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Ed-Insider April 25, 2003

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April 25, 2003

News Flash!

  • Hearing on Social Security Offsets (GPO/WEP)
  • IDEA Reauthorization on the House Floor

Social Security Offsets - May 1 Hearing!
On May 1, the House Social Security Subcommittee holds a hearing on the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). The GPO and WEP reduce Social Security payments to retirees from non-Social Security public employment plans. These reductions in Social Security payments potentially affect some 6 million Federal, State, and local government employees.

NEA opposes the unfair offsets and will offer testimony advocating their full repeal.

Action Alert!

  • If your Representative sits on the Social Security Subcommittee, send a message urging support for full repeal of the GPO/WEP. Social Security Subcommittee members include:

Republicans: Shaw (FL), Chairman; Brady (TX); Collins (GA); Hayworth (AZ); Hulshof (MO); Johnson (TX); Lewis (KY); Ryan (WI)

Democrats: Matsui (CA), Ranking Minority Member; Becerra (CA); Cardin (MD); Jones (OH); Pomeroy (ND).
[Note: Representative Matsui is a cosponsor of the House repeal bill, H.R. 594 (McKeon (R-CA)-Berman (D-CA)].

IDEA on the House Action Calendar:
As early as April 30, the House is scheduled to take up H.R. 1350 reauthorizing the special education law (IDEA).

  • NEA opposes voucher amendments. Representative DeMint (R-SC) is expected to offer a voucher amendment styled on the Florida McKay Special Education Voucher Program.

  • NEA supports amendments for mandatory full funding of the federal share of special education costs

    Action Alert -- Urge your representative to…


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