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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 11, 2017 Press Release

San Francisco, CA -- Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) participated in a roundtable today on “Connecting Silicon Valley to the Heartland.” Ryan represents Youngstown, Ohio and Mahoning Valley and Khanna represents communities in Silicon Valley, CA. The congressmen outlined ways policy makers and technology leaders can work together to bring new avenues of economic opportunity to communities across the United States, including job training programs and incentives for businesses. Akron, Ohio Mayor Dan Horrigan was also in attendance.

May 9, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) joined Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) in introducing legislation to protect the pensions of up to 10 million workers and retirees.

The Keep Our Pension Promises Act would reverse a provision passed in 2014 that could result in deep pension cuts for millions of retirees and workers in multi-employer pension plans.

May 5, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan announced a series of successful efforts to secure funding for policy priorities that positively impact the 13th Congressional District and Ohio. These funds were secured as a part of the omnibus funding agreement, which passed the House this week and funds the Federal Government through September.

May 3, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Mark Takano (D-CA) and Susan Brooks (R-IN) today introduced the bipartisan 21st Century SHOP CLASS Act, legislation that would upgrade and modernize career and technical education programs in schools across the country. The 21st Century SHOP CLASS Act would define maker education and makerspaces, and amend the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to allow funding for maker education, makerspaces, and training for teachers in the application of maker education.

May 3, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Tim Ryan Yesterday voted against the so called Working Families Flexibility Act, otherwise known as H.R. 1180. This legislation would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow employers to pay workers nothing for overtime work in exchange for a promise of compensatory time off in the future.

May 2, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13), Dan Lipin­ski (IL-03) and Mike Doyle (PA-14) today introduced a resolution to emphasize the massive economic impact of tribology on the U.S. economy and highlight the need for further research and development into the field. Tribology is a branch of science and engineering encompassing scientific disciplines related to controlling of friction, reduction of wear loss, and development and application of novel lubrication strategies.

April 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today urged Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reverse a decision to rescind Obama-era memos on student loan servicing reforms. The reforms had included new consumer protections for borrowers and improvements to the quality of federal loan servicing.

April 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Ryan released the following statement in response to President Trump’s proposed tax plan.

April 25, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan joined in signing onto a bipartisan, bicameral letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt from Members of Congress representing the Great Lakes Region following reports that the Trump Administration plans to abolish Region 5 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – which serves Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, and Ohio – as part of the fiscal year 2018 budget.  U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) led the bipartisan coalition of lawmakers.

April 25, 2017 Press Release

Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan today announced a $70,000 Appalachian Regional Commission Project Grant to Mercy Health Youngstown, LLC  to be used for the purchase of new medical education simulation equipment. The equipment will improve and expand clinical training for physicians, dentists, nurses, medical students, and other healthcare professionals and medical staff in the region.