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BEA Home PageEd-Insider April 25, 2003
A weekly review of progress on the Quality Public Schools Agenda and other legislation that impacts our students, classrooms, and public education.April 25, 2003
- 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.
- 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)].
- If your Representative is not a subcommittee member, send a message asking that he or she urge the subcommittee to repeal the unfair offsets.
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
- oppose special education vouchers and
- support mandatory full funding of the federal share of special education costs. [http://capwiz.com/nea/issues/alert/?alertid=1785546]
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