Social Security

Articles about Social Security that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees

WEP/GPO Repeal: Nears Majority In House

- 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.

Social Security Overhaul

- 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.

Shaw's WEP Compromise Falls

JULY 2004
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.

Retirees Keep Pressure On Congress

JULY 2004
- Mass. Delegation On Board - Members from all corners of the country have received the message put
forth by Association President Ralph White - to keep the pressure on
your local Congressman to repeal both the Government Pension Offset
(GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).

Vote Sought On GPO/WEP Repeal

MAY 2004 - Association Presses Congress to Act - With
much of Washington now focused on the ongoing Presidential and
Congressional election campaigns, the Association has stepped up its
efforts to press for action on both the Government Pension Offset (GPO)
and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) laws.

Members Turn Out On Florida's Gold Coast

MARCH 2004
- Key Congressional Aide Speaks To GPO/WEP Issue - Association members on Florida's "Gold Coast" flocked to our annual
Pompano Beach meeting in early January. Chaired by Association
President Ralph White and Legislative Liaison Shawn Duhamel, the
meeting drew some 400 retirees and guests.

Social Security Remains Hot Topic

MARCH 2004
- State Officials Push For Federal Change - While Social Security is a national program that is governed entirely
by federal law, several state legislators are doing what they can to
push Congress towards repealing both the Government Pension Offset
(GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).

GPO and WEP Explained: Q & A

- Answers to Most Frequently Asked Questions - Over the course of the years that our Association has been fighting
to repeal Social Security's GPO (Government Pension Offset) and WEP
(Windfall Elimination Provision), we have received hundreds of
communications from our members and other interested parties. Here are
some of the most frequent questions and our answers to them. (Editor's Note: Periodically we offer an explanation of the GPO and WEP for our new members and as a refresher for all of us.)


Lobbyists Take To Capitol Hill

- GPO/WEP Laws Addressed - Marking the next step in our battle to repeal the dreaded Government
Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) laws, the
Association has recently traveled to Washington to meet with federal
officials on the issue of Social Security benefits.

Association Mounts Pressure On Congress

- Day in and day out, the Association receives scores of calls, letters
and emails from members who are adversely affected by Social Security's
so-called "anti-double dipping" laws. Many members relate stories as to
the negative impact these federal laws have had on their lives.