The Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2019 (H.R. 3934), introduced by Ways and Means top Republican Kevin Brady (R-TX), reforms the Social Security Act by replacing an unfair formula for calculating benefits – known as the Windfall Elimination Provision — with a new, fairer formula that treats teachers, police officers, firefighters, and other public servants like the rest of America’s workers.
Upon introduction of this legislation, the Texan lawmaker released the following statement:
“For years, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called for a permanent solution to fix WEP. This arbitrary Washington compromise has resulted in unfair treatment for our teachers, fire fighters, and police officers; and Texans simply cannot afford Congress to remain inactive and let this unfair policy be the law of the land.
“Now is the time for Congress to put forth a solution that can actually be signed by the President. This legislation permanently repeals the current WEP, and instead uses a fairer formula that treats public servants like all other American workers. Democrats agree that this is a problem we must address now, and we hope they join us in fixing this long-standing problem this year. While I am introducing a bill today, I am committed to staying at the table to get a bill to the President’s desk”
Find more information on H.R. 3934 below:
- Association of Texas Professional Educators
- Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund
- International Union of Police Associations
- Louisiana State Employees’ Retirement System (LASERS)
- National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
- National Conference of State Social Security Administrators (NCSSSA)
- Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS)
- Texas Retired Teachers Association