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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

January 29, 2021 Press Release

Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today urged President Biden to fire the entire United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors and nominate new leadership to begin to rebuild a strong and efficient postal service. In a letter to the President, Ryan highlighted how operational changes imposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy continue to negatively impact the quality and timeliness of mail service nationally.

January 3, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) released the following statement today after being sworn in to the 117th Congress in the United States House of Representatives. Ryan was first elected to Congress in 2002 and this will be his 10th term representing Northeast Ohio. 

December 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today voted to increase the second round of Economic Impact Payments (EIP) from $600 per eligible member of the household to $2,000 per eligible member of the household. The Caring for Americans with Supplemental Help (CASH) Act of 2020 (HR 9051), increases the amount of the EIPs from the recently passed COVID relief bill. Additionally, the bill includes language to ensure non-child dependents, such as college students and adults with disabilities, are able to receive a stimulus as well.

December 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today voted in support of a long-awaited COVID-19 relief bill that will accelerate the distribution of safe vaccines to as many Americans as possible as soon as possible, support our small businesses and assist all Americans in providing for their families and helping to ensure their financial security. The COVID-19 relief bill was passed as part of the House Appropriations bill funding the government until September 30, 2021 – Ryan is a member of the House Appropriations Committee. 

December 11, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC — Congressman Tim Ryan today announces 401,000 rural Ohioans, who were previously unserved, will gain access to high-speed broadband as a result of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction. $5.03M in broadband investments through the auction will come to the five counties in Ohio’s 13th Congressional District.

December 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today called on Congressional leadership to restore the tax deductibility of forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for small businesses in any end-of-year COVID-19 relief legislation. In a bipartisan letter with more than 170 House members, Congressman Ryan offered this fix to avoid surprise tax bills for those small businesses who utilized the PPP program throughout this year, which was a clear intention of the program as outlined in the CARES Act.

December 8, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Tim Ryan (OH-13) made the following statement in support of Rep. Marcia L. Fudge’s (OH-11) reported nomination for Secretary for Housing and Urban Development:

December 7, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, US House of Representatives Attending Physician Dr. Brian P. Monahan, and CDC Chair Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Dr. Jose Romero calling on them to ensure first responders, frontline workers, healthcare workers, those with preexisting conditions, and the elderly are offered the COVID-19 vaccine before Members of Congress. 

December 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators urging House and Senate leadership to include the RESTAURANTS Act in the COVID relief package or year-end spending bill to ensure local restaurants get much-needed help as soon as possible.

November 20, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today voted to support the National Apprenticeship Act Reauthorization, a bipartisan bill providing nearly one million new apprenticeship opportunities over the next five years—with a $10.6 billion net benefit to American taxpayers.