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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Everyone should be entitled to what they have contributed!
I have worked to support myself, go to college, support my children, and send them to college over the years by working a second job. Teaching alone didn't pay a salary that would cover all that. After retiring from public school, I now am teaching in private school to give myself a better retirement. I have paid into Social Security at a level that should afford me benefits just others who have worked over the last fifty years. I don't see where this is considered a "windfall". I should be able to receive the benefits of the fund I helped create.
Windfall? Seriously? What windfall? Does Congress even realize that so many of us retired feeling lucky to collect $2,000-$2500/mo. pensions for us and our family to live on, and many of us were counting on the social security check we had earned--by working two or more jobs to make ends meet while teaching--to help us each month? Because of WEP, my monthly social security check is a mere $81 /month--Because it would have been a windfall???. Moreover, because of the GPO, I can't collect one red cent from my former husband's earnings because I am collecting "too much" of a pension from teaching 30 years! I think my definition of what constitutes a windfall and the definition of windfall by both former and current members of congress must differ by a couple hundred thousands of dollars!!!
I am a retired government worker that is being penalized for working for the government. I do not make as much between SSN and my retirement as someone who did not have government service. Why should we be punished for being a public servant. This WEP need to be repealed because it is unfair to government retirees.
This provision is stealing thousands of pension dollars that I contributed to Railroad Retirement, after I'd paid in... It is literally a law retroactively taking of the pension benefits that I had already earned.
A retired teacher, divorced, small pension, SS was reduced to 225 a month, 0 from ex spouse of gov. Off set, at poverty level, I paid into SS for 21 years, ex 40 years. I cry daily it is still a shock after two years retirement, I,m 67. Exhausted my savings, have to sell my home. My mortgage is 799. I am 800 in the red a month. If I had the SS promised by my letters from the Gov. Sent every two years, I would be fine, what I expected to receive when retired.
After paying into SSI for a large part of my working life, and being eligible for SS benefits, I find out that I will be penalized for serving the public as a firefighter for my local city government.
That is un-American
It is unfair to penalize spouses that worked on jobs that did not pay into social security because housewives who did not pay into social security can receive it. I am all for housewives getting benefits, but I don't believe that there should be a benefit discrimination. Either your spouse worked for this benefit or they didn't. And the fact that you have the Windfall provision to reduce social security that I have earned it totally unfair. I worked for it, at least I worked and did not depend on government assistance. It is just unfair to participate in the workforce and be penalized, especially when these jobs for the most part are essential for meeting the needs of society as a hold.