Social Security Offsets – Current Status

The Social Security Fairness Act now boasts a record 352 bipartisan cosponsors in the House and 37 cosponsors in the Senate. In November, 2007, the Senate Finance Committee, Subcommittee on Social Security, held a hearing on the offsets, followed in February 2008 by a hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee. These hearings, and the high number of cosponsors, reflect the hard work of activists across the country in raising the profile of this issue and moving it farther in this current Congress than ever before.
The 110th Congress will adjourn this fall. While our congressional sponsors have been working very closely with the committees overseeing the issue looking for appropriate vehicles to move the Social Security Fairness Act forward, it is unlikely any additional action will occur on the offsets prior to adjournment. The Social Security Fairness Act will need to be reintroduced in the 111th Congress, which begins in January 2009. Repeal of the offsets will remain a top National Education Association priority for the next Congress and we will be pushing the new President and Congress to take immediate action.
This issue is well covered on the NEA website.
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