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

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.

May 6, 2021 In The News

Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz met with Department of Energy secretary Jennifer Granholm earlier this week to chart a path forward to develop the lithium deposits underneath the Salton Sea and help create clean energy jobs for the community.

The DOE is working to support American researchers who are developing the technologies to extract lithium from the geothermal brine. This is currently used for power production near the Salton Sea.

April 20, 2021 In The News

Members of the leadership team of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are meeting with President Joe Biden Tuesday.

Dr. Raul Ruiz is the chair of the Caucus. 

Rep. Pete Aguilar previewed the meeting on Twitter, saying, "We'll talk about infrastructure, health care access and equity, immigration reform and ways we can deliver for communities like the Inland Empire. Looking forward to this continued partnership."

Aguilar represents California's 31st congressional district.

April 16, 2021 Press Release

Coachella Valley, CA – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) and the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC) announced a $6 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant award that will go toward the construction of safe, affordable homes in underserved communities in Riverside County as well as neighboring Imperial County. The announcement comes after Dr. Ruiz advocated for CVHC’s application to the USDA-Rural Development Section 523 Self-Help Technical Assistance Grant program in February 2020.  

December 16, 2020 In The News

While lawmakers wrangle over a fresh relief package and a second round of stimulus checks, some Americans are still waiting for their first payments nearly nine months after the CARES Act was signed.

The act granted $1,200 payments to millions of eligible individuals to help with the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

December 12, 2020 In The News

Students across California are learning from home as coronavirus cases rise again, but Rep. Raul Ruiz said there's one aspect about remote learning that he feels the federal government is overlooking: high-speed internet.

Students are getting marked absent across the nation if they miss parts of class due to their poor broadband or the lack of internet access.

December 4, 2020 In The News

Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D., Yvette Clarke (D-NY) and six other Members of Congress called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand the E-Rate Program to bring broadband internet access to students and families who are taking online classes while their school districts are closed to in-person learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

November 25, 2020 In The News

Over 4,000 farm workers have tested positive for coronavirus in Riverside County.

Farming communities in the Coachella Valley face higher exposure to to COVID-19, but record lower testing numbers.

Rep. Raul Ruiz says, the low testing rates are due to fear among farm workers.

July 30, 2020 In The News

Issues with delivering stimulus checks issued under the CARES Act have been branded outrageous, with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) facing calls to expedite delayed payments.

Payments of up to $1,200 per person began being sent to eligible individuals after President Donald Trump signed the bill in March, though lawmakers have complained of people still awaiting their money months late