I served the federal government for over 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service and now collect a federal pension. Prior to my federal employment, I worked in the private sector for nine years and in 2015, I accumulated an additional year which should qualify me for Social Security, well, partial Social Security.
Since retired federal employees collect a federal pension, our Social Security benefits are reduced 60 percent because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law. A fellow member of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) loses $402 monthly in Social Security benefits because of WEP. He’s been collecting Social Security for nine years and has lost over $43,000. The WEP unfairly reduces his and other federal pensioners’ Social Security benefits for no other reason than that they worked for the government.
Legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, 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 federal retirees have done and the contributions we’ve made, and would adjust federal pensioners’ Social Security benefits accordingly. Additionally, it would not cost taxpayers a nickel.
I realize I am extremely fortunate to collect a federal pension, which by the way, is also subject to South Carolina income taxes.
I urge members of Congress to support fairness and equity now and vote for HR 711.
Cathy Linta-Leader, Murrells Inlet