Sample letter for HR 82

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Sample letter for HR 82

The Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) penalize people who have dedicated their lives to public service, including many teachers, firefighters, police officers, nurses, correctional officers, and other deserving retirees by taking away benefits they, or their spouses, have EARNED because they also earned a public employee pension.

The percentage deducted from each paycheck as a public employee was substantial, as we worked to fund our pensions.

Many of us also paid into Social Security before, during, and after our career of service to the public.

If we had stopped working, or if we had accrued a private pension, we would receive our full SS benefit, but because we decided to work in the public sector MOST of our SS benefit is taken away from us!

Several legislators have recognized the unfairness of these 40-year-old laws and have introduced legislation to repeal WEP and GPO. Representative Rodney Davis (R) (IL) has introduced HR 82, “The Social Security Fairness Act “.

Also, Senator Sherrod Brown (D) (OH) has introduced the companion bill to the Senate, SB 1302.

PLEASE co-sponsor and support HR 82.

Telling your own story and how your life has been affected by WEP and GPO can be effective, too. So, add your own story!

 

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