Articles about Social Security that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees
Joins Kerry & Mass. Delegation On Key Issue
JULY 2012 VOICE: U.S. Senator Scott Brown has joined his Massachusetts colleague, Senator John Kerry, in support of federal legislation that would repeal both the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO).
MASS. Retirement Delegation Takes To Capitol
MAY 2012 VOICE: Protecting Social Security, while working to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO), remains on the policy radar screens of all 10 Massachusetts Congressmen, as well as U.S. Senator John Kerry.
Files Bipartisan WEP/GPO Repeal Bill
MARCH 2012 VOICE: For the thousands of retirees impacted by the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) or Government Pension Offset (GPO), calendar year 2011 ended in disappointment after the issues were, once again, not addressed by Congress.
Takes Lead In Senate With Maine’s Collins
JANUARY 10, 2012: Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has filed legislation calling for the full repeal of the dreaded Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO). S2010, cosponsored by Republican Susan Collins of Maine, places Kerry in a leading role on the issue of Social Security fairness.
JANUARY 2012 VOICE: With the Super Committee’s failure to reach a deal that would have reduced the federal deficit by at least $1.5 trillion over 10 years, will we see any major changes in either Social Security or Medicare before the November ‘12 national elections? Those changes would include any repeal or reform of Social Security’s Offset and Windfall Laws.
Potential Targets: Social Security & Medicare
NOVEMBER 2011 VOICE: In early August, the US Congress and President Obama reached a compromise agreement to raise the Federal Debt Ceiling, as well as cut an immediate $900 billion in federal spending. The compromise also created a 12-member Congressional “Super Committee” tasked with cutting at least another $1.5 trillion in federal spending over 10 years.
Fifty-five million Social Security beneficiaries will receive a 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment next year, the U.S. government said today.
The COLA increase, the first since 2009, takes effect in January. Eight million Americans participating in the Supplemental Security Income program, which provides cash assistance to the blind and disabled poor, will receive the same 3.6 percent boost.
GOP Speaker Hails From Non Social Security State
JANUARY 2011 VOICE: The shift in power in the US House of Representatives could prove to be a mixed bag for those hoping for swift action on the Social Security Windfall (WEP) and Offset (GPO) reform bills.
Association Continues Building Support For Repeal
JULY 2009: As talk of reforming America’s retirement safety net continues to grow, Association officials have stepped up efforts to build a strong and broad national coalition of organizations to support a repeal of both the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO).
NOVEMBER 2007: Kerry Supports Social Security Hearing. In politics, it is often said that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. On the issue of Senate hearings on the repeal of the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO), the voice of Association members has been heard loud and clear.