The 110th Congress will begin January 4, 2007, with the change in leadership offering a real opportunity to make progress toward repeal of the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision.
The following is a summary of expected activity in the early months of the 110th Congress:
January 4, 2007: Re-Introduction of the Social Security Fairness Act. The four primary sponsors of the Social Security Fairness Act -- Senator Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Collins (R-ME), Representative Berman (D-CA), and Representative McKeon (R-CA) -- remain committed to the legislation (which would completely repeal both the GPO and WEP) and to bipartisan efforts to secure passage. They plan to re-introduce the House and Senate bills on the first day of the 110th Congress (January 4, 2007) to signify the importance of the issue.
Mid-January: Press Event: The four bill sponsors have expressed interest in holding a press conference in mid-January with NEA and other unions whose members are impacted by the offsets to bring attention to the issue on Capitol Hill, in the media, and among the general public.
Call to Action – January 8-12, 2007: NEA will conduct a series of Nationwide Calls to Action, beginning the first full week of the new congressional session, to call attention to the re-introduced Social Security Fairness Act and urge Members of Congress to cosponsor the bills. The first Call to Action will take place the week of January 8, 2007, with the goal of rebuilding the cosponsor lists as quickly as possible.
MTA will notify members of the new bill numbers for the Social Security Fairness Act as soon as the House and Senate bills are reintroduced. Members will be asked to contact members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation to ask for their continued support of the repeal legislation.