State Sen. Bob Hall recently penned a letter to U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas. In it he calls on Brady to help revamp the federal Windfall Elimination Provision, or WEP – that’s a 1983 law designed to keep certain public servants, including teachers, from double dipping into publicly funded pensions and Social Security. Here is the link to Senator Bob Hall’s website.
Brady, who represents Texas’ 8th Congressional District, has been working on an alternative to the WEP since 2015.
Hall says that teachers, firefighters, and police officers who HAVE paid into Social Security deserve to get their Social Security benefits. Many civil servants DID pay into the system before becoming civil servants, and those Social Security payments are nullified for retiring teachers and some first responders.
Hall’s opponent for District 2 is Democrat Kendall Scudder. In a statement, Scudder said he agrees with Hall, but also accused Hall of pandering over a federal issue that he has no control over as a state senator.
In response, Hall said he is trying to raise awareness about the issue, not solve it.