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Congressman Raul Ruiz

Representing the 36th District of California

Standing up for First Responders

August 2, 2018
Making Government Work for You

Helping local law enforcement departments keep our communities safe

  • Since 2013, my office has helped secure $2,477,684 in federal grants for local police and fire departments. That has translated into more than a dozen additional first responders on the street keeping residents and our communities safe.
  • The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office has provided more than $14 billion to police departments across the country. I signed a letter urging President Trump to support robust funding for COPS, which has helped strengthen police departments from Coachella to Hemet to Desert Hot Springs.

Supporting law enforcement officers and remembering local Officers Lesley Zerebny and Gil Vega

  • In 2016, Officer Lesley Zerebny and Officer Gil Vega of the Palm Springs Police Department were tragically killed while responding to a routine domestic violence call. I introduced the Heroes Lesley Zerebny and Gilbert Vega First Responders Survivors Support Act in their honor – a bill that would provide financial stability to families of public safety officers who have been killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.
  • I supported the Thin Blue Line Act, a bill that imposes tougher penalties on criminals who kill or target a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or other first responder.
  • Wildfires in our district pose a serious health threat to our first responders. That’s why I helped pass the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act to track and help reduce instances of cancer for firefighters.

Keeping dangerous criminals off our streets

  • Convicted felons should not receive social security benefits while they are on the run. I supported the bipartisan Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act, which would suspend social security benefits for criminals and parole violators.
  • Law enforcement officers should have the tools to protect our communities from suspected gang members. I joined Republicans and Democrats in supporting the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, which authorizes the immediate deportation of suspected gang members who are here illegally.