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Growing, Bipartisan Support for Fairness in Social Security for First Responders and Teachers

Social Security benefits should be calculated the same for all Americans

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Washington, March 29, 2016 | comments
Amid growing bipartisan support for replacing the Windfall Elimination Provision, local firefighters, police officers, teachers and retirees joined U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady at Houston Fire Station 84 to highlight an important congressional effort to treat all workers who pay into Social Security fairly.
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Houston – Amid growing bipartisan support for replacing the Windfall Elimination Provision, local firefighters, police officers, teachers and retirees joined U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady at Houston Fire Station 84 to highlight an important congressional effort to treat all workers who pay into Social Security fairly.

“For over a decade I have worked to repeal the misguided Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) in favor of the same benefit formula for everyone,“ said Congressman Brady, the new chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee. “Under our approach, Social Security would stop treating our firefighters, police officers and teachers differently.”

“For any public employee that has paid into Social Security, they deserve their full benefit just like any other worker,” added Todd Clark, Chairman of the Houston Firefighters; Relief and Retirement Fund. “If passed, H.R. 711 will replace WEP with a formula that does not unfairly reduce a public servant’s benefit.”

“Houston fire fighters appreciate Rep. Brady’s leadership on this important issue. H.R. 711 is a big first step toward resolving the inequities that fire fighters, police officers and teachers face with our current Social Security system,” said Alvin W. White, Jr., president, Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association. “We urge Congress and the White House to pass and enact this legislation as soon as possible.”

“The Texas Law Enforcement Council is represented here today because those who protect and serve deserve fairness when they retire,” said Ray Hunt, President of the Houston Police Officers Union. “Most Texas peace officers pay into Social Security on their second and third jobs, so all they ask for is to not be punished for supporting their families while protecting everyone else’s families.” 

 “This proportional approach will help Social Security over the long term while helping those who protect us and teach our kids,” concluded Brady.

The Social Security Subcommittee held the first hearing on HR 711 last week. 

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