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30 Oct
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TRTA Wraps Up D.C. Visit, Implores Membership to Put Pressure On Congress

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) visited all 36 offices of Texas congressional representatives this week, as well as meeting with Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. John Cornyn’s staff. TRTA’s goal is to get Congress involved in moving forward with Windfall Elimination Reform (WEP).

Now is the time for our membership to get engaged! You can find your representative by using this website. It’s time for action!

We need our members calling their congressional representatives! Ask your representative to advance the WEP legislation put forth by Rep. Richard Neal (H.R. 4540) and Rep. Kevin Brady (H.R. 3934). Use our one-pager to learn about the talking points of this issue.

There’s a lot of noise going on in Congress right now due to partisan political issues. We need our membership to cut through the noise and raise our voices about the unfair nature of the WEP.

Watch Tim Lee’s Facebook Live update about the WEP!

The Texas Retired Teachers Association exists to protect your TRS retirement and fights to make it better. Please consider becoming a member and joining the largest community of TRS retirees in the nation.


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28 Oct
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TRTA’s Leadership Arrives In Washington D.C., Calls On Congressional Representatives to Take Action

The Texas Retired Teachers Association’s (TRTA) leadership has arrived in Washington D.C. The leadership, which includes Executive Director Tim Lee, is working with Texas congressional representatives to reform the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).

Our goal is to gain traction on both Rep. Richie Neal’s bill (H.R. 4540) and Rep. Kevin Brady’s bill (H.R. 3934). Now is the time to reform the WEP! If you haven’t already, use our action alert to contact your representative.

Already, TRTA’s leadership has met with numerous Texas representatives, including Sylvia Garcia and Filemon Vela Jr. TRTA’s leadership is meeting tomorrow with Rep. Kevin Brady and Sen. Ted Cruz, as well as additional representatives.

TRTA will need the full strength of its membership to overturn the WEP, which has plagued retired educators since its inception in 1984. Stay tuned to the Inside Line, as we will have more updates in the coming days.

The Texas Retired Teachers Association exists to protect your TRS retirement and fights to make it better. Please consider becoming a member and joining the largest community of TRS retirees in the nation.

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25 Oct
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TRTA’s Leadership Heading to Washington D.C., Contact Your Congressional Representatives Today!

Executive Summary:

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is committed to reforming the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). The WEP is a harmful Social Security provision that unfairly punishes public workers for paying into both Social Security and a public pension fund. In the case of Texas educators, having their Social Security income reduced punishes retirees who worked in both the private sector and paid into the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).

Two congressional Representatives, Richard Neal (D – Massachusetts) and Kevin Brady (R – Texas), have filed legislation that would reform the WEP. Neal’s bill is HR 4540, and Brady’s bill is HR 3934. You can learn all about these bills by using our fact sheet that we will be using in Washington D.C.

Our legislative advocacy team will be in the nation’s capital from October 27 through October 30. We need your help to contact legislators and let them know that the advancement of WEP reform is of the utmost importance! Click here to contact them!

Help us cut through the noise in Washington! We need to get Congress focused on what matters! Educators should receive their fair share of Social Security, and it’s time to take action on the WEP! You may use this link to find a phone number for your Representative. Please call your Representative’s office in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of next week and ask for their support of bills HR 4540 and HR 3934.

TRTA will be meeting with Texas congressional Representatives during its visit, and we will be informing them about how the WEP—which was first put into place in 1984—has a detrimental effect on tens of thousands of Americans who worked in public service.

Additionally, TRTA is working closely with its national partners, including the Massachusetts Retirees, to bring other Representatives up to speed. You can learn more about our national coalition, the Public Retirees Alliance, here.

The Texas Retired Teachers Association exists to protect your TRS retirement and fights to make it better. Please consider becoming a member and joining the largest community of TRS retirees in the nation.

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