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CalRTA Efforts to Repeal the WEP/GPO

~  January 2014 Update

Thank you for your efforts to gain co-sponsors for this CalRTA equity legislation! CalRTA’s highest federal priority is to repeal penalties on earned Social Security benefits. One half of the California Congressional Delegation has now co-sponsored the Social Security Fairness Act that is H.R. 1795 and S. 896. These bills would restore benefits to their full level.

Here are the California co-sponsors:

Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28]*

Rep. Hahn, Janice [D-CA-44]

Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51]

Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]

Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]

Rep. Swalwell, Eric [D-CA-15]

Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]

Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]

Rep. Hunter, Duncan D. [R-CA-50]

Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]

Rep. Farr, Sam [D-CA-20]

Rep. Honda, Michael M. [D-CA-17]

Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39]

Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26]

Rep. Capps, Lois [D-CA-24]

Rep. Waxman, Henry A. [D-CA-33]

Rep. Garamendi, John [D-CA-3]

Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9]

Rep. Cardenas, Tony [D-CA-29]

Rep. Miller, Gary G. [R-CA-31]

Rep. Ruiz, Raul [D-CA-36]

Rep. Costa, Jim [D-CA-16]

Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]

Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38]

Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]

Rep. Valadao, David G. [R-CA-21]

Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30]

* Original Co-Sponsor

 

~  August 2013 Update

Social Security Fairness Act, H.R. 1795, has been introduced in the House of Representatives. The Act would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO). Please ask your Congressional Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 1795 or thank him/her for the support.

S. 896 has been introduced in the Senate. This is the companion piece of legislation to repeal the WEP/GPO. Senator Boxer has signed on as a co-sponsor. Please thank her! Click HERE for a link to her website.  Senator Feinstein has yet to renew her support. Please remind her how unfair these penalties are. Contact options: Email via her websiteList of her offices within California

Letters/postcards/emails - here are some talking points to include in your communications

Members Share Their Stories - read how the WEP/GPO are affecting real people in this blog.

 

~  April 2013 

April 3 Lobby Day Photo Album – CalRTA was YOUR voice in Washington during Lobby Day 2013!

WEP/GPO Informational Flyer (PDF file)

 

~ Reference Materials

2010 Testimony in Washington DC – CalRTA’s Legislative Advocate David Walrath testified before the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. He explained how the Social Security penalties (the Windfall Elmination Provision and the Government Pension Offset) have a devastating effect on hundreds of retired educators.

Click HERE to see the video of his testimony.

2010 Written testimony – CalRTRA submitted written testimony and position papers to the U.S.  House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security to be part of the official record from the hearing on Social Security.

Click HERE to view the document.