Support bill for So­cial Se­cu­rity fair­ness

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I served the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for 38 years with the U.S. Navy, do­ing de­fense ac­qui­si­tion. I also worked in the pri­vate sec­tor. When I re­tired, I was sur­prised to learn my So­cial Se­cu­rity ben­e­fit would be less per month. This is all be­cause of the Wind­fall Elim­i­na­tion Pro­vi­sion un­der the So­cial Se­cu­rity law.

Through­out my gov­ern­ment ca­reer, I held my­self to a high stan­dard of fair­ness and eq­uity. But now in re­tire­ment, I’m sub­ject to a law that is any­thing but fair and eq­ui­table, from my point of view. This pro­vi­sion un­fairly re­duces my So­cial Se­cu­rity ben­e­fits for no other rea­son than that I worked for the gov­ern­ment.

Leg­is­la­tion in­tro­duced by U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas, 8th), chair­man of the House Com­mit­tee on Ways and Means, would re­form the WEP. The Equal Treat­ment of Pub­lic Ser­vants Act, H.R. 711, rec­og­nizes the work I’ve done and the con­tri­bu­tions I’ve made, and would ad­just my So­cial Se­cu­rity ben­e­fits ac­cord­ingly. Plus, it would do so with­out cost­ing tax­pay­ers a nickel. Support fair­ness and eq­uity now.

Dave Dut­ton, Hunt­ing­town

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