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14 Dec 2022
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TRTA Leaders Go to Washington, D.C., Demand Bipartisan Solution on WEP

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA), the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), and the Mass Retirees Association were in Washington, D.C. this week and held a press conference at the U.S. Capitol calling on Congress to pass a bipartisan bill to fix the unfair and arbitrary Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) before the current legislative cycle ends.

If you missed the press conference, you may watch it in full by clicking here.

TRTA, ATPE, and Mass Retirees all shared similar messages, urging Congress to help retired teachers, school employees, and all public workers and retirees impacted by the WEP now.

Several key legislators also spoke at the press conference, expressing their commitment to passing a solution before it is too late. Those speaking included House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (MA), Congressman Kevin Brady (TX), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX), and Congressman Lance Gooden (TX).

TRTA, ATPE, and Mass Retirees are grateful to these legislative leaders for their adamant support and pledges to continue working until the end of the year to pass a solution that will put money back into the pockets of the retirees who have earned their Social Security benefits and are treated unfairly by the arbitrary WEP.

TRTA will work this issue until the very end of this congressional session. We are so grateful to all of our members who are making phone calls, sending messages, and commenting on social media. Collectively, we are doing everything in our power to make a change. Now, the decision makers must come together and deliver on their promises.

Please Keep Up the Momentum!

TRTA members, thank you for the outpouring of support and action over the past two weeks as you’ve made phone calls and sent emails to congressional leaders across the country. Please, help us maintain this much-needed momentum! If you have not yet had the chance to make a phone call, please use the helpful prompts below and call these leaders and your congressman today!

Congressman Richard Neal
Phone: Phone: (202) 225-5601

Message: The time is now to commit to passing a WEP solution before Congress adjourns this year! As Chairman of Ways and Means, you are critical for getting a bipartisan deal done.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy
Phone: (202) 225-2915

Message: The Windfall Elimination Provision negatively affects more than 2 million Americans, many of them are in California. We are asking you to use your influence as Republican leader of the soon-to-be majority party to pass a bipartisan WEP deal in this Congress.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Phone: (202) 225-4965

Message: As the House Speaker and supporter of public employee retirees, we ask for your leadership to help pass a bipartisan deal on WEP this Congress.

Have You Called Your Congressman?

If you have not yet had a chance to contact your U.S. Representative, please also give them a call today! If you are not sure who your U.S. Representative is, you may use this feature online to find out.

Message: Inflation is having devastating consequences on Texas retired educators. We believe a bipartisan Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) solution is possible! Please call Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal and tell him the time to commit to passing a WEP solution before Congress adjourns this year is NOW! Please call and ask speaker Pelosi and leader McCarthy to add WEP to an end of the year package!

District Name Party Phone
1st Gohmert, Louie R (202) 225-3035
2nd Crenshaw, Dan R (202) 225-6565
3rd Taylor, Van R (202) 225-4201
4th Fallon, Pat R (202) 225-6673
5th Gooden, Lance R (202) 225-3484
6th Ellzey, Jake R (202) 225-2002
7th Fletcher, Lizzie D (202) 225-2571
8th Brady, Kevin R (202) 225-4901
9th Green, Al D (202) 225-7508
10th McCaul, Michael T. R (202) 225-2401
11th Pfluger, August R (202) 225-3605
12th Granger, Kay R (202) 225-5071
13th Jackson, Ronny R (202) 225-3706
14th Weber, Randy R (202) 225-2831
15th Gonzalez, Vicente D (202) 225-2531
16th Escobar, Veronica D (202) 225-4831
17th Sessions, Pete R (202) 225-6105
18th Jackson Lee, Sheila D (202) 225-3816
19th Arrington, Jodey R (202) 225-4005
20th Castro, Joaquin D (202) 225-3236
21st Roy, Chip R (202) 225-4236
22nd Nehls, Troy E. R (202) 225-5951
23rd Gonzales, Tony R (202) 225-4511
24th Van Duyne, Beth R (202) 225-6605
25th Williams, Roger R (202) 225-9896
26th Burgess, Michael R (202) 225-7772
27th Cloud, Michael R (202) 225-7742
28th Cuellar, Henry D (202) 225-1640
29th Garcia, Sylvia D (202) 225-1688
30th Johnson, Eddie Bernice D (202) 225-8885
31st Carter, John R (202) 225-3864
32nd Allred, Colin D (202) 225-2231
33rd Veasey, Marc D (202) 225-9897
34th Flores, Mayra R (202) 225-9901
35th Doggett, Lloyd D (202) 225-4865
36th Babin, Brian R (202) 225-1555

 

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14 Dec 2022
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TRTA in Washington D.C. Calling for WEP Reform: Press Conference at 9:00 a.m.!

