Articles about Social Security that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees
NOVEMBER 2005 - Impact Felt On Legislative Front - Autumn was supposed to mark the beginning of the end for the dreadful Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). But that was before the two-thirds of the US Gulf Coast was devastated by two late-summer hurricanes.
SEPTEMBER 2005 - WEP/GPO Strategy Unfolds - As top Republican congressional leaders back away from the issue of diverting Social Security funds into so-called "private accounts", optimism is building that a reform bill may be acted on later this year.
- Retirement Officials Oppose Mandate - With the winds of change swirling around Washington on the issue of
Social Security, Massachusetts retirement officials are keeping a
watchful eye on developments in the nation's capitol. Even though the
fate of President Bush's plan to “reform” Social Security is yet to be
known, the danger of the state's mandatory inclusion in Social Security
is not something to be taken lightly.
- Now Supported By Majority In House - Legislation that would repeal both the Windfall Elimination Provision
(WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO) has quickly gained the
support of a majority of members of the US House of Representatives.
- MA Congressman Neal Also To Serve On Subcommittee - With the start of the 109th (2005-2006) congressional session, a new
important face has emerged in the Social Security debate and our fight
to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government
Pension Offset (GPO) laws. He is Jim McCrery - a Louisiana congressman
since 1988 who is now the chairman of the powerful Social Security
Subcommittee. Editor's Note: Louisiana is one of the seven states,
including Massachusetts, whose public employees are not covered by
- Questions Posed As GOP Majority Increases - No sooner had the 2004 Election ended than did the phones in the
Association's Beacon Hill office begin to ring. Instead of calling to
inquire about the election itself, members wanted to know what the
reelection of President George W. Bush, combined with a Republican
dominated Congress, would mean for Social Security reform.
- Members Urged To Remain Vigilant - Now that the 2004 Presidential Election is just weeks away, progress
on the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination
Provision (WEP) laws has stalled before the Congress.
- Efforts are still underway to push forward with a complete repeal of
both the WEP, as well as the GPO. H.R. 594, which combines the repeal
of both the WEP and GPO in a single bill, remains the target of a House
discharge petition. Still short of the 218 votes needed to force the
bill to the House floor for a vote, the bill continues to draw support
from across the country.
- Slow, Yet Steady, Progress - Progress on the legislative front can often be measured in inches, as
the wheels of government slowly move forward. For the thousands of
Association members, affected by the Government Pension Offset (GPO)
and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) laws, the legislative process
may best be described as frustrating and at times simply painful.
Short Of Needed Relief - As a result of the mounting pressure to take action on the GPO and
WEP, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Social Security, E. Clay
Shaw (R-FL) has proposed a compromise of sorts. Under the plan put
forth by Shaw in mid-May, the House would repeal the WEP and replace it
with a new means of calculating Social Security benefits.