JANUARY 9, 2008: The US House of Representatives will hold a public hearing on Social Security’s Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) on Wednesday January 16, 2008. Association official will be submitting testimony to the Committee on Social Security, which is conducting the invitation only hearing.

New York Congressman Michael McNulty (D-Albany) chairs the Committee. In announcing the hearing, Chairman McNulty stated “Hardworking public servants, widows, people with disabilities, and low-income workers and their families may face hurdles in achieving financial security in retirement, or in case of disability. Congress needs to consider the unique circumstances and vulnerabilities of these and other groups as we look to ensure that Social Security meets the needs of American families today and for generations to come.”

H.R. 82, which repeals both the WEP and GPO, will be the main focus of the hearing. The bill now has 335 cosponsors in the House of Representatives. Further information on the hearing, as well as the committee process within Congress, can be found here.