Day to Repeal Social Security Offsets
Hill - October 1, the NEA National Day to Repeal Social Security
Offsets, was a great day on Capitol Hill! Educators from 47 states visited
Congressional offices to urge repeal of laws that unfairly reduce the
Social Security benefits of educators and other public employees.
have won the support of:
Members of Congress as cosponsors
for H.R. 594 (McKeon (R-CA), Berman (D-CA)), and
Senators as cosponsors
of the companion bill, S. 349 (Feinstein (D-CA), Collins (R-ME)).
would eliminate both the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall
Elimination Provision (WEP). (http://www.nea.org/lac/socsec/)
- More than 7,000 colleagues phoned in their stories of the offsets'
Price of Success: 'Line Overload!' - A very special "THANK
YOU!!" to all who had to try and try again to record your message.
The flood of phone messages challenged the capacity of the telephone
network and triggered 'line overload.' It proved a 'teachable moment'
and the engineers designed a way to double the capacity of the system.
Thank you for your patience, tenacity, and steadfast support.
The toll-free line [1-800-818-6030] will be open through Wednesday,
is pressing for action on the House and Senate repeal
Vouchers - NEA Message Resonates; Senate Delays Vote (HR 2765)
Senate delayed a vote on the House-passed D.C. voucher plan after a
start-and- stop spirited debate. The transparent truth of NEA message
has given the Senate pause: "Vouchers don't work. Do what's right.
Vote NO to the false-hope of ill-conceived, taxpayer-paid private school
vouchers in the District of Columbia. "
message to Congress
The D.C. voucher bill is likely to come up again when the Senate returns
from the October 3 - 14 recess. Tell Congress: "Do what's right.
say 'NO' to vouchers."