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S. 521 (116th): Social Security Fairness Act

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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 ...

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Sherrod Brown

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Ohio. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 14, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Feb 14, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 14, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.



Feb 14, 2019

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S. 521 (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 S. 521. 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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