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
Akron, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan is today announcing $7.8 million in federal COVID-19 funds made available through the CARES Act to local airports, including $7.6 million for Akron Canton Regional Airport. This funding is part of nearly $10 billion available from the CARES Act to eligible U.S. airports to help them respond to coronavirus impacts and for ongoing airport operations such as continued employment.
Youngstown, Ohio — Today, Representative Tim Ryan (OH-13) urged the Trump Administration to fix Medicare reimbursement issues for mental health providers. In a letter sent to Administrator Seema Verma of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Ryan called on the Administration to change two rules that have negatively impacted the quality and quantity of mental health services provided to clients.
Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) introduced the Emergency Money for the People Act to provide additional cash payments for hard-working Americans who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the CARES Act was an important first step, its one-time payment does not provide nearly enough support for American families.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan calls on the U.S. Department of Treasury and U.S. Small Business Administration to stop private equity firms from exploiting COVID-19 crisis to prey on small businesses. In a letter to Secretary Mnuchin and Administrator Carranza, Ryan rang the alarm on private equity firms looking to divert CARES Act funds to themselves and away from the intended recipients: small businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced $989,773,417 in federal relief funds for Ohio hospitals and healthcare providers. Payments will begin going out today.
These funds will be distributed to 10,166 different hospitals and providers across the State of Ohio – a breakdown of individual disbursements had not yet been made available at the time of this release. These are payments, not loans, to healthcare providers, and will not need to be repaid.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) announces over $50 million in federal funds for colleges, universities, and other higher educational institutions in Ohio’s 13th Congressional District, as well as emergency financial aid grants for students. The institutions are allowed to keep a portion of the money they receive to help cover the significant financial losses many schools have suffered.
Akron, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan today announced that Ohio will receive $40,732,260 in supplemental funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support 51 Ohio health centers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Of that funding, Asian Services in Action, Inc. and Axesspointe Community Health Center Inc.
Washington D.C.—Today Congressman Tim Ryan cosponsored the Coronavirus Community Relief Act, new legislation to provide $250 billion in stabilization funds for local communities, cities, and towns across the United States that are struggling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Youngstown, Ohio – Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) and U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ (ODJFS) request to operate the Disaster Household Distribution Program. The announcement comes after the Ryan and Ohio Members of Congress sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue last week urging swift approval of ODJFS’ request to operate the program.
Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) joined 41 Members of Congress in urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to support hazard pay and requiring workplace protections for essential frontline blue collar workers keeping the economy afloat during the COVID-19 crisis. The lawmakers urged Pelosi and McCarthy to require that employers protect workers on the job while providing them with hazard pay in future COVID-19 legislation.