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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 9, 2020 Press Release

Akron, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan today announced that Ohio will receive $40,732,260 in supplemental funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support 51 Ohio health centers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Of that funding, Asian Services in Action, Inc. and Axesspointe Community Health Center Inc.

April 9, 2020 Press Release

Washington D.C.—Today Congressman Tim Ryan cosponsored the Coronavirus Community Relief Act, new legislation to provide $250 billion in stabilization funds for local communities, cities, and towns across the United States that are struggling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

April 7, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) and U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ (ODJFS) request to operate the Disaster Household Distribution Program. The announcement comes after the Ryan and Ohio Members of Congress sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue last week urging swift approval of ODJFS’ request to operate the program.

April 7, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) joined 41 Members of Congress in urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to support hazard pay and requiring workplace protections for essential frontline blue collar workers keeping the economy afloat during the COVID-19 crisis. The lawmakers urged Pelosi and McCarthy to require that employers protect workers on the job while providing them with hazard pay in future COVID-19 legislation. 

April 7, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced $7.3 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the full State of Ohio and $894,035 in Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funding to combat the coronavirus pandemic specifically in Northeast Ohio. The HHS funding was received through the Health Center Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and was awarded to Ohio North East Health Systems Inc. The CDC funding was awarded through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act – i

April 7, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today sent a letter to the CEO’s of major airlines in the United States calling on them to ensure that their companies are following the law and providing cash refunds to travelers on cancelled flights—not just credits. Just a few weeks ago, Congress passed the CARES ACT, which provided the airline industry with a $25 billion bailout.

April 3, 2020 Press Release

Lordstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) applauds GM-Honda announcement to use GM-LG Chem’s Ultium batteries, which will be built in Lordstown, Ohio, in a new joint venture to develop two new electric vehicles. 

April 2, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – After Congressman Tim Ryan’s urging, venture capital backed start-ups will now be eligible for coronavirus relief loans through the Paycheck Protection Program passed under the $2 trillion CARES Act, which became law last week. Today, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin released new guidelines for the Paycheck Protection Program loan eligibility to allow small businesses not controlled by a single outside shareholder to be eligible.

April 2, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Tim Ryan today urged US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to ensure that any future COVID-19 economic stabilization legislation provide direct funding to cities, towns, and counties with a population under 500,000. 

The Congressman joined 125 of his House colleagues in suggesting to Speaker Pelosi that without targeted stabilization funding, smaller localities will be unable to continue providing these critical services needed to confront the COVID-19 virus.

April 1, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Tonight, after Congressman Tim Ryan’s urging, the U.S. Department of Treasury reversed its order and will now allow Social Security recipients who typically do not file taxes to receive their $1,200 check automatically without needing to submit any additional documents.