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LATEST NEWS FROM THE FEDERAL SCENE

 LEGISLATIVE REPORT Sept 2019

 Congressional legislation titled The Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act, would provide much-needed relief to civil servants financially punished by the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).  Individuals currently affected by WEP could lose up to $463 per month in earned benefits. The Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act seeks to replace the WEP with a formula that equalizes benefits for certain individuals with non-covered employment.

 

 The bill would provide WEP-affected individuals age 60 and older with a monthly rebate of $100 ($50 for surviving spouses). For WEP-affected individuals currently under age 20, the bill would change how the WEP is calculated. For those between age 21 and 59, the individual’s WEP penalty would be calculated either using the current formula or the new one created by the bill, whichever is more beneficial. NARFE’s ultimate goal is for Congress to fully repeal the WEP. Reform efforts such as the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act are a good first step toward correcting this discriminatory provision.

 

 NARFE National President Ken Thomas noted “By depriving dedicated public servants of full Social Security benefits that they rightfully earned through contributions to the Social Security system, the Windfall Elimination Provision is simply unfair. With low-earning households disproportionally affected by larger benefit reductions, the federal community experiences significant financial loss due to the WEP.  We commend Rep. Brady for tackling this important issue and seeking to right a longtime wrong for millions of Social Security beneficiaries.”

 

 NARFE encourages all members to review the weekly legislative message available for telephone callers (703-838-7780 and toll-free at 1-877-217-8234) and posted on the NARFE website, www.narfe.org. Continue to contact our Congressional representatives with your position on legislative issues. Congressman Barr can be reached M-F at his office, 2709 Old Rosebud Road, Lexington, KY 40509, (859) 219-1366. Senator McConnell’s Lexington office is at 771 Corporate Dr., Suite 108, 40503 (859) 223-8286. Senator Paul’s office is at 1029 State St., Bowling Green, KY 42101, (270) 782-8303.                    Tom  Miller, Legislative Chair

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                               

 

 

NARFE'S LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES - PROMOTING & DEFENDING FEDERAL BENEFITS:

NARFE, one of America’s oldest and largest associations, was founded in 1921 with the mission of protecting the earned rights and benefits of America’s active and retired federal workers. The largest federal employee/ retiree organization, NARFE represents the retirement interests of nearly 5 million current and future federal annuitants, spouses, and survivors. 

NARFE'S Mission Statement:
>To support legislation beneficial to current and potential federal annuitants and to oppose legislation contrary to their interests,
>To promote the general welfare of current and potential federal annuitants by advising them with respect to their rights under retirement laws and regulations,
>To cooperate with other organizations and associations in furtherance of these general objectives.