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Congressman Raul Ruiz

Representing the 36th District of California

Jobs and Economy

My top priority in Congress is creating jobs. The very first bill I introduced as a Member of Congress was the SelectUSA Authorization Act of 2013, which would provide incentives for global companies and investors to create jobs in the 36th District and across the United States. This legislation is part of the “Make it in America” plan, which is an initiative to spur domestic manufacturing and job creation.

America should be the premier place in the world to do business, and my bill will help increase our nation’s competitiveness in the global economy by recruiting companies to our shores and providing incentives for investors to create high-quality jobs here at home rather than shipping jobs overseas. People all across the 36th District are ready to get to work. 

By attracting global businesses to our local communities, this common sense legislation will help create well-paying jobs and strengthen our economy locally and throughout the country. My bill will help link local communities with international companies and investors who want to expand nationwide, and it helps provide insight into resources such as the Coachella Valley Enterprise Zone and Foreign Trade Zone.

I am proud to be a member of the bipartisan Small Business Caucus, which focuses on bringing Democrats and Republicans together to support small business growth and development.

Small businesses are the drivers of job creation and economic growth and the lifeblood of our economy. They embody the spirit of American entrepreneurship and ingenuity that makes our country the most innovative in the world. But in order for our small businesses to be able to succeed, we need to cut bureaucratic red tape, level the playing field, and foster an economic environment that gives our small business owners the tools they need to create new jobs and thrive.

I was proud to see my small business amendment to the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act pass with overwhelming bipartisan support. My amendment, which strengthens the ability of small businesses to provide cybersecurity solutions to the federal government, will level the playing field for our small businesses and provide greater opportunities for them to innovate, compete, and create jobs while working to address our growing national cybersecurity threats.

More on Jobs and Economy

November 5, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) spoke on the House floor to celebrate the groundbreaking of the first large-scale Salton Sea restoration project at Red Hill Bay Marina.
November 4, 2015 In The News


Imagine a busy emergency department. An ambulance delivers a patient with a severely broken leg that is bleeding profusely.  In order to save the patient, the doctors must set priorities: first address the life-threatening problem (the profuse bleeding), and then go on to repair the fracture and rebuild the leg.

October 30, 2015 Press Release
Palm Desert, CA – Thursday, November 5 at 10:00AM, Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) will join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Imperial Irrigation District, and state and local officials in a “Playa Breaking” ceremony to initiate the first shovel-to-ground restoration and dust mitigation project at the Salton Sea.
October 28, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC - Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) announced that he is extending the opportunity for a Wounded Warrior Fellow to serve as a Veterans’ Caseworker in his district Congressional offices in Palm Desert and Hemet.
October 28, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC - Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) voted in favor of the bipartisan budget bill brought before the House of Representatives.
October 28, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC - Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) released the following statement on his vote in favor of reauthorizing the job-creating Export-Import Bank:
September 29, 2015 Press Release
Palm Desert, CA – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) announced a $2.6 million grant to Mt. San Jacinto College. These funds will provide students with access to more programs designed to help them stay in college and succeed.
July 13, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz’s (D-Palm Desert) bill H.R. 387, the Economic Development Through Tribal Land Exchange Act, unanimously passed the House of Representatives.
June 26, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down their decision on Obergefell v. Hodges concerning the right of same sex couples to marry.
June 3, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) announced the Small Business Administration (SBA) will open a local resource office in the Coachella Valley.