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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 16, 2015 Press Release

Washington DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement in opposition to extending the deadline to reconsider a critical component to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) or Fast Track Legislation, the new deadline is July 30, 2015.

June 15, 2015 Press Release

Akron, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan is announcing that $45 million in federal funds has been allocated to the Development Fund of Western Reserve Inc. to support economic development projects that will create quality jobs and provide commercial and community goods and services to residents throughout the organization’s 18-county service area in Northeast Ohio.

June 12, 2015 Press Release

Washington DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement today after he voted against Trade Promotion Authority or “Fast Track”. The House of Representatives blocked TPA or “Fast Track” from advancing to the President’s desk:

June 12, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressmen Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Michael Turner (OH-10) are today announcing $10 million in funding for additive manufacturing innovation research program based at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The program was created last year to equip the United States Air Force with the technology and expertise to use 3D printing and other emerging manufacturing techniques to fabricate low-volume replacement parts for weapons systems at a lower cost than can be achieved through current defense procurement processes.

June 9, 2015 Press Release

Washington DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement today on his opposition to the FY 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations:

“I stand in staunch opposition to this legislation that freezes or cuts critical transportation investments and housing programs that assist vulnerable families in Ohio and across the nation.

June 9, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Tim Ryan (Oh-13) is announcing a $495,910 federal grant for the Consortium for Advanced Hybrid Manufacturing–Integrating Technologies (CAM-IT). This consortium, which was established with the assistance of Youngstown State University and North Carolina State University, will be the first develop a comprehensive roadmap for integrating additive and subtractive metal manufacturing technologies in order to accelerate the adoption of the technology. This combined method is more commonly referred to as “hybrid manufacturing”.

June 3, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Tim Ryan today joined 60 of his House colleagues in writing a letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Nancy Pelosi, calling on them to ensure that the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) legislation is fully funded and does not use cuts to Medicare to pay for the TAA program.

May 19, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Tim Ryan today issued the following statement on the passage of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act, which extends the Highway Trust Fund by two months:

April 29, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement today in response to the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) unanimous renewal of antidumping and countervailing duty orders on oil country tubular goods (OCTG) from China:

April 29, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement today in response to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives joint introduction of Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority: