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Helping Working Families

Standing Up for Workers and Working Families

Over the last 20 years, the gap between the wealthy and the middle class has grown significantly.  Families who were once comfortably in the middle class are now struggling to cope with record high prices for food, food and health care – while also providing a decent future for their families and children. A strong economy is the single most important factor in making the American Dream possible. I am proud to support legislation that stands with workers and working families and helps to alleviate the challenges they face.

Raising the Minimum Wage

In the United States, everyone should be able to access basic necessities like food and shelter. However, the current federal minimum wage is too low to adequately support someone working hard to make ends meet. At $7.25 an hour, the minimum wage pays only $15,000 per year, placing a family of three thousands of dollars below the poverty line. For hardworking Americans seeking economic security for themselves and their families, this is simply not good enough.

That is why I support raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. It can be very difficult to raise a family in this economy, and hardworking Americans deserve to be properly compensated. This bill is a step in the right direction.

Closing the Wage Gap

Despite the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women in the United States are paid on average just 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. In 2009, I was proud to vote for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and watch President Obama sign it into law. This important legislation clarified that pay discrimination constitutes a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As long as workers file their lawsuit within 180 days of receiving a discriminatory paycheck, their charges would still be considered timely.

Further, I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act. This bill aims to eliminate the gender wage gap by allowing women to collect punitive as well as compensatory damages for pay discrimination. The Paycheck Fairness Act also offers negotiation skills training to women and girls as well as resources to small businesses to promote pay equity in the workplace. Paycheck fairness is not only good for women, but also good for the economic security of American families.

Improving Family and Medical Leave

In this economic climate, no one should have to worry about losing his or her job due to family obligations or medical necessity. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 was passed to allow employees to take 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period to care for a family member, newborn, newly-adopted child, or newly-placed foster child. While this landmark legislation made great strides to help families during difficult and joyous times, we still have a long way to go to improve protected leave.

That is why I am a cosponsor the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, a bill that extends the legacy of the FMLA through 12 weeks of paid leave. I am also a cosponsor of the Healthy Families Act, which permits employees to earn at least one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Hardworking Americans should not have to choose between their health or the health of a family member and their paycheck.

Protecting the Workplace Rights of Pregnant Women

Women make up nearly half of the American workforce, yet their job security is often threatened when they become pregnant.  As a husband and father, I am proud to cosponsor the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bill making it unlawful to force pregnant women out of the workplace or deny them reasonable accommodations that would enable them to continue providing for their families.  

More on Helping Working Families

July 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), member of the House Appropriations Committee and Chairman of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee and Vice-Chair of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after securing nearly $18 million for all ten local Community Funding Projects that he submitted in the government funding package that passed the House of Representatives today. 

July 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today joined with his colleagues to re-introduce the Coal Royalty Fairness and Communities Investment Act, a bill that would provide $70 million for former coal communities to help strengthen their economies, diversify industries, and promote new job creation opportunities. 

July 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13), Mike Turner (OH-10), and Dan Kildee (MI-05)  today made their latest bipartisan push to help the restore pensions for the Delphi Salaried Retirees. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, the members requested a status update on a Trump-era Delphi report. 

July 19, 2021 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today is announcing a $125,000 federal grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) for the Youngstown Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (YUMADAOP) to enhance local ability to prevent and reduce substance misuse among youth and adults in Youngstown and Mahoning County. The grant will fund YUMADAOP’s Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, with additional support provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

July 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan today announces $3 million in federal funding for projects in Summit and Portage Counties that he secured through the House Appropriations Community Projects Funding (CPF) process. Projects include $1 for the Akron Civic Commons Lock 3 Park Project, $1 million for the Summa Health Sr.

July 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan today announces he secured nearly $15 million dollars in federal funding for Mahoning and Trumbull Counties through the House Appropriations Community Projects Funding (CPF) process.

July 15, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today encourages all hardworking families in Northeast Ohio to be on the lookout for advance monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit of up to $300 per month per child, which will start hitting bank accounts today, July 15th, and continue through December. These payments were delivered as part of the American Rescue Plan Act, which was passed by House and Senate Democrats and signed into law by President Biden.

July 7, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces his support for and co-sponsorship of the Homes for Every Local Protector, Educator, and Responder (HELPER) Act, which will establish a new home loan program for first responders and educators to affordably purchase a home. 

June 25, 2021 Press Release

Lordstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today released the following statement regarding TJX HomeGoods workers voting to ratify a three-year collective bargaining agreement. Ryan was instrumental in bringing the TJX Homegoods distribution plant to Lordstown by working across the aisle with Mayor Arno Hill, former Ohio Senator Sean O’Brien, Ohio Sena

June 14, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced that the IRS will continue to provide tax credits to help local small businesses cover the costs of providing paid sick and family leave for workers through September. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan that House and Senate Democrats passed, which was signed into law by President Joe Biden, employers with fewer than 500 employees may receive up to $17,110 per employee to provide employees with up to 10 days of paid sick leave and up to 12 weeks of paid family leave, from April 1 through September 30, 2021.