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Marylanders who are impacted by the Windfall Elimination Provision need to be aware of a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives which could restore all or some of the reduction of their SSA retirement benefits.

HR 5697 is filed by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts and U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas. It would repeal WEP and redesign the basic Social Security formula.

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The original WEP was passed in 1982 to prevent double-dipping by federal retirees. If HR 5697 passes the House and Senate, it will go to President Barack Obama, who has said in his first campaign that he would support any repeal of WEP.

If the bill is approved and passed, retired federal employees will be able to collect what is actually due to them from Social Security funds, not just a small percentage. This is for retired federal employees who worked full- or part-time for private employers, while working for the Social Security administration to earn the amount of credit quarters to apply for retirement SSA benefits.

It is not fair to cut SSA benefits of retired federal employees to lower the U.S. government deficit when Social Security did not add one penny to that deficit. The government took billions of dollars from the SSA trust fund and repaid a penny.

Please flood your representatives with emails, letters and phone calls in an effort to get this bill passed.

William Hickey

Littlestown, Pa.

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