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TELL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO SUPPORT, CO-SPONSOR BILL REPEALING GPO/WEP PENALTIES

Social Security is the cornerstone of economic security for nearly 54 million Americans. It belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives, contributed to the program, and relied on the promise that they and their family will be able to collect benefits when they retire, experience a severe disability, or die. Even though the benefits are modest - averaging $14,000 a year - they represent more than half the income for six out of ten recipients. The Strengthening Social Security Act of 2013 (S. 567/ H.R. 3118), introduced by Senator Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Sanchez (D-CA), not only improves the standard of living for current and future beneficiaries, but it would extend the solvency of one of our country's most successful anti-poverty programs.

The bipartisan Social Security Fairness Act of 2013 (H.R. 1795/S. 896) would repeal the Government Pension Offset (GPO), which reduces public employees’ Social Security spousal or survivor benefits by two-thirds of their public pension, and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), which reduces the earned Social Security benefits of an individual who also receives a public pension from a job not covered by Social Security. GPO and WEP are unfair—they deprive educators and other public employees of Social Security benefits they have earned. 





 

REPEAL SOCIAL SECURITY OFFSETS BACKGROUND AND ADVOCACY TOOLS 

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Co-sponsor and support the Strengthening Social Security Act of 2013

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Urge your Members of Congress to repeal the GPO and WEP

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Penalties for Public Service

Penalties for Public Service
See for yourself how unfair laws threaten the retirement security of educators. Women are disproportionately impacted. Tell Congress to support the Social Security Fairness Act and repeal laws that discourage qualified educators from the profession.


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