Members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) have been working hard all summer to achieve results on the unfair Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). Many have contacted their congressmen and friends in other states impacted by the WEP, encouraging them to do the same.
In July, the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act (HR 711) was scheduled for a hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee, but received a disappointing setback when groups working on the bill couldn’t come to an agreement on the bill’s provisions.
Representative Kevin Brady (R – The Woodlands), the author of the bill and head of Ways and Means, postponed the bill until agreement could be found. Since that time, Brady has been working diligently to enhance and promote HR 711.
This week, Congressman Brady released a new blog entry online explaining why the WEP is so unfair. Please read Brady’s full update by clicking here.
Among Brady’s reasons for calling the WEP unfair, he says “the benefits for workers who choose to serve their communities are calculated differently than other workers.” He also goes into great detail about how Social Security benefits are calculated for standard workers and how that differs from the way public servants are treated. This blog posts serves as a great resource for explaining this unfair law to family, friends and colleagues who want to learn more.
Members, Chairman Brady wants to hear how the WEP has impacted you as the Ways and Means Committee works on a solution to treat all workers fairly. Please share your story about how the WEP has impacted you by sending an email to WEP.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Progress on the WEP is not lost; in fact, the CLOCK IS TICKING. Congress reconvenes this month and 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!
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 some financial relief!
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 to stay up-to-date on all our legislative news.