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Repeal the WEP/GPO Penalties and Protect Earned Social Security Benefits

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WHEREAS, After 1965, California?s educators were not allowed to participate in the Federal Social Security System; and
WHEREAS, The State Teachers? Retirement System is not coordinated with the Federal Social Security System; and
WHEREAS, The benefits of certain members of the Public Employees? Retirement System and retirement systems established pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 are not coordinated with the Federal Social Security System; and
WHEREAS, The public safety officers? retirement plans are uniquely designed to address the special needs of their professions, including firefighters? unique employment characteristics, such as the physical demands of the job, which ultimately result in higher injury rates and permanent disabilities; and
WHEREAS, The Social Security Act includes two penalties, the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), that reduce the Social Security benefits payable to persons who are entitled to benefits under other retirement systems, and which directly controvert the designed intention of these California public retirement system plans; and
WHEREAS, These provisions penalize individuals who move from private sector employment into teaching, public safety, and other careers in public service; and
WHEREAS, These provisions penalize individuals who earned Social Security benefits through their own employment prior to or after public service by denying earned benefits; and
WHEREAS, The elimination of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision would greatly improve the opportunities for hiring and retaining teachers, peace officers, firefighters, and other public employees in California; and
WHEREAS, The elimination of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision would provide economic stimulus across California by providing earned retirement benefits to public servants in every region of this state during this time of continuing slow economic growth;

The WEP/GPO:
? Penalizes public employees in all 50 states;
? Denies earned and paid for benefits;
? Penalizes widows and widowers by up to 100% loss of survivor benefits;

Congress must act now to provide Social Security Solvency and Fairness.

Congress must act to repeal the WEP/GPO and protect earned and paid for Social Security benefits.

