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
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced $25.4 million in funding provided to Mercy Health Youngstown to continue providing COVID-19 health services to the Mahoning Valley. Mercy Health’s St. Elizabeth Hospital in Boardman is receiving $13,084,972 and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown is receiving $12,390,297. The CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, each supported by Congressman Ryan, provided $175 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other healthcare providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced a $436,324 grant to the Ohio North East Health System, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Youngstown, Ohio, to expand their capacity for coronavirus testing.
Youngstown, OH – Today, Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Annie Kuster (D-NH) introduced legislation to provide $25,000 in either student loan debt relief or education benefits to essential workers and their family members.
Youngstown, Ohio — Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) urged Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Director of Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, Kimberly Hall to review the implementation policies surrounding the penalty week for those Ohioans filing for unemployment assistance.
Congressman Ryan has received calls from a number of constituents who are facing penalty weeks and a longer than usual appeals process at a time when they need immediate financial assistance.
Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Schumer, urging them to strongly support efforts to include a “Heroes Fund” in the CARES 2.0 Act, which creates a $25,000 pandemic premium pay increase for essential frontline workers, as well as a $15,000 recruitment incentive for health and home care workers and first responders.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan is today announcing over $5,870,856 in supplemental financial assistance from the recently passed CARES Act for Summit, Portage, Mahoning, and Trumbull Housing Authorities. This funding will support tenant-based rental assistance, prevention assistance, and adequate response assistance in response to the Coronavirus pandemic in public housing located within their jurisdictions.
Washington, DC -- U.S. Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13), Jason Crow (CO-06), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) and Katie Porter (CA-45) announced legislation to require the president to utilize the full power of the Defense Production Act to mobilize a federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill is the House companion to the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act introduced earlier this morning by Senators Baldwin, Murphy, and Schumer.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted in support of the Paycheck Protection Program & Health Care Enhancement Act, providing an additional $370 billion in assistance to small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program, the Emergency Disaster Lending Program, and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program. The legislation also provides an additional $75 billion for hospitals and medical providers, and $25 billion for coronavirus testing.
Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today alerted constituents of an IRS notice for several groups of federal benefit recipients to act by noon this Wednesday, April 22, if they didn't file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents, so they can quickly receive the full amount of their Economic Impact Payment.
Since the coronavirus struck our shores, my focus has been on keeping Americans safe and ensuring working people don’t get left behind. Their struggles today are greater than ever. Too many have suffered job losses, shrinking income, isolation, and health issues — all while caring for children and other loved ones.