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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

April 17, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Today, Representative Tim Ryan (OH-13) joins Reps. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Steve Cohen (TN-09), and more than 30 cosigners in urging House and Senate leaders to repeal a $170 billion tax break that was slipped into the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) for the benefit of hedge fund owners and wealthy real estate developers. While most Americans will get a one-time economic impact payment of $1,200, the small number of wealthy individuals eligible for this tax break stand to gain an average tax break of $1.6 million.

April 17, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Today, Congressman Tim Ryan joined over 120 lawmakers in urging congressional leadership to include funding for the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the next coronavirus relief package. In a letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Ryan and the lawmakers requested $50 billion in emergency grants and appropriations as well as access to $25 billion in borrowing authority be issued to the USPS.

April 16, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today urged Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to expedite the implementation of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program to expand eligibility for unemployment insurance in Ohio to those who would not normally qualify. The PUA was established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

April 15, 2020 Press Release

Lordstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today made the following statement on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approving the GM-LG Chem Lordstown Battery Plant’s permit. Earlier today, the Western Reserve Port Authority (WRPA) authorized a sales tax exemption certificate for the Lordstown Battery Plant. The plant will mass-produce battery cells for next-generation electric vehicles on approximately 177 acres of property.

April 14, 2020 Press Release

Akron, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan is today announcing $7.8 million in federal COVID-19 funds made available through the CARES Act to local airports, including $7.6 million for Akron Canton Regional Airport. This funding is part of nearly $10 billion available from the CARES Act to eligible U.S. airports to help them respond to coronavirus impacts and for ongoing airport operations such as continued employment.

April 14, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio — Today, Representative Tim Ryan (OH-13) urged the Trump Administration to fix Medicare reimbursement issues for mental health providers. In a letter sent to Administrator Seema Verma of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Ryan called on the Administration to change two rules that have negatively impacted the quality and quantity of mental health services provided to clients.

April 14, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) introduced the Emergency Money for the People Act to provide additional cash payments for hard-working Americans who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the CARES Act was an important first step, its one-time payment does not provide nearly enough support for American families.

April 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan calls on the U.S. Department of Treasury and U.S. Small Business Administration to stop private equity firms from exploiting COVID-19 crisis to prey on small businesses. In a letter to Secretary Mnuchin and Administrator Carranza, Ryan rang the alarm on private equity firms looking to divert CARES Act funds to themselves and away from the intended recipients: small businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

April 10, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced $989,773,417 in federal relief funds for Ohio hospitals and healthcare providers. Payments will begin going out today.

These funds will be distributed to 10,166 different hospitals and providers across the State of Ohio – a breakdown of individual disbursements had not yet been made available at the time of this release. These are payments, not loans, to healthcare providers, and will not need to be repaid.

April 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) announces over $50 million in federal funds for colleges, universities, and other higher educational institutions in Ohio’s 13th Congressional District, as well as emergency financial aid grants for students. The institutions are allowed to keep a portion of the money they receive to help cover the significant financial losses many schools have suffered.