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Brady Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Give Teachers, Police & Firefighters Fairer Social Security

November 03, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady (R-TX) today introduced the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2021.”


This legislation permanently replaces the unfair Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) Social Security formula with a new, fair formula that treats our teachers, firefighters, and police officers just like the rest of America’s workers.


Upon introduction of this legislation, Rep. Brady issued the following statement:


Our teachers, police and firefighters shouldn’t have their Social Security checks docked each month simply due to an outdated, unfair formula from the 1980’s. I’m proud to join with colleagues on both sides of the aisle from nine different states to repeal the WEP and make it fairer for public servants who have worked and paid into Social Security.


Many of our public servants have worked extra jobs or an extra career, paying into a Social Security system that treats them differently. We want equal treatment, and believe it’s time for Congress to act. Every month the WEP continues, it costs retirees and their dependents in smaller Social Security benefits. I look forward to working with Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal to get this done as soon as possible.”


The following Members are original cosponsors of the legislation:

Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX)

Rep. Brain Babin (R-TX)

Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE)

Rep. Stephanie Bice (R-OK)

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX)

Rep. John Carter (R-TX)

Rep. Dan Creshaw (R-TX)

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX)

Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX)

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH)

Rep. Vincente Gonzalez (D-TX)

Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX)

Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX)

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)

Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK)

Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA)

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX)

Rep. Robert Latta (R-OH)

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)

Rep. Greg Murphy (R-NC)

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)

Rep. August Pfluger (R-TX)

Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC)

Rep. Van Taylor (R-TX)

Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX)

Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)

Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX)


The following groups have come out in support of this legislation:

Association of Texas Professional Educators

Houston Firefighters Relief and Retirement Fund

Texas Retired Teachers Association