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Davis’ bipartisan Social Security reform bill has 231 co-sponsors

The majority of the US House of Representatives now supports the bipartisan Social Security Fairness Act of 2021, sponsored by US Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL).

“It’s great to see a majority of my colleagues in the House co-sponsor our bipartisan bill,” said Rep. Davis, who introduced HR 82 in January with original US co-sponsor Abigail Spanberger (D-VA). On October 12, the bill has 231 co-sponsors.

“The Social Security Fairness Act ensures that public servants, such as police officers who have second jobs or change careers after years of service, will not face a potential 40 percent reduction in their Social Security benefits,” the congressman said.

If passed, HR 82 would repeal provisions that reduce Social Security benefits for individuals who receive other benefits, such as a state or local government pension. Specifically, HR 82 would eliminate the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Retirement Compensation (GPO).

The WEP reduces the earned Social Security benefits of a person who also receives a public pension for a job not covered by Social Security. The GPO affects the spousal benefits of people who work as federal, state, or local government employees — including educators, police officers, and firefighters — if the job isn’t covered by Social Security, and reduces by two-thirds the benefit earned. received by surviving spouses who also collect a government pension, according to information provided by Rep. davis.

“By repealing these outdated provisions that unfairly penalize public employees in Illinois, we can provide retirees with some security while helping recruit the next generation of officials,” said Rep. davis. “I will continue to build support for our bill and hope the House leadership will vote on it soon.”

On October 12, U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) became the latest member to sign up as a co-sponsor of HR 82.

“Preserving Social Security benefits for the men and women who rely on them — including civil servants who have devoted their professional careers to public service — and getting our country back on a fiscally responsible path are critical, not just for today’s seniors. , but also for generations to come,” said Rep. new house.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association and the Fraternal Order of Police also support HR 82.

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