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House Ways and Means Chairman Announces Intent to Hold Hearing on Social Security Offsets!




Update on NEA's Campaign To Eliminate GPO/WEP

June 30, 2007

The Latest News:

House Ways and Means Chairman Announces Intent to Hold Hearing on Social Security Offsets!

In a June 27 letter to Representative Howard Berman (the primary sponsor of legislation to repeal the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) announced that he has asked the Subcommittee on Social Security to schedule a hearing on the offsets. In his letter, issued as a direct result of his recent meeting with Representative Berman and NEA President Reg Weaver, Chairman Rangel expressed his concern about the "very serious issues" raised by the offsets and stated that Representative Berman's repeal bill "deserves to be examined." Watch the NEA Web site for further details once the hearing has been scheduled. 

Social Security Fairness Act Reaches Record Number of Cosponsors!

The House version of the Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 82), which would completely repeal the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision, has now garnered the support of 319 bipartisan cosponsors. The Senate bill (S. 206) has 33 cosponsors. 

See the complete list of House and Senate cosponsors. 

Ongoing Action Needed:

  • Thank Members who have cosponsored the bill and remind them that we need them to continue to advocate for movement of this important legislation.

  • Urge all other Members of Congress to add their names as cosponsors to H.R. 82/S. 206.