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Social Security hearing committee taking testimony

The House Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Social Security, will hold a hearing July 15 on Social Security. The hearing is intended to commemorate the 75th anniversary of this critical program and highlight its continued importance. 

While the hearing will not focus specifically on the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision, it does offer an important opportunity to remind Congress of the need to repeal these unfair offsets. NEA will be submitting testimony for the hearing record. We encourage you to submit a short statement for the record telling your story about how the offsets impact/will impact you and why they should be repealed.  Instructions for submitting your comments and suggested talking points are provided below. 

Note that the hearing record will remain open for comments until Thursday, July 29.

DETAILS FOR SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN COMMENTS

Please Note:  Any person(s) and/or organization(s) wishing to submit for the hearing record must follow the appropriate link on the hearing page of the Committee website and complete the informational forms. From the Committee homepage, http://waysandmeans.house.gov, select "Committee Hearings."  Select the hearing for which you would like to submit, and click on the link entitled, "Click here to provide a submission for the record." Once you have followed the online instructions, complete all informational forms and click "submit" on the final page. ATTACH your submission as a Word or WordPerfect document, in compliance with the formatting requirements listed below, by close of business Thursday, July 29, 2010.  Finally, please note that due to the change in House mail policy, the U.S. Capitol Police will refuse sealed-package deliveries to all House Office Buildings. For questions, or if you encounter technical problems, please call (202) 225-1721.

FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS

The Committee relies on electronic submissions for printing the official hearing record. As always, submissions will be included in the record according to the discretion of the Committee. The Committee will not alter the content of your submission, but  reserves the right to format it according to its guidelines. Any submission provided to the Committee by a witness, any supplementary materials submitted for the printed record, and any written comments in response to a request for written comments must conform to the guidelines listed below. Any submission or supplementary item not in compliance with these guidelines will not be printed, but will be maintained in the Committee files for review and use by the Committee.

            1.  All submissions and supplementary materials must be provided in Word or WordPerfect format and MUST NOT exceed a total of 10 pages, including attachments.  Witnesses and submitters are advised that the Committee relies on electronic submissions for printing the official hearing record.

          2. Copies of whole documents submitted as exhibit material will not be accepted for printing. Instead, exhibit material should be referenced and quoted or paraphrased. All exhibit material not meeting these specifications will be maintained in the Committee files for review and use by the Committee.

           3. All submissions must include a list of all clients, persons, and/or organizations on whose behalf the witness appears. A supplemental sheet must accompany each submission listing the name, company, address, telephone, and fax numbers of each witness.