Congressman Ted Poe kept his pledge to support Texas teachers today by signing a discharge petition to bring H.R. 147, the Social Security Fairness Act to the floor for an immediate vote. To bring the bill to the floor, the petition needs 218 signatures. Congressman Poes signature brings the total to 122.

I support Texas teachers and their dedication to our children, said Poe. I encourage other Members of Congress to join me in calling for an immediate vote on this issue. Teachers have waited long enough for Congress to act on this legislation and should not continue to be penalized for inaction.

Congressman Poe is a cosponsor of the following legislation:

The Social Security Fairness Act
Amends title II, the Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) of the Social Security Act to repeal: (1) pension offset provisions applicable to husband's and wife's insurance benefits, widow's and widower's insurance benefits, and mother's and father's insurance benefits with respect to OASDI payments; and (2) windfall elimination provisions with respect to computation of the primary insurance amount of an individual.

The Public Servant Retirement Protection Act of 2005
Amends title II, the Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to repeal the current windfall elimination provision (WEP) (that reduces the Social Security benefits of workers who also have pension benefits from employment not covered by Social Security) for individuals first performing non-covered service beginning one year after enactment of this Act.

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