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Issues & Action - Social Security Fairness Act (GPO-WEP)


The Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) penalize people who have dedicated their lives to public service by taking away benefits they have earned.  Nine out of 10 public employees affected by the GPO lose their entire spousal benefit, even though their spouse paid Social Security taxes for many years.  The WEP causes hard-working people to lose a significant portion of the benefits they earned themselves.  People who are denied Social Security by the GPO and WEP have less money to spend in their communities, and contribute less to their local economies.  Nationally, some 300,000 individuals lose an average of $3,600 a year due to the GPO -- an amount that can make the difference between self-sufficiency and poverty.  The number of people impacted continues to grow as more people reach retirement age, which means the problem -- and the danger to local ecomomies -- is growing.

Congress needs to hear from you!  Personalize one of the sample letters below to your senator or representative requesting their support. Personalize the thank you letter below if your member of Congress has agreed to co-sponsor or support to repeal this legislation. Email your member of Congress by visiting http://www.nea.org/home/16491.htm

Learn more by clicking the links below.  

GPO-WEP Flyer

What is WEP - What is GPO   

GPO-WEP Frequently Asked Questions

Resolution to Repeal GPO

NEA Legislative Action Center

Sample Messaging:

Sample letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell 

Sample letter to Sen. Paul Rand

Sample letter to Representative

Sample Thank you letter

Sample messages for social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc)

Frame - GPO and WEP penalize people

Frame - repeal message

Frame - support HR 973

Frame - support S 1651

Frame - repeal GPO-WEP for social media

 

 


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