Spanberger Praises U.S. Senate Introduction of Her Bipartisan Social Security Fairness Act to Provide Long Overdue Fairness to Virginia’s Federal Employees, Police Officers, Firefighters, & Teachers

In the U.S. House, the Congresswoman’s Bipartisan Legislation Now has More Than 190 Cosponsors

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today praised the introduction of her bipartisan Social Security Fairness Act in the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the U.S. Senate version of the Social Security Fairness Act, which would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO) from the Social Security Act.

Spanberger’s Social Security Fairness Act would eliminate both the WEP and the GPO, which unfairly reduce or eliminate Social Security benefits for millions of Americans who have devoted much of their careers to public service. The WEP impacts approximately 2 million Social Security beneficiaries — and the GPO impacts nearly 800,000 retirees.

“The WEP and GPO rip away hard-earned benefits from Virginia’s federal employees, police officers, firefighters, teachers, and other public servants. Not to mention, these provisions reduce benefits for the brave men and women who protect Congress — the U.S. Capitol Police. We need to finally eliminate these provisions and make progress on this issue of fundamental fairness,” said Spanberger. “In recent days, I’ve been proud to see more momentum behind our push to finally remove these burdens on Virginia’s public servants. I want to thank Senator Collins and Senator Brown for their leadership, their dedication to America’s retirees, and their commitment to finally getting this legislation across the finish line.”

The Social Security Fairness Act now has more than 190 cosponsors in the U.S. House — both Democrats and Republicans. Spanberger reintroduced her legislation this year with U.S. Representative Garret Graves (R-LA-06), and she first introduced the Social Security Fairness Act in January 2021 at the start of the 117th Congress.

On Wednesday’s episode of the National Fraternal Order of Police’s (FOP’s) “Blue View” podcast, Spanberger shared her views on the momentum behind the Social Security Fairness Act — the FOP’s “top legislative priority.” Click here to watch the episode.

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