A concurrent resolution has been introduced in the Texas House, urging Congress to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset—two provisions of Social Security law affecting those who retire from institutions that do not participate in the Social Security program.
For background, please see this page from TCCTA's Legislative Resources segment of the association's Web site.
It is important to keep in mind that, even if the resolution passes the House and Senate, the measure is not binding upon Congress. In fact, given the present budgetary situation and partisan gridlock in Washington, most observers doubt the provisions can be changed any time soon.
However, the resolution contains a number of useful talking points for those who wish to advocate for repeal. When affected constituents express their views, it increases the likelihood that the WEP and GPO will be discussed in Congress.
A good first step involves urging individual senators and representatives in the Texas Legislature to support HCR 45. The Legislative Resources link above provides access to helpful information regarding the two provisions, as well as contact information, including "Who Represents Me?
The TCCTA annual convention in Houston will include a Financial Planning Seminar on Social Security. Speaking on Friday, February 22, 8:00-9:15 a.m., will be Andy Hardwick, metropolitan public affairs specialist with the Social Security Administration. Time will be allotted for questions and answers regarding individual situations.
The session will be informative for all members and their guests.