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2015 WEP/GPO Lobby Day

WEP/GPO Lobby Day
April 15, 2015
Washington, D.C. and Local District Offices

CalRTA is sponsoring a Federal Lobby Day to take our fight for Social Security fairness and solvency directly to Washington, D.C. and district offices. There are multiple bills in the 114th Congress that could create an impact:

H.R. 973 (Davis – IL) – Would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO).  (As of 2-17-15 there are 20 California Representative co-sponsors out of the possible 49. Click HERE for the most current list.)

H.R. 711 (Brady – TX) – In an important step toward addressing the inequity caused by the WEP.

D.C. Lobby Day Registration Flyer

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Washington, D.C. Hotel and Meeting Space:
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center 

5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Virginia, 22311
Reservations: (703) 845-1010  Room rates are $175 single/double plus applicable taxes.

The hotel is near Reagan National Airport and supplies a free shuttle to/from the airport and the Metro Station.  Shuttle accessed through doors #5 and #9 in baggage claim, every 20-25 minutes.

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Washington, D.C. Schedule

April 14, 2015
7:00 p.m. – Briefing at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
April 15, 2013
8 a.m. – Briefing and Breakfast at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Meetings with Congressional Representatives and Staff
5:30 p.m. – Ongoing debriefing at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center

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Scheduling Local and Washington, D.C. Congressional Appointments
Here are some hints to assist you:

Tips for setting appointments

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Petitions for WEP / GPO Repeal

The signed petitions will be delivered both locally and in Washington, D.C.  Using photo copies, send the original (if possible) to the CalRTA office* by April 1st and keep a copy for the local district office.  Assemble the petitions with the other leave-behind materials.

Download Petition

*CalRTA Business Office mailing address: 800 Howe., Ste. 370; Sacramento, CA 95825

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Participant Information (Additional material available April 1st)

Washington D.C. participants will receive an information packet, those making local district office visits may download this material to use. Here’s some advance materials to review now.

CalRTA’s Lobby Day Participant Information
(Note – this information is for members only; you’ll need to log in prior to accessing it.)

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Background Materials

Additional background materials, including the information sheets from Social Security, are posted online.

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Write Letters Now

You don’t have to wait until April 15 to begin sharing your concerns with Congress.

Talking points for letters, postcards and emails

Find your representatives and/or contact information:

House of Representatives

U.S. Senate

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The above downloads are PDF files. You need Adobe Reader to view them. If you need to download this free software, click HERE. If you’d like a file in Word email Debbie Pate-Newberry at Debbie@commsbydesign.com.