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

September 13, 2021 In The News

The “Grow with Google” virtual workshop showed local small business owners how to connect with their customers, and manage their business remotely.

It was hosted by the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce and Congressman Raul Ruiz.

"The pandemic has really forced our small businesses to innovate, and those that innovated with online digital tools fared better in terms of keeping their doors open and their employees at work," said Ruiz.

August 5, 2021 In The News

July wrapped a busy month of wins for the Blythe constituency, with California 36th District Congress Rep. Dr. Raul Ruiz further securing $1.85 million in Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriation bills toward area projects. 

August 1, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) announced that the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4502, a government funding package, that included numerous high-priority provisions he secured. The spending bills included $10 million in federal funding specifically designated for ten Community Projects spread across the 36th District. The local projects supported by Rep.

July 21, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) and Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) introduced H.R. 4580, the American Seasonal and Perishable Crop Support Act, which would help level the playing field for Coachella Valley growers who compete against below-market foreign imports. The legislation was drafted in concert with local growers who have seen drastic drops in production as foreign imports have driven prices below a sustainable level.  

July 17, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) announced that the American Rescue Plan has delivered over $1 million in Head Start funding to Riverside County Office of Education. Ruiz helped secure the grant funding to help get students back in the classroom and make up for lost learning time. The funding will benefit 11 school districts across Riverside County and assist schools in modernizing their classrooms and students in accessing academic resources.   

July 14, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) announced that he had secured $10 million for ten Community Projects in four Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations bills that will expand access to health care, bring clean water to the Eastern Coachella Valley, and fund multiple local infrastructure projects. Ruiz also secured a New Start for an Army Corps of Engineers Project at the Salton Sea that will bring significant federal resources to addressing the receding shoreline. 

July 1, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed the Invest in America Act, which includes several of Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D.’s (CA-36) priorities to create good-paying jobs rebuilding roads, bridges, transit, rail, and wastewater and drinking water infrastructure.  

The Invest in America Act includes the following priorities and bills introduced by Rep. Ruiz:  

June 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) joined DPCC Co-Chair Ted Lieu (CA-33) and Representatives Judy Chu (CA-27) and Mark Takano (CA-41) to urge passage of the Invest in America Act ahead of the House vote on the legislation this week. The Invest in America Act, which includes investments for infrastructure projects in the 36th District, will create good-paying jobs rebuilding roads, bridges, transit, rail, and wastewater and drinking water infrastructure.  

June 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) announced that a major infrastructure project for the 36th District was selected for authorization and funding in the INVEST in America Act. This legislation includes $20 million specifically for the Monroe St. Interchange Project in Indio to reconstruct and widen the on- and off-ramps at the I-10 / Monroe St. exit. The new overpass would include additional through and turn lanes, and it would accommodate the CV Link pathway for pedestrians and cyclists.

May 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) announced that the Department of Treasury will send over half a billion dollars to Riverside County and cities throughout the 36th District through the American Rescue Plan. Riverside County will receive $479,874,599 from the Coronavirus State and Local Recovery Fund to strengthen public health efforts, support vital public services, and fund relief programs for households and businesses. Dr. Ruiz voted in support of the American Rescue Plan to secure these critical relief funds for local governments.