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
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement after voting in favor of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement (HR 1314):
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan strongly supported the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank’s (Ex-Im Bank) charter today, which expired on July 1, 2015.
Warren, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement today in response to United States Trade Representative Trans-Pacific Partnership “Deal in Principal” announced today in Atlanta:
I am deeply disappointed in today’s announced deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. All we have to do is look at the shuttered factories across Ohio to know what past trade deals have done to our communities.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan urged Governor John Kasich today to include Trumbull and Mahoning Counties in the State of Ohio’s request of a time limit waiver for Supplemental Nutrition Aid Program. View the PDF here.
October 2, 2015
The Honorable John R. Kasich
Governor, State of Ohio
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan today announces $420,000 for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Community Economic Development Opportunity for the YNDC REVITALIZE project.
Warren, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan today urged Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric to reconsider Cincinnati and the state of Ohio for its corporate headquarters. Congressman Ryan sent the following letter after reports arose over the weekend that General Electric decided not to move its headquarters to Cincinnati due to the opposition of the Export-Import Bank by. Governor Kasich and Republican members of Ohio’s congressional delegation.
Warren, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement in response to the United States Department of Energy’s announcement to end Piketon uranium enrichment project’s contract:
Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan announces $175,000 to the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the purchase of additive manufacturing and post-processing equipment. The total project cost of $350,000, with Youngstown State University providing cost-sharing funds in the amount of $175,000.
Kent, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan announces $722,044 in National Science Foundation (NSF) to Kent Displays Inc. in Kent, Ohio. These funds will be used to develop eWriter devices for classroom use as a sustainable paper replacement technology and an effective tool for student-teacher interaction.
“I congratulate Kent Displays Inc. on receiving this award and their commitment to our community by developing this cutting edge technology right here in Portage County,” said Congressman Tim Ryan.
Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement in response to the devaluation of the Chinese yuan:
The action taken yesterday by the Chinese government to devalue their currency makes it even more difficult for American manufacturing and will cost American workers good paying jobs. China has a long history of unfairly undermining American manufacturing, and this action will help them dump their products in the world market.