WEP Repeal Bill Introduced

Legislation has been introduced to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision.

Legislation has been introduced that would permanently repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and replace it with a new formula.

The Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act (H.R. 3934) was introduced by Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX). It would replace the WEP with a formula “equalizing benefits for certain individuals with non-covered employment.”

The bill would provide individuals impacted by the WEP who are age 60 and older with a monthly rebate of $100 ($50 for surviving spouses) and change how the WEP is calculated for individuals under age 20.

For details on how the WEP impacts a federal retiree’s income, see How Does the WEP Affect Your Retirement Income?.

Brady said in a statement about the legislation:

For years, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called for a permanent solution to fix WEP. This arbitrary Washington compromise has resulted in unfair treatment for our teachers, fire fighters, and police officers; and Texans simply cannot afford Congress to remain inactive and let this unfair policy be the law of the land.

Now is the time for Congress to put forth a solution that can actually be signed by the President. This legislation permanently repeals the current WEP, and instead uses a fairer formula that treats public servants like all other American workers. Democrats agree that this is a problem we must address now, and we hope they join us in fixing this long-standing problem this year. While I am introducing a bill today, I am committed to staying at the table to get a bill to the President’s desk

Brady previously introduced a similar bill in 2015.

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