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Federal legislation is now before Congress that would implement the first change in the WEP law since it was created in 1983. H.R.4540 brings relief to both current and future public retirees who have earned a Social Security benefit only to see it unfairly reduced by the WEP.
The bill was developed and filed by House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA). While other bills have been filed to reform or repeal the WEP, H.R.4540 is believed to be the most viable option now available to bring about immediate relief during the current congressional session.
Nearly two million public retirees across the country have had their earned Social Security benefits reduced due to the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). After years of debate, it’s a general consensus that the WEP is flawed and unfairly harms public retirees.