More on next week's Social Security hearing in Washington, how you can help
Date Posted: 3/17/2016 | Author: Jennifer Mitchell, CAE
On Tuesday, March 22, the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security will be discussing Social Security provisions that affect certain educators and other public sector employees. As we reported yesterday, the meeting will include consideration of H.R. 711, the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act, filed by Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) to try to help public employees who are affected by current Social Security offsets. This is a very positive development for educators and others. What's the hearing about? Some educators have been employed in positions in which they paid into Social Security, making them eligible for a Social Security benefit upon requirement, but they also qualify for pension benefits through the state's Teacher Retirement System. These individuals are subject to what's known as the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), and it reduces the amount of Social Security benefits they may receive. Congressman Brady's H.R. 711 would get rid of the WEP and replace it with a formula that factors in a person’s actual earnings and contributions to Social Security. It is the latest development in ongoing efforts to help Texas educators get relief from the unfair consequences of the WEP. ATPE has long supported these efforts and we're thankful that Congressman Brady, who now chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, is making progress to secure passage of H.R. 711. Tuesday's hearing is a major step forward, and ATPE is looking forward to attending it and visiting with members of our delegation in Washington. How can you help? Thirteen members of Texas's congressional delegation listed below have not yet pledged their support for H.R. 711. We encourage you to contact them and ask them to support this legislation that will help educators avoid being unfairly penalized and having their Social Security benefits reduced. Politely educate them on how the WEP affects you and let them know how much you would appreciate seeing your benefits increase through the passage of the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act.
- Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX-5) - call 202-225-3484
- Rep. Joe Barton (TX-6) - call 202-225-2002
- Rep. Al Green (TX-9) - call 202-225-7508
- Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX-13) - call 202-225-3706
- Rep. Ruben Hinojosa Jr. (TX-15) - call 202-225-2531
- Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) - call 202-225-1915
- Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25) - call 202-225-9896
- Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28) - call 202-225-2640
- Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) - call 202-225-8885
- Rep. John Carter (TX-31) - call 202-225-3864
- Rep. Pete Sessions (TX-32) - call 202-225-2231
- Rep. Marc Veasey (TX-33) - call 202-225-9897
- Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX-35) - call 202-225-4865
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