Social Security

Articles about Social Security that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees

Retirees Heard Loud And Clear

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.

Senator Kerry Backs Away From Hearing

Sept 2007 - Waits for Overhaul - Although Senator John Kerry co-sponsored bills that would permanently repeal both the WEP and GPO, which we reported in the July issue of the Voice, it now appears that the Senator would rather address the legislation within the context of an overhaul to the Social Security System.

WEP/GPO Repeal Association Reaches Out

2007 MAY - With support growing in the US House of Representatives for
a full repeal of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government
Pension Offset (WEP), Association officials continue to reach out and
strengthen alliances with organizations and groups, across the country, that
also oppose these two laws.

Congress Starts Fast on WEP/GPO Repeal

2007 MAR - New Social Security Chairman Named - Members, affected by Social Security’s WEP (Windfall Elimination Provision) or GPO (Government Pension Offset), will be pleased to hear that bills to repeal both laws have not only  been refiled in the Congress, but have already received overwhelming support. On the first day of the current (110th) session, California Congressmen, Democrat Howard Berman and Republican Howard “Buck” McKeon, filed the bipartisan House bill (H.R. 82) to repeal the WEP/GPO outright.

DEMOCRATS CONTROL WEP/GPO PROSPECTS

JAN 2007 - Like many members, retired Marshfield teacher Edris Kelley had held out hope that change would come to the power structure in Washington, D.C., sooner rather than later. While the life-long Democrat longed for political change, it was not based entirely on partisan principles alone.

Members,
who have been impacted by the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO), have grown increasingly frustrated by the lack of progress on Capitol Hill with legislation to provide relief from the two devastating laws.

Effort Underway to Force Floor Vote on WEP/GPO Repeal

NOV 2006 - Members Urged To Call Congressmen - “This may be our last chance in ‘06 to get something done
on WEP/GPO Repeal,” states Association President Ralph White. The ‘this,” to
which White is referring, is the effort now underway in the Congress to force a
vote on WEP/GPO Repeal.

WEP GPO Relief

SEPTEMBER 2006 - Courts Are Not The Answer - As Washington focuses more and more
upon the mid-term elections in November, the likelihood
of meaningful action on controversial domestic
issues, such as Social Security, lessens. This
has prompted some members to question whether it
would be more effective to challenge Social Security’s
Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government
Pension Offset (GPO) in the courts, rather than
continuing the effort exclusively with the Congress.

Taking Issue With Fed Over GPO/WEP

JULY 06 - Social Security Justifies Laws - Association officials, along with representatives from other non Social Security states, strongly took issue with the remarks of a Social Security Administration official, which seemed to justify the existence of the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) laws.

New Tactic To Spur GPO/WEP Repeal

MAY 2006 - Coordinated Efforts With Congressional Delegation - Following a series of winter meetings in Washington, DC, the Association has launched a new campaign aimed at spurring action on the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (GPO).

Social Security Update: Association Pushes WEP/GPO Repeal At Summit

MARCH 2006 - As we went to press in early February, Association officers were gearing up for a major legislative summit in Washington DC. With Social Security having ended up on the back burner after the string of natural disasters last fall, the conference is our latest attempt to refocus Congress on the issue.