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

August 20, 2021 In The News

Nearly $19 million in American Rescue Plan Funds have been distributed to theater venues and small businesses in the Coachella Valley area, it was announced Thursday.

Theaters and event sites in the 36th District of California were among 28 venues that received a portion of the nearly $19 million, Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Coachella, said.

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.  

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 19, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) introduced H.R. 3286, the Emergency Order Assurance, Safety, and Inspection of water Systems (Emergency OASIS Act), which would strengthen the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect communities from drinking water contamination and help ensure that residents have access to clean drinking water while their systems are being repaired.  

May 14, 2021 Press Release

Hemet, CA – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) and the Independent Living Partnership announced a $1,519,972 grant to improve access to transportation for individuals with mobility issues throughout Riverside County. Over the next three years, the grant will help individuals with mobility issues access free rides to medical appointments, grocery stores, and other essential services through the Independent Living Partnership’s Transportation Reimbursement and Information Project (TRIP).

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.

March 4, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D.’s (CA-36) legislation, H.R.