House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) “tabled” a vote on an amended version of H.R. 711, the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act. The measure would have reduced the impact of the Social Security’s Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) on about 1.7 million retired public employees, including Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) annuitants. The NAPUS-supported “original” bill attracted 119 cosponsors. However, a day before committee consideration, Chairman Brady, the author of the bill, abruptly proposed an amendment that would have dramatically decreased the WEP relief provided by the bill. Originally, the bill would have reduced the WEP penalty by about 50%; the amendment would have reduced the penalty by only 15%. Brady offered no explanation as to the reason for the amendment. In response to the amendment, many of the groups that had previously promoted H.R. 711, withdrew support. Consequently, Brady deferred action on the bill.
This article first appeared on NAPUS 7/14/16 – PEN