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Bill Would Give Public Employees Full Social Security Benefits

The lawmaker is co-sponsoring a bill that changes the way benefits are calculated and would replace the Windfall Elimination Provision.

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Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands

 

A Houston-area congressman is co-sponsoring a bill that would allow public employees who’ve paid into Social Security to collect their full benefits.

Under that bill, public employees like teachers, firefighters, and police officers would have their Social Security benefits calculated the same as other workers. Federal law currently reduces benefits for public sector employees who receive a pension.  

Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, spoke about his proposal at an event in Houston. He says the measure would replace the Windfall Elimination Provision.

“With a new and fair formula that treats our public servants just like other Americans, like other workers in this country.”

Brady says if that provision is done away with, current retirees could see up to an additional $20,000 during their retirement. Future retirees could get as much as $32,000.

“And as you know, when you’re retiring and when you are retired, every dollar matters.”

It’s a bipartisan measure co-sponsored with Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts. It’s unclear when Congress will take up that bill.

 

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