KERRY AGREES TO SUPPORT WEP/GPO HEARINGS

SEPTEMBER 12, 2007: After hearing the outcry of Association members, outraged by the lack of federal action on the issues of WEP/GPO repeal, US Senator John Kerry has agreed to support our Association’s request to hold public hearings on the issue of Social Security this fall.
The Massachusetts Democrat is the Senate chairman of the Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy, which is a subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee chaired by Max Baucus (D-MT).  

In response to a front page story in the September edition of the Voice , which reported that Kerry was holding off on hearings as a result of President Bush’s support of Social Security privatization, thousands of irate Association members contacted the Senator’s Boston and Washington offices. Retirees, many of whom are longtime supporters of Kerry, called on him to move forward with hearings despite the position of the White House.

 

Kerry is now working with Baucus to set a hearing date, which is expected to take place late this fall on Capital Hill. The full scope and extent of the hearing(s) will be determined in the coming weeks. See more details in the November Voice.

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