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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

February 18, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) joined Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) today in introducing legislation to hold currency manipulators accountable. The Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act takes aim at currency manipulators by enabling the Department of Commerce to impose countervailing duties to offset the impact of currency manipulation on a U.S. industry.

February 3, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan statement on President Obama’s 2016 Fiscal Year Budget’s inclusion of $9.4 million for the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) to upgrade their Indoor Firing Range:

February 3, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement today in response to President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget:

January 29, 2015 Press Release

Washington DC – Congressman Tim Ryan announces $1,323,428 to Portage Private Industry Council, Inc. in Ravenna, Ohio.

January 14, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Members of Congress, union and environmental activists, a leading American businessman and consumer advocates stood together today to show the breadth of opposition to Fast Track Authority. A proposal to grant these powers to President Obama, which would allow trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to be rammed through Congress with little debate or transparency, is expected to be unveiled early this year.

January 5, 2015 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement after the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) decision not to renew the Corrections Corporation of America’s (CCA) contract to house inmates at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (NEOCC):

December 22, 2014 Press Release

Washington DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement tonight after he voted against the Omnibus Appropriations bill:

December 18, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan and Congressman Bill Johnson today urged the U.S. Commerce Department urging the Department to “effectively apply the U.S. trade remedy laws and fully enforce the antidumping (“AD”) and countervailing duty (“CVD”) orders on aluminum extrusions from China.” Joining Ryan and Johnson on the letter were Congressmen Pete Sessions (TX-32), Lynn Westmoreland (GA-3), Walter Jones (NC-3), Paul Tonko (NY-20) and Collin Peterson (MN-7), and Congresswomen Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2) and Diane Black (TN-6).

December 4, 2014 Press Release

Washington DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement today in response to his vote in favor of the One-Year Tax Extenders Bill:

December 2, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C – Congressman Tim Ryan today is announcing two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Program grants for the Stark County Educational Service Center and the Akron City Schools. These grants are part of more than $5 million announced earlier today by Secretary Tom Vilsack for 82 projects in 42 states that support the USDA’s efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers.