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Congressman Raul Ruiz

Representing the 36th District of California

House Passes Dr. Ruiz’s Public Service Spending Integrity Act

March 8, 2019
Press Release
Bill prevents public servants from funneling taxpayer dollars into their own or their family’s businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) announced that his legislation, H.R. 1626, the Public Service Spending Integrity Act, passed the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support as part of H.R. 1, the For the People Act. The bill prohibits taxpayer dollars from being spent on businesses owned by the President, Vice President, Cabinet members, and their immediate family. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), four of President Trump's trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort during his first months in office cost the U.S. government approximately $13.6 million in taxpayer funds.

"No President or Cabinet members, Republican or Democrat, now or in the future, should spend taxpayer dollars on their own businesses to enrich themselves or their family," said Dr. Ruiz. "Working for the government should be about serving the people, not self-service. I am proud to have secured passage of my bill, the Public Service Spending Integrity Act as a part of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a bill that keeps our promise to help clean up corruption, protect Americans' fundamental right to vote, and make government work for the people!"

“When supposed public servants use elected office to line their pockets, citizens lose faith and trust that government works to improve the lives of everyday Americans,” said Aaron Scherb, Director of Legislative Affairs at the non-partisan watchdog Common Cause. “Ensuring that the President, Vice President, and cabinet officials are held to the highest ethics standards will help restore Americans’ confidence that government is working for them, and Common Cause thanks Congressman Ruiz for introducing these common sense bills.”

Background

Rep. Raul Ruiz first introduced the Public Service Spending Integrity Act in 2017 with five cosponsors. Rep. Ruiz reintroduced the bill this year and submitted it as an amendment to H.R. 1, the For the People Act (Amendment #37). The amendment passed unanimously on March 7th, securing inclusion of the bill within the larger government reform bill. The House passed H.R. 1 today, March 8th, with a 234-193 vote.

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