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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

April 2, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – After Congressman Tim Ryan’s urging, venture capital backed start-ups will now be eligible for coronavirus relief loans through the Paycheck Protection Program passed under the $2 trillion CARES Act, which became law last week. Today, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin released new guidelines for the Paycheck Protection Program loan eligibility to allow small businesses not controlled by a single outside shareholder to be eligible.

April 2, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Tim Ryan today urged US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to ensure that any future COVID-19 economic stabilization legislation provide direct funding to cities, towns, and counties with a population under 500,000. 

The Congressman joined 125 of his House colleagues in suggesting to Speaker Pelosi that without targeted stabilization funding, smaller localities will be unable to continue providing these critical services needed to confront the COVID-19 virus.

April 1, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Tonight, after Congressman Tim Ryan’s urging, the U.S. Department of Treasury reversed its order and will now allow Social Security recipients who typically do not file taxes to receive their $1,200 check automatically without needing to submit any additional documents.

March 30, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, OH — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces $11,233,234 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to be awarded to local government entities in the 13th Congressional District to fight the coronavirus. Over $8.3 million has been allocated from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, and an additional $2.9 million is allocated from the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). This assistance came from the recent passage of the Coronavirus Economic Stabilization package supported by Congressman Ryan.

March 30, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio —Congressman Tim Ryan applauds the launch of America Makes’ National Additive Manufacturing Resources to address the national health crisis and personal protective equipment shortage. In collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA),the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), America Makes launched the next phase of the COVID-19 Health Care Needs and Additive Manufacturing (AM) Capabilities Repository, where additive manufacturers can upload 3D print designs to be reviewed and placed on the NIH 3D Print Exchange.

March 30, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, OH - Congressman Tim Ryan joined the Ohio Congressional Delegation to urge President Trump to act swiftly on Governor Mike DeWine’s request for approval of a major disaster declaration for the state of Ohio in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. This request will open a new funding resource through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help the state respond.

March 27, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, OH – Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) responded to President Donald Trump’s recent tweets about General Motors re-opening their now-sold Lordstown plant – which is in Rep. Ryan’s district – to end supply shortages for our frontline healthcare workers during the coronavirus crisis:

March 26, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) announces his support for the Coronavirus Stimulus Package that passed the Senate yesterday and is set to pass the House tomorrow. This is the third coronavirus response package that Congress has passed into law. 

March 26, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, OH — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces $67,071 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to be awarded to Ohio North East Health Systems, Inc. under the FY 2020 Coronavirus Supplemental Funding for Health Centers. HHS is providing this one-time funding to support health centers in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus.

March 25, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Steven Palazzo (R-Miss), Co-Chairs of the House National Guard and Reserve Caucus, today sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting for President Trump to immediately mobilize America's military airlift, including Reserve and National Guard assets as needed to repatriate Americans abroad. Full text of the letter that was sent is included below and can also be downloaded here.

Mr. President,