Legislative Watch – May 20, 2024

Senator Brown Announces Columbus Hearing on GPO-WEP Repeal

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has announced a field hearing of the Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy for the Social Security Fairness Act (S. 597). This is vital legislation Senator Brown has sponsored that would fully repeal the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). These provisions of federal law unfairly punish public service by reducing the earned Social Security benefits of retirees who collect a public pension in states like Ohio.

The hearing will be held on Friday, June 7, 2024, at the Columbus Firefighters IAFF Local 67 Union Hall (379 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215). OEA is strongly encouraging members to attend the hearing, so please save the date if you can attend. We will send out exact details for the hearing once a formal hearing notice is released by the subcommittee.

In addition, OEA is asking members to submit letters in support of the legislation to repeal GPO and WEP to the subcommittee. Once an official subcommittee hearing notice is available, we will share instructions on how to submit your letter into the official committee record.

The NEA website has additional resources on the issue. Click here to view the toolkit on GPO and WEP.

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