Letter: Time to assist retirees being harmed by the Windfall Elimination Provision

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Laws has been reintroduced within the U.S. Home of Representatives to reform the Social Safety Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). It’s H.R. 4260: To amend Title II of the Social Safety Act to supply an equitable Social Safety formulation for people with non-covered employment and to supply reduction for people at present affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision. This invoice is sponsored by Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts and is in solely the primary stage of the legislative course of. It was launched into Congress on June 21. It will likely be thought-about by the Home Methods and Means Committee subsequent earlier than being despatched to the total Home or Senate.  

Each Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden have signed on as co-sponsors. I feel WEP is unfair and have to be modified. Final 12 months was a misplaced alternative to assist these retirees who’re being harmed by WEP. Ideological rigidness and get together politics prevented any compromise of methods to pay for reform. Rep. Neal is now being requested to work on a revision of H.R. 4260 to incorporate a reform of the Authorities Pension Offset (GPO). In actuality, I count on there can be little accomplished till 2025 due to a contentious presidential election and political infighting in 2024. However let your voice be heard and don’t allow them to neglect you exist!

Karen E. Holmes