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Congressman Raul Ruiz

Representing the 36th District of California

Problem Solving and Bipartisanship

People in the 36th District are sick of the partisan bickering and political gamesmanship that has led to extreme gridlock in Washington. As a doctor, I have always put people above partisanship and solutions above ideology, and those are the values I’ve brought with me to Washington. 

I have made it a top priority to work with anyone who has a good idea, Republican or Democrat, to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges facing my constituents and our nation. Just recently I worked together with Representative Phil Roe to co-lead the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, which eliminated the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a well-intentioned but misguided attempt to control rising medical costs, it threatened to put an unelected and unaccountable panel in charge of making cuts to Medicare. Dr. Roe and I gathered 270 cosponsors, worked it through the process, and it was signed into law as part of a larger legislative package. This is how we, working together on bipartisan solutions, can start making government work for the people.

Over the years I am proud to have sponsored 5 and been the Democratic lead for 5 Republican bills that have become law. My bills aimed at getting veterans the benefits they have earned and deserve more quickly and efficiency, reducing the appeals backlog, recruiting the best doctors to give veterans the best care, and most recently a bill which protects communities in the wake of a severe wildfire.

The fact is, it doesn’t matter whose name is on the bill, or what party it comes from, if it’s a good idea we have a responsibility to come together and support it. 

More on Problem Solving and Bipartisanship

October 8, 2018 Press Release

PALM SPRINGS, CA — Today, on the second anniversary of the deaths of local heroes Officers Gil Vega and Lesley Zerebny, Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) announced additional support for H.R. 5060, the Heroes Lesley Zerebny and Gilbert Vega First Responders Survivors Support Act, and discussed next steps for advancing the bill. The bipartisan bill was originally introduced in February of this year, and has steadily gained bipartisan support in Congress.

August 10, 2018 Making Government Work for You
Since 2013 we have helped deliver $5,173,301 directly to constituents.
August 7, 2018 Making Government Work for You
Since 2013, my office has helped over 750 local veterans get more than $3 million in benefits from the VA that were either caught up in bureaucratic red tape or improperly withheld.
June 22, 2018 E-Newsletter
Exciting news! We are continuing to make progress at the Salton Sea, working to keep our air clean and valley healthy.
April 23, 2018 E-Newsletter

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April 29, 2016 Page

April 11, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today Dr. Ruiz (CA-36), a Harvard alumnus, was invited to speak at Harvard Medical School of Medicine to address health equity, social justice and diversity before students and faculty.
March 18, 2016 Press Release
Palm Desert, CA – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) released the following statement after meeting with Major General Lewis A. Craparotta and key leadership at the Marine base in Twentynine Palms.
March 3, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) authored a bipartisan letter, signed by 61 of his colleagues, to House Speaker Ryan urging a vote on emergency funding to fight the Zika virus that continues to spread through the Americas.
March 1, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) and Representative Jared Polis (CO-02) released the following statement after the House passed the FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act of 2015.

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