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA), the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), and the Mass Retirees are in Washington, D.C. this week inspired by the outpouring of support from our members to get Congress to pass a bipartisan bill to fix the unfair and arbitrary Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) before the current legislative cycle ends.

Watch their press conference LIVE at 9:00 a.m. Central (Today, December 14)! Click this link to view the press conference.

The groups will be on the southeast steps of the United States Capitol holding a press conference at 9:00 a.m.

TRTA leaders are calling on Congress to make a deal and begin helping retired teachers, school employees, and all public workers and retirees impacted by the WEP.

TRTA Executive Tim Lee says “it is unacceptable to maintain an arbitrary Social Security rule that punishes our public workers,” adding that “whatever the plan or belief or motivation behind the WEP, we know that it is arbitrary and unfair . . . and the longer Congress maintains this law, we demean these workers and their service to their community, their state, and to the nation.”

TRTA members, we thank you for the outpouring of support and action over the past two weeks as we’ve asked you to make phone calls and send emails to congressional leaders across the country. Please, help us maintain this much-needed momentum!

If you have not yet had the chance to make a phone call, please use the helpful prompts below and call these leaders and your congressman today!

Congressman Richard Neal
Phone: Phone: (202) 225-5601

Message: The time is now to commit to passing a WEP solution before Congress adjourns this year! As Chairman of Ways and Means, you are critical for getting a bipartisan deal done.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy
Phone: (202) 225-2915

Message: The Windfall Elimination Provision negatively affects more than 2 million Americans, many of them are in California. We are asking you to use your influence as Republican leader of the soon-to-be majority party to pass a bipartisan WEP deal in this Congress.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Phone: (202) 225-4965

Message: As the House Speaker and supporter of public employee retirees, we ask for your leadership to help pass a bipartisan deal on WEP this Congress.

Have You Called Your Congressman?

If you have not yet had a chance to contact your U.S. Representative, please also give them a call today! If you are not sure who your U.S. Representative is, you may use this feature online to find out.

Message: Inflation is having devastating consequences on Texas retired educators. We believe a bipartisan Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) solution is possible! Please call Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal and tell him the time to commit to passing a WEP solution before Congress adjourns this year is NOW! Please call and ask speaker Pelosi and leader McCarthy to add WEP to an end of the year package!

District Name Party Phone
1st Gohmert, Louie R (202) 225-3035
2nd Crenshaw, Dan R (202) 225-6565
3rd Taylor, Van R (202) 225-4201
4th Fallon, Pat R (202) 225-6673
5th Gooden, Lance R (202) 225-3484
6th Ellzey, Jake R (202) 225-2002
7th Fletcher, Lizzie D (202) 225-2571
8th Brady, Kevin R (202) 225-4901
9th Green, Al D (202) 225-7508
10th McCaul, Michael T. R (202) 225-2401
11th Pfluger, August R (202) 225-3605
12th Granger, Kay R (202) 225-5071
13th Jackson, Ronny R (202) 225-3706
14th Weber, Randy R (202) 225-2831
15th Gonzalez, Vicente D (202) 225-2531
16th Escobar, Veronica D (202) 225-4831
17th Sessions, Pete R (202) 225-6105
18th Jackson Lee, Sheila D (202) 225-3816
19th Arrington, Jodey R (202) 225-4005
20th Castro, Joaquin D (202) 225-3236
21st Roy, Chip R (202) 225-4236
22nd Nehls, Troy E. R (202) 225-5951
23rd Gonzales, Tony R (202) 225-4511
24th Van Duyne, Beth R (202) 225-6605
25th Williams, Roger R (202) 225-9896
26th Burgess, Michael R (202) 225-7772
27th Cloud, Michael R (202) 225-7742
28th Cuellar, Henry D (202) 225-1640
29th Garcia, Sylvia D (202) 225-1688
30th Johnson, Eddie Bernice D (202) 225-8885
31st Carter, John R (202) 225-3864
32nd Allred, Colin D (202) 225-2231
33rd Veasey, Marc D (202) 225-9897
34th Flores, Mayra R (202) 225-9901
35th Doggett, Lloyd D (202) 225-4865
36th Babin, Brian R (202) 225-1555

 

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13 Dec 2022
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TRTA Calls for WEP Action; Keep Up the Calls!

