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H.R. 141 (116th): Social Security Fairness Act of 2019

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Should these 1977 and 1983 rules be eliminated, or do they help save taxpayers money and prevent “double dipping” into the system?


Two changes to Social Security from the ’70s and ’80s reduce the program’s benefits for millions of public sector employees including teachers, police officers, and firefighters.

Both provisions were enacted to prevent so-called “double dipping,” or people receiving Social Security payouts from two different sources. However, over the decades, many in both parties have come to believe their cumulative accidental effect has been to unjustly lower Social Security payments to deserving recipients.

While both provisions are complicated, here’s a short breakdown.


The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) can reduce your Social Security payment by up to $447 per year under current law. Enacted in 1983, the …

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Rodney Davis

Sponsor. Representative for Illinois's 13th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Jan 3, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 3, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


264 Cosponsors (202 Democrats, 62 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - February 15, 2019
    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 19, 2019

Congressman Gonzalez Supports Legislation to Repeal Windfall Elimination Provision and Government Pension Offset Titles for Social Security
    — Rep. Vicente Gonzalez [D-TX15] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 31, 2019

Congressman Denver Riggleman's bipartisan FinCEN Legislation passes by unanimous consent in the House
    — Rep. Denver Riggleman [R-VA5, 2019-2020] on Mar 12, 2019

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Jan 3, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 141 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 141. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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