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KEY CONGRESSIONAL January 2019
LEADERS FROM MASS
D Boost To Social Security WEP & GPO Reform Efforts
emocratic control of the US House of Representatives holds historical signi -
cance for Massachusetts. For the  rst time since 1871, a member of Congress from the Bay State will chair the House Ways and Means Committee.
In January, Congressman Richard Neal (D-Spring eld) will take the reins of House Ways and Means – historically viewed as one of the most powerful positions on Capitol Hill. A former State Rep. and Mayor of Spring eld, Neal has long been a close ally of Mass Retirees and a key supporter of our efforts to reform both the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO).
RICHARD NEAL D - SPRINGFIELD
JAMES McGOVERN D - WORCESTER
KATHERINE CLARK D - MELROSE
Neal’s ascendance to a key com- mittee chairmanship marks for the  rst time since 1994, where a member of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation held such a position of national power. South Boston’s Joe
Moakley chaired the powerful Rules Committee for six years, before the 1994 mid-term elections ushered in Republican control of the House for the  rst time since 1955.
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2019 – 2020
FRANK VALERI J ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT
anuary 1, 2019 marks the end of the previous two- year legislative session in
Massachusetts. Per the state’s con- stitution, the new session begins the  rst Wednesday of January and lasts
through the end of 2020.
The Mass Retirees legislative
team is now in the process of pre- paring the Association’s legislative proposals for the new session. This package of bills will contain those proposals  led for the 2017-18 ses- sion but were not passed into law. However, each bill is being reviewed and faces revisions aimed at increas-
ing the likelihood of successful action in the new session.
Key issues that will be part of the Association’s package will include Basic Life Insurance, Veterans Bonus Increase, Option B/C recalculation for pre-July 2004 retirees, part-time employment hours, capping out-of- pocket medical expenses and a wide
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LEGISLATIVE SESSION
SET TO BEGIN
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