Congressman Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and co-author of H.R. 711, the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act, released an article today after receiving feedback from thousands of Americans about how the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) impacts them.
As many members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) know, we have been working closely with Congressman Brady, Congressman Richard Neal, and numerous advocacy groups to pass the bill, which would eliminate the current arbitrary WEP formula and replace it with a new, fairer calculation.
Congressman Brady includes quotes from various public employee retirees in the article, and is calling on public servants from across the nation to continue sending in their stories and fighting for HR 711.
If you are public servant who is or will be impacted by the unfair WEP, please share your story today!
Your stories are vital, as Brady continues to work on HR 711, which was postponed indefinitely until agreement from all affected public servant groups could be found.
Help Congressman Brady enhance and promote HR 711! CLICK HERE to share how the WEP has impacted you, or send an email to WEP.firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have friends, family members, or colleagues who reside in other states and are impacted by the WEP, please reach out to them and ask them to share their stories as well! We must have a national movement to create traction for WEP reform.
For more information about why the WEP is so unfair, you can read Congressman Brady’s blog entry online by clicking here. You can also CLICK HERE to learn how Social Security benefits are calculated and how the WEP is applied.
Members, we want you to know that progress on the WEP is not lost; in fact, the CLOCK IS TICKING. We have no time to waste to get H.R. 711 back on track for a committee vote! Sharing your story will go a long way towards helping HR 711 succeed!
We would like to thank our members, our national coalition partners and all those who have made phone calls and sent letters on this issue. We will be asking for your help again in the very near future, and we ask for your patience and continued support.
TRTA especially thanks Chairman Brady for his tireless work on the bill, as well as Congressman Neal for his steadfast support and passionate plea for all groups to come together in agreement.
TRTA will continue to provide national leadership and help others come to the table on this critical issue. Please be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for all the latest legislative news.
If you are not already a member of TRTA, please join today. Only by working together will we be able to resolve the WEP. If you are already a member, please encourage your fellow retirees to join and renew.
TRTA is ready to get to work on finding agreement with advocacy groups across the country, and will do so tirelessly until our members and public service retirees across the nation receive financial relief!