Sunday, June 23, 2013

WEP/GPO: Get Rid of Them--NOW!!!!

There has been talk for years and years to repeal that horrendous WEP/GPO Social Security offsets for government employees who work in jobs not paying into Social Security, but not a damned thing has been done about it.

There is a bipartisan attempt this Congress to finally DO something about this legalized theft, but again it doesn't appear it will get out of committee in the near future.

Many of us are hurting now, and many more of us will be hurting in the near future if these onerous offsets aren't repealed.

Yours truly gets a whopping $300.40 from Nevada PERS, yet will get something like 50 to 60 a month stolen from the small Social Security that will have to be taken at 62 as long as there is no full-time work on the horizon.

Here are the stats of the current odds of the latest attempt:

3% chance of getting past committee.
2% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of House bills made it past committee and only 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

The following factors helped this bill:

The sponsor is in the majority party and at least one third of the bill's cosponsors are from the minority party.

There is at least one cosponsor from the majority party and one cosponsor outside of the majority party.

A cosponsor in the majority party has a high leadership score.

The bill's companion S. 896 was sponsored by a member of the other party.

The following factors hurt this bill:

3-5 cosponsors serve on a committee to which the bill has been referred.

The following factors hurt this bill in getting past committee but help it on the floor:

The bill was referred to House Ways and Means.

Here is the actual House bill.

Four senators, two Democratic, two Republican, have introduced a Senate version of this bill:

We are very pleased to announce that a bi-partisan group of four Senators have introduced the Social Security Fairness Act of 2013 (S. 896) — Mark Begich of AK, Susan Collins of ME, Dean Heller of NV, and Elizabeth Warren of MA. This follows the introduction of HR 1795 in the House by Congressman Rodney Davis (IL) and Adam Schiff (CA). (A list of Members of Congress who have already signed on to co-sponsor this bill is at the foot of this email.) This is the work of lobbyists from our different employee associations, unions and retirement groups. We thank them!!

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