

Sincerely,

Nelson Matos
Please repeal GPO which harms widows who were low paid teachers. My small pension will not pay my basic bills without my husband's social security.