WHEREAS these provisions penalize both lifetime public servants and individuals who move from self-employment or private sector employment into teaching, public safety, and other public service careers; and they are thereby an obstacle to hiring and retaining the most qualified public employees; and
WHEREAS these penalties are totally unjust, discriminatory and punitive against public employees, because they are not applied to non-public retirement income, American or foreign, not even unearned inheritance or gambling; Social Security benefits should be paid independently of pension benefits just as employees’ contributions were; and these reductions in Social Security benefits do not reduce the federal deficit;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Democratic Club of Claremont urges the Congress and President to protect public employees’ earned and paid-for Social Security benefits by repealing the WEP and GPO, which will be accomplished by enacting the bipartisan Social Security Fairness Act H.R. 1795, its Senate equivalent S. 896 or similar legislation; and
THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Democratic Club of Claremont will send this resolution to our Representative Judy Chu, Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, President Barack Obama, and the bills’ Democratic co-authors: Representative Adam Schiff and Senators Mark Begich and Elizabeth Warren.
Approved at the Democratic Club of Claremont General Membership Meeting, May 27, 2013