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

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

July 24, 2020 In The News

It’s taken a while but Banning is now in a position to redevelop land that once housed the Municipal Banning Municipal Airport to grow local businesses.

In 2016, the city of Banning commissioned a Feasibility Study to analyze the future of the Banning Municipal Airport and determine the best use of the property. The study found that the airport had a 71% reduction in traffic from 2010 to 2015, drastically reducing revenues and creating a financial burden for the city.

July 17, 2020 In The News

Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) is calling on President Donald Trump to extend the expanded unemployment benefits made available under H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In a letter to President Trump, Dr. Ruiz and 109 other members of the House of Representatives urged an extension of these expanded benefits, which are set to expire at the end of the month.

July 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) is calling on President Donald Trump to extend the expanded unemployment benefits made available under H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In a letter to President Trump, Dr. Ruiz and 109 other members of the House of Representatives urged an extension of these expanded benefits, which are set to expire at the end of the month.

June 29, 2020 In The News

Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz joined us from Washington D.C. tonight to discuss a variety of topics related to the coronavirus pandemic, including a recent rise in cases and hospitalizations in Riverside County.

As of this weekend, 99% of ICU beds in Riverside County are being used. Only 40% of ventilators are being used, however.

On Monday, Riverside County issued an order once again closing bars without a food license. Congressman Ruiz told News Channel 3's Karen Devine that this could be a precursor of things to come if things remain the way they are heading.

June 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC  Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) is calling on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide updates on the status of Economic Impact Payments (EIP) and urging the IRS to take immediate action to speed up the delivery of the remaining payments. In a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig sent Monday, Dr.

May 18, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) voted for the Heroes Act, coronavirus relief legislation to provide desperately needed support for families and essential workers, fund testing and contact tracing measures, and bring funds to cities and tribal governments.

May 5, 2020 Press Release

Statement from U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, MD: 

"Removing precautions too early and without safeguards will only harm individuals and the economy in our community further. We haven’t yet hit our coronavirus peak, our Valley hospital COVID-19 occupancy rates are going up again, and we don’t have the safeguards like enough rapid testing, contact tracing, isolation systems, business and worker safety measures, or enforcement mechanisms in place to prevent or contain new flare ups.

April 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. today released a statement following the House passage of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act – emergency relief funding that will provide funding for small businesses, hospitals, providers, and increased testing to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Statement from U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, MD: 

April 2, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D., Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) and 28 other bipartisan members of California’s Congressional Delegation wrote to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Department of Interior Secretary Bernhardt on Wednesday urging them to support tribal governments by quickly disbursing funds from the CARES Act.

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