An Update on HR-82 (Social Security Fairness Act of 2021) - NCPSSM
H.R.82 (titled the Social Security Fairness Act of 2021) proposed by Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) has advanced in Congress, advancing out of the Ways and Means Committee but still facing an uncertain future in the 117th Congress. In a post on www.ncpssm.org, Dan Adcock, NCPSSM’s Director of Government Relations and Policy Dan Adcock noted that “…the chances that bill will be considered by the full House grow dimmer as the number of days on the legislative calendar for the 117th Congress dwindles.”
The Davis bill has received bipartisan support, with more than 290 cosponsors, and calls for repeal of Social Security’s Windfall Elimination Provision and Government Pension Offset provision. In support of the legislation, Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) offered these comments: “This bill aims to address longstanding problems of WEP and GPO. While well intentioned, these provisions penalize many hard-working public servants and their family members. After serving their communities for years, teachers, firefighters, police officers, and other public employees in certain states are hit with an unwelcome surprise after retiring, a reduction in their Social Security benefits due to WEP and GPO.”
NCPSSM, as well as the Association of Mature American Seniors (AMAC), has expressed support for change to WEP and GPO, but prefers that it be addressed in the context of overall reform and modernization of Social Security in the face of the program’s long-term solvency issues.
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