Dr. Ruiz Advocates for Constituents Who Haven’t Received Their Stimulus Checks

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. Ruiz and 77 other members of Congress expressed concern about the quality and timeliness of IRS responses to constituent inquiries and urged the IRS to act with urgency in disbursing the remaining payments. 

“Every day, our offices are fielding hundreds of calls and messages from constituents who, through no fault of their own, are in dire need of financial assistance to pay for essentials like rent, gas, and groceries,” Dr. Ruiz and the other members wrote in the letter. “There are still too many taxpayers across the country who have waited for several weeks and without relief in sight. We share their concerns and urge you to take immediate action to speed the delivery of these payments.”

In March, Dr. Ruiz voted for H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which is now law and authorized $425 billion in funding to provide direct payments to individuals. Over 160 million Americans have received their stimulus payment while many are still waiting. Meanwhile 36.5 million Americans filed unemployment claims in the last eight weeks. 

You can read a copy of the letter here.