In West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and other states around the nation, teachers have taken to the streets to protest low wages, cuts in benefits, and inadequate funding for education. This comes at a time when the US is facing a potential shortage of teachers in STEM and special education. In addition, retention of good teachers is becoming increasingly difficult as teachers face the prospect of low pay compared to what they could earn in other jobs, lack of professional development, and stressful working conditions. …


It is getting to be that time of the year when our New Year’s resolution to eat healthier starts to waver. Everywhere you look there are fast food restaurants, junk food, super-size meals, and 20 oz. sodas to no end. As a nation, it’s a challenge to escape the onslaught of cheap, unhealthy food — especially for those families living in food deserts. With a staggering number of Americans struggling with diabetes and heart diseases, it’s more critical than ever to consume nutritious meals and support our farmers. …


As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this week with our families, we should also remember those families who will have an empty seat at their table reserved for their deployed servicemember. Others will bow their heads, hold hands, and celebrate with an extra bit of love that, this year, their servicemember or Veteran is home. November is National Veterans and Military Family Appreciation Month and I want to extend my personal gratitude to every family experiencing, looking back on, or anticipating holidays without their loved one.

As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittees for Defense and Veterans Affairs, I…


Veterans Day is a time to pause in gratitude for those brave men and women who served our nation in the Armed Forces. A single day of the year is not sufficient to pay tribute to the cost of service for our Veterans — holidays away from their families, grueling days without sleep, missed moments with family they can never get back, the weight of constant vigilance, and a lifetime of missing friends who do not make it home. …


As I drive through Youngstown, Ohio, I’m met by empty storefronts and vacant factories. Americans living in areas like mine are struggling: The cost of living keeps going up, families are underemployed and many have not seen a raise in more than a decade. All the while, their corporate employers have seen record profits. Something is wrong with this equation.

Among the many factors contributing to this situation is America’s broken corporate tax code. It prioritizes large corporations with the resources to avoid paying taxes over smaller and medium-sized businesses who pay the full rate. In the 31 years since…


As an elected official in Ohio for over 17 years, I certainly have not appreciated every news article or story that has been published in the media. But after hearing President Trump’s tirade last night, I believe it is necessary for public officials to state clearly and unequivocally that a free press is essential to the functioning of our democracy. It isn’t always fun to have the scrutiny of the press analyzing and critiquing our policies, our initiatives, and even our personalities. …


With Results in Short Supply, Promises Stack Up

In Ohio, people expect their President to deliver. They expect their elected leaders to make the concerns of the people their own, and to labor every day to solve them. Yesterday the President of the United States visited Youngstown, Ohio. But this wasn’t Donald Trump’s first visit. On the campaign trail, Donald Trump spent a lot of time and energy trying to sell his message in Youngstown, Pittsburgh, and Detroit and cities like them. It is no secret that his surprise victory came in large part from relentlessly pitching a simple yet…


It is Time for a New AUMF

Following the unprecedented September 11th attack on America, Congress took swift action. A piece of legislation known as the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed both chambers of Congress in just three days to dedicate troops for the protection of our nation. Since that day, approximately 3 million veterans have served in our nation’s Armed Forces and more than 6,901 have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Today, we have 1.7 million active duty members serving the United States military. All together, 4.7 …


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The Internet’s Net Neutrality Day of Action is Underway

Imagine. If. Your. Internet. Browser. Loaded. Content. At. This. Speed. Unless your preferred websites had previous agreements with your internet service provider (ISP)? What would it mean for America if ISPs could decide what content consumers should or should not see? Abandoning net neutrality would destroy the internet as we know it, and you should be very concerned.

When talking about the regulation of the railroad industry, President Theodore Roosevelt said, “Above all else, we must strive to keep the highways of commerce open to all on equal terms.” Today our highway of commerce is the internet, and President Roosevelt’s…


Today’s testimony from former FBI Director James Comey was many things: shocking, unnerving, explosive. But I think it is important to remember that above all else today was a sad day for our republic. Just a little over a hundred days into the Trump Administration, our country has already been subjected to an inordinate amount of trauma as we work to get to the bottom of Russia’s officially-sanctioned attack against our democratic institutions.

The scandals that began on the campaign trail have reached a high-water mark with a former Director of the FBI swearing under oath for the first time…

Congressman Tim Ryan

Proud Husband | Father | @Browns Fan | Congressman for Ohio’s 13th District

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