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Congressman Raul Ruiz

Representing the 36th District of California

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June 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Palm Desert) announced that the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2740, an appropriations bill that supports a federal agreement committing $30 million to projects addressing the environmental and public health crisis at the Salton Sea. The bill also included Dr.

June 14, 2019 Making Government Work for You

For years, Pam and Tom Duff -- a huband and wife from Palm Desert -- struggled to get their disability benefits and health care from the Social Security Administration and the VA. After they contacted my office, we were able to help Pam and Tom get their benefits, and helped Tom finally get a knee replacement from the VA he had needed for years. 

June 14, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week, Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Palm Desert) introduced the GROW American Jobs Act of 2019. This legislation will authorize the SelectUSA initiative at the Department of Commerce, which helps facilitate global investment in the United States.

May 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Palm Desert) sent a letter to the Department of Justice urging the Department to address widespread delays in the administration of benefits to the families of fallen police officers.

May 10, 2019 Press Release

Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) and the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) announced a $1.1 million federal grant that will expand childcare and early childhood education services for children of farmworkers in the Coachella Valley.

April 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Palm Desert) sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to devote federal funding to help local communities recover from the Valentine’s Day flood.

April 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C.— This week, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Representative Joe Neguse (D-CO) introduced the Veterans Conservation Corps Act, bipartisan legislation to connect veterans with employment opportunities in public lands maintenance.

April 8, 2019 Press Release

Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) helped pass H.R. 2030, the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act, a bill that includes language Dr. Ruiz advocated for to preserve environmental regulations critical to protecting the Salton Sea. The bill passed the House unanimously and now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

April 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Palm Desert) voted for H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, a bill that strengthens legal protections for survivors of domestic violence and creates federal funding opportunities for local shelters in Riverside County and across the nation. The bill passed the House by a vote of 263 to 158.


In The News

October 18, 2018 In The News

Every law enforcement officer deserves recognition and respect for the risks they take to protect our communities and preserve peace in our cities.  Officers become like family to the members of the communities they serve, and their fellow officers become their brothers and sisters.  Like a death in any family, losing an officer impacts the entire community, something I was reminded on October

October 26, 2017 In The News

Enrolling in Medicare Part B should be simple. But for years the government has been making enrollment nearly impossible for millions of seniors, especially those who are still working or who have delayed taking their Social Security benefits.

November 4, 2015 In The News


Imagine a busy emergency department. An ambulance delivers a patient with a severely broken leg that is bleeding profusely.  In order to save the patient, the doctors must set priorities: first address the life-threatening problem (the profuse bleeding), and then go on to repair the fracture and rebuild the leg.