House Committee Advances Social Security Benefits Bill

The bill would increase benefits for certain public workers.

Legislation advanced in the House Ways and Means Committee would eliminate rules that reduce Social Security benefits to persons employed in public roles, such as teachers, firefighters, law enforcement, or government workers. Yet it remains unclear whether the bill will pass.

The Social Security Fairness Act calls for repealing two titles of the Social Security Act that reduce or eliminate benefits for Americans who work in public service — the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset.

The House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday voted to send the bill, called the Social Security Fairness Act, to the House of Representatives with no changes.

Experts say the bill still faces a challenging journey to the floor of the House. One key downside to the bill is that it does not include any changes to help pay for the benefit increases.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Speaker Pelosi as she chooses which legislation to bring to the floor.
  • For members of the House Ways and Means Committee as they bring bills and acts to the House of Representatives.
  • For officials in the Social Security Administration as they assess the reductions for workers in public service roles.

Sources: Roll Call, CNBC


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