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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The offset really hurt my budget since I retired. A long standing Civil service worker 36 years.
worked too long for this to occur. Taking away my spouse benefits .
I came into teaching in my late forties, after working many years and paying social security. I have no other pension from any other jobs, only my teachers pension for 16 years of teaching. Obviously without a full teaching pension, my monthly check is comparatively small compared to a full teacher's pension. Teachers who become teachers later in life should be entitled to the SS benefits they paid for earlier in their careers. We paid in!
I am a retired educator. I really do need my full social security benefits at my age.
WEP is theft. Stop it.
I worked for twenty years before changing professions. I should be entitled to full social security benefits.
I worked over 20 years under social security and believe I should receive full ss benefits like private pensioners with multiple retirement benefits
I started working before I was 10 years old. Being the son of a lobster fisherman and a bookkeeper, money was always tight in the 50’s and 60’s. All through elementary and high school, I worked consistently at any work offered. I knew that my retirement was dependent on the quarters and the amount earned. I worked through my college years to pay for my expenses. My parents helped as they could, but fishing was not a lucrative business.

When I started teaching, in 1972, the pay was very low. I worked at every opportunity to be able to support my family. I knew that teacher retirement was fairly low and I could augment that with my social security earned while working other jobs. I was never made aware that somewhere along the line, I would be screwed by politicians to buy votes for the vast non-working cancer in this country and to support illegals and terrorists- think Boston Marathon.

I have finally retired after about 39 years. I don’t expect to live high on the hog, but just to meet my meager expenses, I need to, at least, get a part time job. The change in the law was never well advertised, which seems to hint of not being a fully open process and in violation of the equal protection aspect of the Constitution. Oh, does anyone in government even know what the Constitution is or the reasons for each section there-in?

It seems that the government is doing all in its power to punish those stupid enough to actually go to work every day. This reminds me of the statement made by one of the great intellects of the government, “For every dollar spent on unemployment, you get $1.67 back.” If that was the case, why didn’t the government lay off the country? Wouldn’t that eliminate the 19 trillion debt??

As the statement presented to the Congress from the Committee for Social Security Fairness dated 4/15/14, summarizes reasons for the immediate repeal of the punitive Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision conclusion:

GPO/WEP fail to meet their original intent—to provide equitable pension allocations and achieve substantial savings for the Social Security system.

The GPO/WEP reduce or eliminate Social Security only for some, while others are allowed to receive a second pension with no reduction or elimination of benefits. In addition, often those in the public sector with a second pension have higher incomes than those penalized by GPO/WEP. This reduction or elimination is based on flawed logic

The public workers who are not allowed to pay into the FICA system not only suffer from the loss of increased benefits that those years of additional Social Security earnings would give them, they also have the Social Security pension they have earned in other employment reduced or eliminated. This is done with no regard to their overall pension income

The decision of many public pensions not to participate in the Social Security System was
made long before the existence of the GPO/WEP, making the GPO/WE