Hurd Fights for Fair Retirement Benefits for Public Workers

July 30, 2019
Press Release
‘The men and women that dedicate their lives to serving, educating and protecting our communities should be rewarded for their service, not penalized.’

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) joined fellow Texas Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-08) last week to fight for benefits for our Texas retired public servants by introducing the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2019. This bipartisan bill makes fairer the Social Security benefits for our retired workers by repealing the modified benefit formula known as the Windfall Elimination Provision.

“The men and women that dedicate their lives to serving, educating and protecting our communities should be rewarded for their service, not penalized,” said Hurd. “I have supported the repeal of the Windfall Elimination Provision from the beginning of my time in Congress because Social Security benefits should be based on the contributions of these hardworking Americans instead of an arbitrary formula. That is why I am proud to join my friend and fellow Texan Rep. Kevin Brady in introducing the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2019, so we end the unfair treatment of millions of public servants and ensure they get the benefits and retirement they have earned.”

“For years, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called for a permanent solution to fix WEP. This arbitrary Washington compromise has resulted in unfair treatment for our teachers, fire fighters, and police officers; and Texans simply cannot afford Congress to remain inactive and let this unfair policy be the law of the land,” said Rep. Brady. “Now is the time for Congress to put forth a solution that can actually be signed by the President. This legislation permanently repeals the current WEP, and instead uses a fairer formula that treats public servants like all other American workers.  Democrats agree that this is a problem we must address now, and we hope they join us in fixing this long-standing problem this year. While I am introducing a bill today, I am committed to staying at the table to get a bill to the President’s desk.”