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!
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