The Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) deprive nearly 9 million hard-working Americans of the Social Security benefits they have earned — educators, police officers, firefighters, and other employees of state and local governments who dedicate their lives to public service. The GPO reduces public employees’ Social Security spousal or survivor benefits by two-thirds of their public pension; the WEP reduces the Social Security benefits of people who also receive public pensions from jobs not covered by Social Security.
NEA strongly supports the Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 1205), introduced in the 115th Congress by Rep. Rodney Davis (D-IL), which would fully repeal both the GPO and WEP.
The Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act (H.R. 711), introduced in the 114th Congress, would create new winners and losers — for examples, see the document in the resources section at right, “Impact of the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act (H.R. 711) on current and future retirees.”