February 03, 2023

Position Paper: Social Security Fairness Act

The Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) were enacted in 1977 and 1983 respectively as amendments to the basic Social Security law. These provisions reduce Social Security benefits for public sector retirees who receive a public pension or the spouse or survivor of a Social Security beneficiary who worked for a period of time in a job not covered by the Social Security program.

To address this problem, Representatives Garret Graves (LA) and Abigail Spanberger (VA) introduced the Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 82) in January 2023. Companion legislation has also been introduced in the Senate (S 597) by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME).

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