Cites "inequities" in distributions

Schock pitches Social Security Fairness Act

By Marc Strauss

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:19 PM CDT

Not everyone who contributes to social security gets to collect it. 18th district Congressman Aaron Schock doesn't think that's fair.

Schock talked about that this morning at the downtown branch of the Peoria Public Library where he was promoting the Social Security Fairness Act. In Congress its known as H–R 235 and its meant to protect public sector employees who may contribute to social security on a private sector job.

"As more and more individuals try to increase their household income(s) and a lot of public sector employees take on additional work, whether part-time on the weekends or in the evenings, they are paying into social security," Schock told News 25.

But because those people (such as public school teachers) have a full-time job with the government, the social security benefits they would receive from their part-time, private employment are reduced. Schock says that has to change.

"We’re not saying that anyone should draw from social security who hasn’t paid in. But if you have paid into social security and also work for the government, you should be provided some social security benefit for all of those years of paying in."

Schock says the bill has been stalled in Congress for several years now and is encouraging people to contact the office of House Ways and Means committee chairman Charlie Rengel (D-NY) to force a hearing. Rangel's office can be reached at (202) 225-4365 or people can send letters to him, addressed to Chairman Charlie Rangel, 2345 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC, 20515.

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