Dr. Ruiz Statement on Bipartisan Agreement to Fund the Government

December 12, 2014
Press Release

Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement after voting to pass the Senate amendment to H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015.

“The bipartisan agreement to fund the government through September 2015 will avoid a catastrophic government shutdown and ensure our veterans receive the benefits they have earned and deserve, protect seniors in the Coachella Valley from Medicare fraud, and mitigate the Salton Sea and severe drought across California.

“The bill also provides our military with the resources necessary to continue operations against the terrorist group ISIS and guarantees a pay increase for our troops, among other critical priorities.

“Like any bipartisan agreement, it required all sides to find some common ground and accept that no one party will be completely satisfied. There are provisions in this agreement that I would not support in a stand-alone bill, and I will continue to fight to roll these back in the future. To breakthrough the crushing gridlock of Washington, we must continue to work to find pragmatic solutions to our nations most pressing issues.”