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GPO and WEP Update: February 2024

National WEP/GPO Repeal Task Force CALL TO ACTION WEEK

Dates: February 5 – 9.2024

Focus: Ask Ways & Means Committee Members to Request a “Mark-Up” Session for H.R. 82

We hope this message finds you well. We are excited to announce the upcoming National WEP/GPO Repeal Task Force CALL TO ACTION WEEK, scheduled from February 5th– 9th, 2024. We extend this invitation to your esteemed organization, which played a crucial role in our collaborative efforts last September.

This initiative aims to amplify our collective voice and advocate for the passage of H.R. 82, a crucial legislative measure that addresses the unfair penalization of public service workers on earned Social Security benefits. As we join forces again, members of the Ways and Means Committee must hear directly from us, the stakeholders who understand the impact and urgency of this issue.

Our strength lies in numbers, and the more voices that resonate during this CALL TO ACTION WEEK, the more significant the impact we can make. By participating, your organization contributes significantly to our shared goal of achieving justice for public service workers affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO).

Here are some key points to emphasize during the CALL TO ACTION WEEK.

1.     Importance of H.R. 82: Underscore the significance of H.R. 82 in rectifying the unjust penalties imposed on public service workers and the positive impact it will have on their earned Social Security funds.

2.     Collaborative Advocacy: Highlight the success of our collaborative efforts last September and stress the importance of maintaining a united front to garner attention and support from the Ways and Means Committee members.

3.     Engagement Strategies: Encourage creative and effective engagement during the CALL TO ACTION WEEK. Use the attached daily alerts and social media file to contact WAYS & MEANS Committee members.

We appreciate your ongoing commitment to this cause and look forward to your active participation during the National WEP/GPO Repeal Task Force CALL TO ACTION WEEK. Together, we can make a difference and bring about positive change for public service workers.

Thank you for your dedication and support.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the following members with your questions.

Sincerely, Bette Marafino, Chair ∙

Susan Dixon, Vice Chair ∙

Pam Alexandroff, Legislation ∙

Janis Hernandez
LRTA Legislative Chairperson