Congressman Kevin McCarthy met with local pastors Thursday to discuss his recently-introduced bill, the Clergy Act.
The bill would offer pastors and other clergy members – many of whom opted out of paying into Social Security in their youth – a two-year “open season” to effectively opt-in to Social Security.
“In speaking with pastors throughout our community and faith leaders across the country, it became clear to me that clergy members need more choice and adaptability when it comes to planning for their retirement, including the ability to opt back into Social Security.
“The Clergy Act would accomplish two important things. First, it would empower faith leaders to decide what is best for their retirement and provide them a second chance to re-enroll into Social Security. Second, the Clergy Act would allow clergy members who do choose to opt-in to Social Security access to Social Security disability benefits should they ever need them in the future. This legislation is long overdue – faith leaders deserve more freedom and flexibility as they plan for retirement.”