I urge you to fully repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO), which are unjust penalties that financially harm millions of retirees across our great nation. As you already know, this bipartisan bill will fully repeal both penalties.
I would like to point out that the WEP penalizes by as much as 50 percent the earned Social Security benefits of foreign pension recipients. Among the 50 States, this is the fourth largest group that is wrongly affected by the WEP. This group consists of legal immigrants who first earned a foreign pension, came to the States, and then earned a Social Security pension. It also consists of American citizens who earned a foreign pension and then earned a Social Security pension.
As a Polish American, I know of many in our community who are unjustly penalized by the WEP. Please also note that there are many legal immigrants of other countries who are similarly denied the benefits they legitimately earned because of the WEP.
We need the members of the Ways and Means Committee to help move the repeal forward by signing H. Res. 1367 and working with the Senate Finance Committee to put WEP and GPO repeal into an omnibus. A Discharge Petition was filed for H.R. 82, “Social Security Fairness Act of 2021”, through a special rule, H. Res. 1367, to trigger a vote on H.R. 82. As there is no other bill that fully repeals the WEP and GPO penalties, we are counting on our elected officials to act on the voice of the American people and 305 of their elected officials by fully repealing the WEP and GPO.