Hundreds of thousands of educators, police officers, fire fighters, and other public service employees lose the Social Security benefits they’ve earned or have them significantly reduced due to two federal offsets known as the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). This loss of benefits is a real blow to many public service employees, and NEA has long advocated repealing GPO-WEP.
Recognizing and respecting the contributions of educators and other public employees, a group of Senators last week came forward to cosponsor legislation that would eliminate the unfair penalties attached to public service. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), along with original cosponsors Sens. Blumenthal (D-CT), Baldwin (D-WI), Franken (D-MN), Heller (R-NV), Hirono (D-HI), Murkowski (R-AK), Reed (D-RI), Udall (D-NM), Vitter (R-LA), Warren (D-MA) and Whitehouse (D-RI), introduced the Social Security Fairness Act of 2015 (S. 1651), previously introduced in the House (H.R. 973) by Representatives Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Adam Schiff (D-CA).
This legislation would repeal GPO-WEP—provisions that penalize people who have dedicated their lives to public education and other public service careers by taking away benefits they have earned. The House version of the bill currently has 107 cosponsors, a larger number than has ever signed on before to support this critical legislation.
Most of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation has already signed on as cosponsors of this legislation, however Senator Chris Murphy and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro’s names are missing from the list. Please email them and ask them to support the Social Security Fairness Act of 2015.