There is no recent action in Congress on the federal laws that penalize employees, including most Texas school employees, who receive a government pension based on work in which they did not pay into Social Security. But new bills have been filed in this 116th US Congress to address the issue; these are the bills to keep an eye on:

HR 141 by Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Illinois) and S 521 by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) are identical bills known as the Social Security Fairness Act of 2019. They would fully repeal both the Government Pension Offset ("GPO" - the penalty affecting spousal Social Security benefits) and the Windfall Elimination Provision ("WEP" - the penalty affecting the employee's own earned benefits). Neither bill has been scheduled for a committee hearing.

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) has in recent years filed legislation that would amend the WEP law to provide a fairer calculation of the penalty, but this legislation has not yet been filed in the new congressional session.

Although state-level legislation cannot resolve these federal issues, three resolutions have been filed to urge Congress to repeal the GPO and WEP: HCR 19 by Rep. Abel Herrero, HCR 25 by Rep. Victoria Neave, and SCR 5 by Sen. Joan Huffman. These resolutions have not been scheduled for a committee hearing at this time.