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U.S. Senators Introduce Social Security Fairness Act to Repeal GPO-WEP

CEA-Retired member Jon-Paul Roden serves on the NEA-Retired Executive Council and travels to Washington, D.C., regularly. During his visits he meets with members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation and their staff to advocate about issues that impact both retirees and public education, including GPO-WEP.

Hundreds of thousands of educators, police officers, fire fighters, and other public service employees lose the Social Security benefits they’ve earned or have them significantly reduced due to two federal offsets known as the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). This loss of benefits is a real blow to many public service employees, and NEA has long advocated repealing GPO-WEP.

Recognizing and respecting the contributions of educators and other public employees, a group of Senators last week came forward to cosponsor legislation that would eliminate the unfair penalties attached to public service. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), along with original cosponsors Sens. Blumenthal (D-CT), Baldwin (D-WI), Franken (D-MN), Heller (R-NV), Hirono (D-HI), Murkowski (R-AK), Reed (D-RI), Udall (D-NM), Vitter (R-LA), Warren (D-MA) and Whitehouse (D-RI), introduced the Social Security Fairness Act of 2015 (S. 1651), previously introduced in the House (H.R. 973) by Representatives Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Adam Schiff (D-CA). Read more

The Future of Federal Programs and Their Impact on You and Your Classroom

Education funding, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security — federal policies affect programs that are important to teachers. At the CEA-Retired annual meeting NEA Federal Lobbyist Al Campos updated members on what’s happening in Washington when it comes to these important issues.

Watch the video below to find out what Campos had to say about the future of these programs as well as the sequester, the Government Pension Offset, and the Windfall Elimination Provision — and how educators can help shape federal policy. To contact your U.S. Senator, click here.