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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

June 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today commended Goodyear on its acquisition of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, and its continued commitment to Ohio workers. Following this announcement, the lawmakers pressed the Akron-based company to take steps to sustain and grow the Findlay plant operations. The acquisition will merge Cooper Tire & Rubbers’ Findlay-based workforce with Goodyear’s workforce in Akron, making it the only U.S.-based tire manufacturer in the country.

May 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today released the following statement in response to President Joe Biden’s FY22 budget. In addition to the transformative proposals in the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan, and among its many important components, President Biden’s budget invests in creating jobs, rebuilding our public health infrastructure, taking action on climate change, and strengthening America’s place in the world. Across every agency, President Biden’s budget has a relentless focus on fostering equity.

May 27, 2021 In The News

Congressman Tim Ryan is calling on his colleagues to pass legislation that would lower prescription drug prices.

Ryan supports the Lower Drug Costs Now Act that would give Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug costs, which advocates say is the most effective way to bring drug prices down.

May 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – At a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee’s Energy and Water Subcommittee, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today urged Lieutenant General Scott A. Spellmon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clean up the Mahoning River. Lt. Gen. Spellmon responded that the US Army Corps would be a partner in helping to get the river restored. Spellmon also said that he had spoken to the US EPA Administrator about finding a way to move forward on the Mahoning River.

May 17, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today urged Ohioans to apply for the recently-launched Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program that will provide a $50 per month relief for broadband services and up to $100 for families to buy a tablet or computer. This program specifically targets the hard-working Americans who have been among the most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 14, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today urges hardworking families in Northeast Ohio to file their taxes before the May, 17 filing deadline in order to receive their Child Tax Credits without delay. As part of the American Rescue Plan, which was passed by House and Senate Democrats and signed into law by President Biden, families could get monthly payments of up to $300 per child beginning as soon as July. The best way to ensure eligible families receive their payments is to file a 2020 tax return – even if a family doesn’t have earnings to report or don’t norma

May 13, 2021 In The News

Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) urged President Biden and House Speaker Pelosi to transition the United States Postal Service's delivery vehicle fleet to entirely electric vehicles.

In a letter to each official, Rep. Ryan joined with 53 other lawmakers encouraging the top Democrats to support funding in the upcoming infrastructure package, the American Jobs Plan, to enable the Postal Service to purchase an all-electric delivery fleet and the needed infrastructure to support that fleet.

May 12, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-08) today are announcing the HOT CARS Act to address injuries and fatalities around the country resulting from the hot interiors of vehicles. The legislation would mandate that all new vehicles be equipped with an alert system to remind drivers to check their back seats. 

May 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) co-sponsored legislation that would allow Americans to buy into Medicare early, between the ages of 50 to 64, an important step in expanding access to high quality and affordable health insurance.

May 7, 2021 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBN) – Valley Congressman Tim Ryan is trying to get more C130-J planes for the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna. 

Ryan made a pitch Friday to Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth and Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Brown to provide funding that could deliver additional C-130J aircraft to Youngstown Air Reserve Station. Four new planes have already been secured.