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February 12, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed budget reconciliation recommendations that included a number of Rep. Raul Ruiz’s public health priorities. Rep. Ruiz (CA-36) fought to include language to provide major funding for environmental justice grants, expand physician training health centers, and fund Tribal health programs.

February 12, 2021 E-Newsletter
Dear Friends,
Our communities are facing challenges accessing the COVID-19 vaccine. As a physician and your representative in Congress, I am working day in and day out to secure the vaccines and resources we need to protect our health and end this pandemic as quickly and safely as possible. 

Vaccine Distribution Solutions

February 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) was appointed to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, which conducts oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and advances legislation on matters pertaining to veterans, including medical care, veterans’ hospitals, treatment compensation, education, and more.

February 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) is urging retail pharmacies to join the fight for health equity in COVID-19 vaccination. In a letter to the CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo, Dr. Ruiz called on the retail pharmacy to prioritize high-risk, underserved communities in its vaccine administration plans.

February 8, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) announced the introduction of legislation to take more than 2,500 acres of land in the San Jacinto Mountains into trust for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. This legislation would allow the tribe to further their conservation efforts and practice consistent forest management.

February 5, 2021 E-Newsletter
Dear Friends,
Now that vaccine distribution is underway across the country, we are presented with new challenges – and opportunities – to protect the health of our communities. As we work to overcome these difficulties together, I am focused on getting our district the resources we need to defeat this virus.
February 2, 2021 Press Release

Palm Desert, CA – Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) has been sounding the alarm on the need for a vaccine distribution plan that prioritizes and implements health equity for months – long before a vaccine was even approved for use in the United States.

February 1, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressmen Raul Ruiz (CA-36) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to improve access to the Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center in Riverside County.

January 26, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) to increase the financial assistance provided to the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. In addition to substantially increasing the death and disability benefit for families of fallen officers, H.R.

January 15, 2021 Press Release

Palm Desert, CA – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), and Rep.


In The News

March 19, 2021 In The News

The lungs Bill Thompson was born with told a gruesome, harrowing and unmistakable tale to Dr. Anthony Szema when he analyzed them and found the black spots, scarring, partially combusted jet fuel and metal inside. 

March 11, 2021 In The News

Hundreds of people received COVID19 vaccinations Thursday in Thermal at a mobile clinic.

Congressman Raul Ruiz M.D., D-Coachella, teamed up with retail pharmacy Rite Aid and Desert Health Care District to distribute the vaccines.

March 11, 2021 In The News

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is proud to support the passage of the American Rescue Plan, which will ensure that millions of Hispanic families will receive the help they desperately need by putting money in hardworking peoples’ pockets, vaccines in arms, people in jobs, and students in schools.

March 11, 2021 In The News

A mobile vaccine clinic was held Thursday at Coachella Valley High School in Thermal as part of continued efforts increase commitment to provide COVID vaccine to the valley's low-income communities.

March 9, 2021 In The News

The First Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden arrived in Palm Springs Tuesday afternoon.

The First Lady's plane touched down at Palm Springs International Airport Tuesday shortly before 5 p.m.

Biden's plane was seen on the runway at the airport.

March 9, 2021 In The News

Air Force Tech Sgt. Amie Muller deployed twice to Balad Air Base in Iraq, where burn pits were more than 10 acres in size and burned 100 to 200 tons of waste per day.

She lost a battle with pancreatic cancer and died at age 36 about 10 years after her last deployment. She is survived by her husband and three children.

March 8, 2021 In The News

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is continuing work it started in January, when it nominated the movie “Selena” for the National Film Registry, with a list of 25 more films it would like to see the registry add.

March 4, 2021 In The News

Enactment would allow some 42,000 veterans with disability retirement to receive full compensation, sponsors say.

Disabled veterans would get full military entitlements, under bipartisan companion measures now pending before both houses of Congress.

March 3, 2021 In The News

 Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D., CA-36, is advocating for upgrades at Joshua Tree National Park, which hosts an average of more than three million visitors annually.

March 2, 2021 In The News

A Coachella Valley congressional member is calling on Walmart, Rite Aid and Walgreens to bring more life-saving COVIC19 vaccines to Riverside County.