TRTA, along with ATPE and the Mass Retirees Association, is calling for action on the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP)! Time is running out. Congressman Richard Neal (D – Mass), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, needs to act before the current legislative term ends!

Continue Your Phone Calls Today!

Please continue making phone calls this week. We need to use our momentum to its fullest and push for a solution now!

We have an opportunity to create change in the WEP, but the opportunity is being squandered by congressional inaction. We need to refocus them on our important issue! They need to know that doing nothing is unacceptable.

Today, we’re focused on contacting leaders in Congress: House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and California Congressman Kevin McCarthy!

Congressman Richard Neal
Phone: Phone: (202) 225-5601

Message: The time is now to commit to passing a WEP solution before Congress adjourns this year! As Chairman of Ways and Means, you are critical for getting a bipartisan deal done.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy
Phone: (202) 225-2915

Message: The Windfall Elimination Provision negatively affects more than 2 million Americans, many of them are in California. We are asking you to use your influence as Republican leader of the soon-to-be majority party to pass a bipartisan WEP deal in this Congress.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Phone: (202) 225-4965

Message: As the House Speaker and supporter of public employee retirees, we ask for your leadership to help pass a bipartisan deal on WEP this Congress.

Have You Called Your Congressman?

If you have not yet had a chance to contact your U.S. Representative, please also give them a call today! If you are not sure who your U.S. Representative is, you may use this feature online to find out.

Message: Inflation is having devastating consequences on Texas retired educators. We believe a bipartisan Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) solution is possible! Please call Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal and tell him the time to commit to passing a WEP solution before Congress adjourns this year is NOW! Please call and ask speaker Pelosi and leader McCarthy to add WEP to an end of the year package!

District Name Party Phone
1st Gohmert, Louie R (202) 225-3035
2nd Crenshaw, Dan R (202) 225-6565
3rd Taylor, Van R (202) 225-4201
4th Fallon, Pat R (202) 225-6673
5th Gooden, Lance R (202) 225-3484
6th Ellzey, Jake R (202) 225-2002
7th Fletcher, Lizzie D (202) 225-2571
8th Brady, Kevin R (202) 225-4901
9th Green, Al D (202) 225-7508
10th McCaul, Michael T. R (202) 225-2401
11th Pfluger, August R (202) 225-3605
12th Granger, Kay R (202) 225-5071
13th Jackson, Ronny R (202) 225-3706
14th Weber, Randy R (202) 225-2831
15th Gonzalez, Vicente D (202) 225-2531
16th Escobar, Veronica D (202) 225-4831
17th Sessions, Pete R (202) 225-6105
18th Jackson Lee, Sheila D (202) 225-3816
19th Arrington, Jodey R (202) 225-4005
20th Castro, Joaquin D (202) 225-3236
21st Roy, Chip R (202) 225-4236
22nd Nehls, Troy E. R (202) 225-5951
23rd Gonzales, Tony R (202) 225-4511
24th Van Duyne, Beth R (202) 225-6605
25th Williams, Roger R (202) 225-9896
26th Burgess, Michael R (202) 225-7772
27th Cloud, Michael R (202) 225-7742
28th Cuellar, Henry D (202) 225-1640
29th Garcia, Sylvia D (202) 225-1688
30th Johnson, Eddie Bernice D (202) 225-8885
31st Carter, John R (202) 225-3864
32nd Allred, Colin D (202) 225-2231
33rd Veasey, Marc D (202) 225-9897
34th Flores, Mayra R (202) 225-9901
35th Doggett, Lloyd D (202) 225-4865
36th Babin, Brian R (202) 225-1555

 

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