To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate
Repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), and demand adoption of HR1795 and S896 by congress.
Demand that the WEP be overturned and that those who have paid into Social Security receive the full benefit of the Social Security taxes they paid over their entire working life like everyone else who paid Social Security taxes. Demand adoption of 2013 congressional bills HR1795 and S896 which recognize that a "windfall" in the 1980's in no way reflects a "windfall" today. Challenge the notion that social welfare law does not have to meet the same standards of constitutionality as other law (See Rudykoff vs Apfel, 1999).
Why is this important?
Hundreds of thousands of service sector employees (teachers, firefighters and police) are affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), which radically reduces Social Security pensions if the individual also receives a public pension. It operates on the premise that the total amount received would represent a "windfall." The most recent constitutional challenge to the WEP (Rudykoff vs. Apfel, 1999) was overturned on the basis that the WEP met its intention (to prevent a windfall) and also that social welfare law does not have to meet the same standards as other law, citing precedence. Many individuals (due to the WEP) receive amounts from their public pensions and Social Security that put them under poverty level. In my case, after 39 years of paying Social Security taxes, I received credit towards my Social Security pension for only 15 of those years.