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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 14, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Last week Congressman Tim Ryan voted in support of the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014, a bill that would make the research and development tax credit, which expired at the end of 2013, permanent. The research this bill supports includes both basic and energy research, and changes the research credit to a three-year rolling average, giving researchers the time they need to maximize effectiveness and change. Enacting this bill is another step toward creating a healthier business climate and promoting economic growth.

May 9, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement today in response to Thomas Steel Strip in Warren successfully petitioning the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) to impose antidumping penalties on steel imports from Japan:

May 9, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement today in response to General Motors investment of $50 Million into the Lordstown, Ohio Plant for the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze:

May 9, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan today issued the following statement in response to Senate Republicans blocking consideration of legislation that would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour over the next three years:

April 11, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement today after voting against the Paul Ryan Republican budget:

“Today I voted against the Paul Ryan Republican budget which is a clear attack on the middle class, women, students, disadvantaged families, and the elderly. The Paul Ryan budget devastates education funding, pushing an estimated 170,000 vulnerable children out of Head Start, and eliminating $90 billion in mandatory Pell grant funding that is critical for the future of our youth.

April 4, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Tim Ryan today issued the following response to the Senate Finance Committee passage of an amendment extending the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC):

“I commend the Senate Finance Committee’s vote, which is important not only to many Delphi Salaried Retirees of my District, but many others across the country. We need to help those who have lost pensions and benefits and make sure they can afford adequate health care coverage. “

April 3, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan today took issue with the most recent version of Paul Ryan’s Republican budget, suggesting to the House Budget Committee that Republican members should be asking the wealthiest in this country to pay a little bit more in taxes in order to balance the budget in 10 years, not simply shifting the burden to the middle and lower class. There is no reason those making hundreds of millions of dollars per year should not be asked to contribute.

March 4, 2014 Press Release

Washington DC – Today Congressman Tim Ryan, member of the House Budget Committee, issued the following statement on President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget:

February 28, 2014 Press Release

Washington DC – Congressman Tim Ryan announced today that nearly $9.5 Million in Hardest Hit Funds that have been awarded to Mahoning, Trumbull and Summit Counties for demolition of vacant homes. The Mahoning County Land Reutilization Corporation received $4,266,250; Trumbull County Land Reutilization Corporation received $3,221,250; and Summit County Land Reutilization Corporation received $2,000,000.

February 28, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan joined today with Congressmen Steve Stivers, Mark Takano, and Mick Mulvaney to co-found the Congressional Maker Caucus, which will help promote America’s growing “maker” economy, including the use of new technologies with the potential for revolutionizing American manufacturing and lowering barriers to entrepreneurship.