Are The Current Bills In Congress Proposing Repeal Of WEP Receiving Any Momentum?

Oct 5 2019 - 3:40pm

Hi Larry, I know my question only applies to 4% or less of people claiming Social Security but has major implications for us, that of course being WEP. I'm well aware that it has been loathed and berated for 35 years. My question is whether with the current raft of repeal bills (H.R 141, H.R. 3934, H.R. 4540 and possibly others) there is any more momentum than there ever was in years gone by. I'm guessing the liklihood of any bill passing is slim to none but haven't counted how many previous bills died.

Hi Doug,

Bills proposing to amend or repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) provision have been introduced in virtually every session of Congress since those provisions were originally passed into law. They are usually sponsored by representatives from districts with large numbers of current and retired federal workers, and the bills never seem to receive much support from representatives from other districts. The WEP provision does affect non-federal workers as well as federal workers, but not in large enough numbers to put much pressure on Congress to change the law. Therefore, I'd be shocked if either the WEP or GPO provisions are materially amended or repealed.

Best, Jerry