The Public Servants Protection and Fairness Act (HR 4540)–that would finally address an unfair offset to Social Security benefits for public employees receiving pensions–is getting a solid backing in Congress, including many members of the Texas delegation.
The bill would go a long way to fixing one unfair offset, the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), which reduces Social Security benefits of local, state, and federal retirees who worked in Social Security-covered employment and who also receive a government pension from their non-Social Security covered government employment. Many Texas school employees have long suffered from significant cuts to their monthly Social Security payments under the current WEP. You can read more about the bill and WEP in our October 18 Hotline.
So far, 43 representatives have signed on as cosponsors to the bill. Texas members of Congress signing on as cosponsors to include:
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20)
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28)
Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX-29)
Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX-15)
Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX-5)
Rep. Al Green (D-TX-9)
Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX-34)
That means 29 more Texas representatives need to hear from you asking them to sponsor the bill. You can send an easy online letter to your representative urging their support of the bill here. (If your rep is one of the seven listed above, be sure and put in a thank you for cosponsoring.)