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Issue Position: Fixing the General Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision

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The General Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) are provisions of the Social Security Act that negatively impact social security payments for thousands of Californians who have worked in public service. These two titles unfairly hurt individuals who have devoted much of their careers to public service, including thousands of teachers. When these individuals retire, they find that their Social Security payments are often significantly less than expected because of the WEP and GPO. Congressman Schiff is an original cosponsor of the Social Security Fairness Act -- legislation that would eliminate both provisions, restoring fairness to the Social Security system. In past Congresses, he has also supported efforts to bring this legislation to the House Floor for an up or down vote.

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