We the undersigned want Congress to act to provide Social Security Solvency and Fairness by repealing the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset.
Public Comments
Oct 21st, 2016
Georgette P. from Strongsville, OH signed.
Oct 19th, 2016
Someone from Brookpark, OH signed.
Oct 19th, 2016
Deborah K. from Cleveland, OH signed.
Oct 19th, 2016
Christine A. from Lagrange, OH signed.
Oct 19th, 2016
Rose K. from Strongsville, OH signed.
Oct 18th, 2016
Someone from Strongsville, OH signed.
Oct 18th, 2016
Someone from Shawnee, KS writes:
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Why doesn't Senator Pat Toomey's S 3303 include TEACHERS ??? WEP & GPO should be REPEALED for ALL.....FireFighters, Police Officers....and TEACHERS.....ESPECIALLY WIDOWS !!!
Oct 18th, 2016
Pam B. from Shawnee, KS writes:
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Why doesn't Senator Pat Toomey's S 3303 include TEACHERS ??? WEP & GPO should be REPEALED for ALL.....FireFighters, Police Officers....and TEACHERS.....ESPECIALLY WIDOWS !!!
Oct 18th, 2016
Someone from High Point, NC writes:
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I'm tired of being treated as a second-class citizen, when it comes to Social Security. Repeal WEP-GPO now.
Oct 16th, 2016
Marilyn B. from Canton, OH writes:
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I am a retired teacher with a very small pension. Due to WEP, I am unable to have a spouse's Social Security pension. However, spouses that have not worked are entitled to this type of pension. I paid into my pension as well as the district where I taught. In addition I pay more for my Medicare premiums and the reason I was given "you do not receive a Social Security check". This does not seem fair!!!
Oct 14th, 2016
lizzie d. from Bastrop, LA writes:
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I agree with all of the above. I am currently retired after 32 years of public service. I have a small pension. I had to go ahead and retire because my husband had terminal cancer. I nursed him until death and I can not receive any of hi ss income due to the wep and gpo guidelines. I am doing everything I can to cut back on bills with one income . it is very hard on me. this passing of this policy would surely give me some relief.
Oct 13th, 2016
Tim F. from Moline, IL writes:
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I'm signing
Oct 12th, 2016
Sharon W. from Atlanta, GA writes:
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Congress must act now to provide Social Security Solvency and Fairness. Congress must act to repeal the WEP/GPO and protect earned and paid for Social Security benefits.
Oct 12th, 2016
Sharon W. from Denham Springs, LA writes:
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Repeal!!!!!
Oct 9th, 2016
Someone from Shawnee, KS writes:
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WIDOWS NEED HELP NOW! Kent Conrad and James Lockhart....think that Soc Security should be MORE FAIR to Widowed Women! Conrad thinks widowed women should GET THEIR OWN BENEFITS and 3/4 of their DECEASED SPOUSE'S BENEFITS! This model for Soc Sec would keep Widowed Women OUT OF POVERTY!!! REPEAL: WEP & GPO for Widowed Women WHO TEACH IN MISSOURI! Tell Congressmen to PASS: HR 973 & S 1651. OR....Time To Correct the MATH FOR WEP....per Kevin Brady's HR 711.
Oct 7th, 2016
Cheryl S. from Huntingtown, MD writes:
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I served for the Federal Govt. under CSRS for 28 years at the time I retired. Through my Federal career and well after retirement, I worked a variety of jobs, some full time, and more than earned my 40 quarters. Well, unfortunately, I qualified for Social Security Disability at the age of 60. Because of WEP/GPO, I only receive $211/month from SSD until I reach 66, at which time all of that monthly stipend will be sent to Medicare, giving me NO benefit for earning my 40+ quarters of social security. They took $435 approx. away from me because of WEP and said that I probably would not be able to collect ANY of my husband SS (30 FERS) because they would reduce his benefit by 2/3 and I would not qualify to receive his. How is this fair? I love how Congress just changes to rules whenever it fits their purpose. Did you know that CSRS retirees up to 1983 receive their full SS benefit without any WEP/GOP? I paid into SS for over 40 quarters pre and post retirement and will not, by the time I die, receive close to what I put in. This is not legal, moral, ethical to harass hard working Federal employees under a retirement plan invented by the Govt to steal the SS withholdings put in my people willing to work pre and post retirement to earn quarters. When will this be changed:
Oct 4th, 2016
Mike T. from Cranston, RI signed.
Oct 1st, 2016
Kenneth B. from Brick, NJ writes:
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The WEP/GPO must be repealed. It is totally illegal in my opinion. I had requested it in (The Plain Writing Act) from Obama and not received it. This was not made to take money away from poor hard working people. If you pay into SS you should receive what you are entitled to, including spousal benefits. It should have nothing to do with any Government jobs which your paid into a different retirement plan. This is the United States of America, where everybody is supposed to be treated equal. This makes working for the Government a disgrace. It is no different then me saving for future by stuffing my mattress and the Government coming and taking it out. The WEP/GPO, in my opinion is like a Felon, convicted and still out on bail for thirty-five years. This Repeal should be acted upon "Now". As I previously mentioned, this law is in my opinion illegal. If you take money from what the people paid for, it is called stealing.
Oct 1st, 2016
Someone from Estes Park, CO writes:
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Because I worked 15 years paying into Social Security and 30 years as w public employee, my SS benefit will barely be $400.00 a month and when my husband dies, I will have no spousal benefit. This is not what we've worked all our lives for. Please make this fair..
Sep 30th, 2016
Patty V. from Santa Barbara, CA writes:
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I have worked part time in jobs that gave me earnings in both SSA and CALSTRS all of my adult life. I have paid into SSA and CALSTRS equally. Neither one of them alone is enough to live on in retirement. I just want what is due to me, what I have paid in nothing more. As the law is SSA can reduce my benefit just because I have worked and paid into CALSTRS even though that work was never full time. The California Community College system made sure my hours were part time so they didn't have to pay benefits. I have paid into Medicare equally. This needs to be looked at and amended for the reality we are living. Please make it fair.
Sep 29th, 2016
keith b. from El Cajon, CA writes:
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My contributions to SSA prior to state service represent half of my adult life and were supposed to be an investment in my future. It is not our fault the money was squandered for other causes.
Sep 25th, 2016
Someone from Howell, MI signed.
Sep 17th, 2016
Someone from Homerville, OH writes:
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I WORKED1979TIL1/22/14 UNDER SOCIAL SECURITY and from7/10/89 til 1/22/14 under opers.I became disabled1/22/14. My Social security was cut by $402/month I'm struggling in my retired life.THIS ISN'T FAIR. REPEAL WEP AND GPO,IF I DIE MY WIFE GETS NOTHINGTRY AND PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES. ITS NOT LIKE I DIDN'TWORK AND CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY SOCIAL SECURITY AND OPERS. SOMEBODY HELP
Sep 16th, 2016
Someone from Hammond, IL signed.
Sep 16th, 2016
Someone from Napa, CA signed.
Sep 15th, 2016
Someone from Winchester, KY writes:
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I worked in the private sector until I was 38. I became a teacher in 2005 in Kentucky. I will have 27 years in as a teacher when I turn 65 (if I make it that far). However, my wife and I will be screwed because of WEP/GPO. Abolish WEP/GPO now!
Sep 14th, 2016
Someone from Smithtown, NY signed.
Sep 13th, 2016
Someone from Somerville, OH writes:
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I feel the WEP is not fair. It is not the same in every state, so employees in Ohio are getting cheated out of their SS while other state employees are getting it.
Sep 12th, 2016
Someone from Los Altos, CA signed.
Sep 8th, 2016
Someone from San Antonio, TX signed.
Sep 7th, 2016
Someone from Madisonville, TN signed.
Sep 6th, 2016
Someone from Scottsburg, IN signed.
Sep 6th, 2016
Someone from Ontario, CA signed.
Sep 2nd, 2016
Someone from San Diego, CA signed.
Sep 2nd, 2016
Someone from Madisonville, TN writes:
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Repeal this outdated law!! If these folks paid into the system, as I have, they should get the full benefit of the system.
Sep 2nd, 2016
Someone from Woonsocket, RI writes:
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Include workers pain by a town but not included in SSDI disability benefits when needed due to outdated and unfair 10 year look back for quarters earned.
Sep 2nd, 2016
Someone from Tracy, CA writes:
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WEP. A "Windfall" is if I win the lottery. Reducing my SS benefits using a manufactured formula is absolutely criminal. I paid into the system in good faith. Worked hard. Now SSA decides they don't want to pay me what I earned. Shameful!!
Sep 1st, 2016
Someone from Aurora, IN writes:
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stop the stealing of ss that is rightfully ours!!!
Aug 30th, 2016
Someone from Arlington, TX signed.
Aug 30th, 2016
Someone from Delray Beach, FL signed.

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