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Congressional Subcommittee field hearing focuses on WEP & GPO

Friday’s Congressional Subcommittee led by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) offered public sector workers an opportunity to express their concerns with Social Security’s Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO). The hearing led off with comments from a panel of representatives from police, sheriffs and firefighters occupations providing personalized accounts of their experiences with these two portions of Social Security, and included a recap of the Social Security Fairness Act he and colleague Sen. J. D. Vance (R-OH) have introduced. For a summary of the hearing published on the website, click here.

Much has been written about these two sections of Social Security, and many legislative attempts have been made to fully repeal both WEP and GPO, with no action taken on either. The issue is controversial, to be sure, and there are two sides to the argument. For this reason, the AMAC Foundation has heavily researched the origin of these two troublesome provisions, concluding that the purpose behind their design is often not clearly understood, nor is the way the math works in support of the original purpose. The Foundation offered this publication (WEP and GPO: To Repeal or Not?) to help clarify the matter, and conducted a public webinar presenting thoughts on the subject. A recording of the webinar can be viewed on the Foundation website here.

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