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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 20, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13), Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Joyce Beatty (OH-3), Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), and Steve Stivers (OH-15), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for approving Ohio’s request to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Online Purchasing Pilot. Approval of Ohio’s request will enable SNAP recipients across the state to use SNAP EBT cards to purchase groceries online at authorized online retailers.  

May 18, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately bring up the Heroes Act for consideration in the United States Senate. The Heroes Act, which Congressman Ryan voted in support of last week, would provide the needed stabilization funds for the nation’s families and small businesses. It included a second round of direct payments to families and extended both the federal unemployment payment through January 2021 and the Payroll Protection Program’s (PPP) forgiveness deadline from eight to 24 weeks.

May 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) voted today in support of the Heroes Act, a bold and comprehensive legislative package that meets the challenges this pandemic poses to our nation. The Heroes Act provides additional cash assistance payments, financial aid to local communities, hazard pay for essential workers, and support for testing, tracing, and treatment. The Heroes Act will protect working-class Americans by providing crucial stabilization funds.

May 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC — Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Jason Crow (D-Colo.), Katie Porter (D-CA), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) and Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today welcomed inclusion of their language offered in the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act in the latest COVID-19 stimulus package, the HEROES Act:

May 12, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today applauds the introduction of the Heroes Act, a bold and comprehensive coronavirus response bill that continues to meet the challenges this pandemic poses to our nation. The Heroes Act provides additional cash assistance payments, financial aid to local communities, hazard pay for essential workers, and support for testing, tracing, and treatment. 

May 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today Congressmen Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Mike Turner (OH-10) led a bipartisan call for President Trump to restore the pension plans of Delphi Salaried Retirees before any further coronavirus relief for the auto industry. In a letter to the President, Ryan and Turner urged the Administration to direct that the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) settle pending litigation over the Delphi Salary plans and request that the PBCG restore lost pensions.

May 11, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) urges House and Senate Leadership to update the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Emergency Injury and Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) to account for the needs of local businesses and the current timeframe for businesses to reopen in the face of the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis.

May 11, 2020 Press Release

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.

May 8, 2020 Press Release

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.

May 5, 2020 Press Release

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.

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