China and currency manipulation
China currently has their currency pegged to a basket of six other currencies, which allows them to increase their purchasing power for U.S. goods. This is often referred to as "currency manipulation". As these six currencies fluctuate, the Chinese Yuan fluctuates accordingly (the purchasing power is constant). They can purchase dollars for very cheap, and in turn, purchase U.S. made products for a lot cheaper than we can with our own money. In conjunction with several of his peers in Congress, Tim introduced H.R. 2378 - The Currency Reform and Fair Trade Act, to help bring the currency markets to a more level playing field. This bi-partisan legislation will remove all unfair disadvantages that the U.S. and the U.S. consumers face. Read more about H.R. 2378
Over 45,000,000 Americans are uninsured. No one in America should have to declare bankruptcy because they can't afford to pay their medical bills. Premiums should not be increasing at a rate six times the rate of our GDP (18% vs. appx. 3% GDP growth). On a World Health Organization scorecard, Americans are the unhealthiest. In the 17th District, there are 72,000 uninsured individuals. With health-care reform, we can help prevent 1,660 families escape bankruptcy due to medical bills. This new legislation is absolutely necessary for the long-term sustainability of our well-being as a people, a great nation and the leader in economic growth for years to come in the 21st century.
Additional Readings: The Brookings Institute, an independent non-partisan research organization, has constructed a plan to prevent long-term cost increases in the healthcare system. Surprisingly, there is a lot of carryover with Obama has introduced. Read the full report (PDF) by the Brookings Institute.
Preventing the need for abortions.
Congressman Tim Ryan and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) have taken the tug-of-war debate on abortion to a completely different level: taking the necessary measures to reduce the need for abortion. It's not the traditional pro-life stance, and it's not the traditional pro-choice stance. The aim is to prevent the need for females to even have an abortion. Prevention measures include sex education, funding for contraceptives and increased funding for programs that assist new mothers. This $647 million dollar package is a critical investment for our families in America.
With plenty of support on Capitol Hill, and a reiteration by President Obama in his address to the 2009 graduating class of Notre Dame, Tim has exhibited the leadership it takes to start, and successfully implement, a completely new school of thought.
Making college more affordable - The Ryan Amendment
The Ryan Amendment was introduced to reduce the cost of textbooks available to students on campuses across America by starting a rental program. Instead of buying a textbook, you rent it for a third of the cost. As a college student, there is absolutely nothing worse than buying a textbook for upward of $120, only to realize you can't sell it back at the end of the semester. Tuition has been increasing, and the Ryan Amendment it helping to ease that burden. The Amendment authorized up to $50,000,000 over two years to fund about 10 pilot programs across America. This money gives schools the start-up costs necessary to facilitate these programs. The Amendment passed without any objection from his peers.