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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

May 3, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) was today named in Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Bipartisanship Index within the top 10% of most-bipartisan members of the US House. Ryan ranked 42nd out of 435 members during the 116th Congress.

April 30, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC  — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today applauds newly released data collected by Co-Equal detailing the benefits of the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) passed as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. The tax credit will benefit over 2.3 million children in Ohio and 137,000 children in the 13th Congressional District and will be transformative for working families and their children, lifting millions out of poverty. 

April 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) announces the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) will begin registrations on Friday, April 30 at 9 a.m. EDT and applications for assistance will be available on Monday May 3 at 12 noon EDT. For the first 21 days that the program is open, the SBA will prioritize funding applications from businesses owned and controlled by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

April 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) released the following statement after President Biden delivered a joint address to Congress highlighting the important work his Administration is doing to help Americans recover after the global health and economic crisis we have faced over the past year as well as the steps he’s taking to build back better and put our country on the right track for generations to come.

April 28, 2021 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces $18.8 million in federal funds for Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services to expand and develop programs to help keep ill, injured Ohio workers in the workforce.  

April 22, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13), Robert Aderholt (AL-04), and Frank Mrvan (IN-01) introduced the Build America, Buy America Act to apply Buy America rules to all taxpayer-funded infrastructure and public works projects. Currently, Buy America rules have not been fully implemented with respect to all federal programs that provide grants for the construction of infrastructure. This means American-made iron, steel and manufactured products are required for some infrastructure projects, but not all. 

April 13, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tim Ryan highlights the urgent needs of Ohio’s infrastructure and how the President’s infrastructure plan will help Ohio address those needs. Information provided by the White House details the number of bridges and miles of road in Ohio that are in poor condition, the percentage of households without access to broadband, and the billions of dollars needed to upgrade the state’s water infrastructure.

April 9, 2021 Press Release

Akron, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces $4,077,875 in funding for Akron’s AxessPointe Community Health Centers and $905,625 for Akron’s Asian Services in Action (ASIA). This funding was made available through the American Rescue Plan Act, which was passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by President Biden.

April 8, 2021 Press Release

Niles, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced that more help is here for local businesses and jobs as the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program will begin accepting applications today, Thursday, April 8th, 2021. Ryan helped secure additional funding for the program as part of the American Rescue Plan’s support for small businesses.

April 1, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) today was joined by Congressmen David Joyce (R-OH-14) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH-16) in introducing the Federal Government Decentralization Commission Act, a bill to establish a bipartisan commission within the General Services Administration (GSA) to study the relocation of executive agencies or divisions of executive agencies outside the Washington metropolitan area.  It would require GSA to submit a plan to Congress for the relocation of recommended agencies or divisions, and to prioritize relocations to low-income communities or a

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