Representative Raul Ruiz's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 36, Democratic
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Raul Ruiz has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Raul Ruiz is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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  • Rated 0% in 2014 by National Right to Life Committee
  • Rated 100% in 2013 by NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Rated 0% in 2014 by National Right to Life Committee
  • Rated 100% in 2013 by NARAL Pro-Choice America

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  • Raul Ruiz. Facebook: Notes. 27 March 2012. When House Republicans decided to release a budget to end Medicare while cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans, they put politics before people. (www.facebook.com)
  • Raul Ruiz. Facebook: Timeline. 1 April 2012. "Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack voted for the radical hyper-partisan Ryan Budget Plan that will give tax breaks for millionaires and end Medicare as we know it and endanger our seniors' health and economic security." (www.facebook.com)
  • Raul Ruiz. Facebook: Timeline. 10 April 2012. "Our differing priorities and values are reflected in our approach to the budget. I do not believe that the burden of our economic crisis should be placed on the shoulders of seniors and hard working middle class Americans while millionaires continue to receive large tax cuts." (www.facebook.com)
  • Raul Ruiz. Facebook: Wall. 29 March 2012. "'The Congresswoman has the wrong priorities: forcing seniors to pay more for health care, while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and Big Oil companies that are making record profits,' Ruiz said in a news release to the media." (www.facebook.com)
  • Raul Ruiz. My Dessert: Full Interview: Dr. Raul Ruiz, Congressional Candidate. "The payroll tax cut is one of those abilities and policies that we can institute so that hard working Americans in the middle class can have a thousand dollars more on average in their pocket a year." (www.mydesert.com)
  • Raul Ruiz. Facebook: Notes. 27 March 2012. When House Republicans decided to release a budget to end Medicare while cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans, they put politics before people. (www.facebook.com)
  • Raul Ruiz. Facebook: Timeline. 1 April 2012. "Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack voted for the radical hyper-partisan Ryan Budget Plan that will give tax breaks for millionaires and end Medicare as we know it and endanger our seniors' health and economic security." (www.facebook.com)
  • Raul Ruiz. Facebook: Timeline. 10 April 2012. "Our differing priorities and values are reflected in our approach to the budget. I do not believe that the burden of our economic crisis should be placed on the shoulders of seniors and hard working middle class Americans while millionaires continue to receive large tax cuts." (www.facebook.com)
  • Raul Ruiz. Facebook: Wall. 29 March 2012. "'The Congresswoman has the wrong priorities: forcing seniors to pay more for health care, while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and Big Oil companies that are making record profits,' Ruiz said in a news release to the media." (www.facebook.com)
  • Raul Ruiz. My Dessert: Full Interview: Dr. Raul Ruiz, Congressional Candidate. "The payroll tax cut is one of those abilities and policies that we can institute so that hard working Americans in the middle class can have a thousand dollars more on average in their pocket a year." (www.mydesert.com)

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  • L. Anthony Cirillo, MD. Emergency Physicians Monthly: Raul Ruiz: Harvard Scholar Vies for SoCal Office. 18 January 2012. "Congress needs to systematically address these issues by focusing on job-creation, economic stimulus that puts money back in the pockets of American families." (www.epmonthly.com)
  • Raul Ruiz. Campaigns: Dr. Raul Ruiz for Congress: Why am I running? 13 June 2012. "Congress needs to systematically address these issues by focusing on job-creation, economic stimulus that puts money back in the pockets of American families and educational opportunities for our children, so in the future, we can continue to live up to our reputation of being the birth place of innovation." (secure.democracyforamerica.com)
  • L. Anthony Cirillo, MD. Emergency Physicians Monthly: Raul Ruiz: Harvard Scholar Vies for SoCal Office. 18 January 2012. "Congress needs to systematically address these issues by focusing on job-creation, economic stimulus that puts money back in the pockets of American families." (www.epmonthly.com)
  • Raul Ruiz. Campaigns: Dr. Raul Ruiz for Congress: Why am I running? 13 June 2012. "Congress needs to systematically address these issues by focusing on job-creation, economic stimulus that puts money back in the pockets of American families and educational opportunities for our children, so in the future, we can continue to live up to our reputation of being the birth place of innovation." (secure.democracyforamerica.com)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Voted Yea - H Amdt 956 - Prohibits Pending Pipeline Permit Applications from Receiving Automatic Approval - Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 3301 that exempts pending projects from the provisions of the bill that prohibit a Presidential permit from being required for any oil or natural gas pipeline or any cross border segment with Canada or Mexico.
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  • The United States needs a national energy policy that will help our nation achieve energy independence and create clean energy jobs right here at home. Advanced clean energy technology holds tremendous economic potential for the 36th District. We need a comprehensive national energy policy that will invest in clean energy and put us on the path to energy independence. This is an environmental, economic, and national security issue. (votesmart.org)
  • The United States needs a national energy policy that will help our nation achieve energy independence and create clean energy jobs right here at home. Advanced clean energy technology holds tremendous economic potential for the 36th District. We need a comprehensive national energy policy that will invest in clean energy and put us on the path to energy independence. This is an environmental, economic, and national security issue. (votesmart.org)

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  • Raul Ruiz. Video: KPSP Local 2 Interview. 13 August 2012. "Q: Where do you stand on gun control issues and also mental health policies? [¦] And my stance on gun control, Brooke, is that we don't need any new laws. We need to implement the laws and enforce the laws that we have on the books already. California has one of the best examples of those laws. If the other states would have had laws like California's, they would not have had assault guns and the capacity to do that." (www.youtube.com)
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes - "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system. Dozens of legislative proposals that address these factors have been introduced and await consideration. But despite wake-up call after wake-up call, a shameful tradition of Congressional inaction continues." (votesmart.org)
  • Raul Ruiz. Video: KPSP Local 2 Interview. 13 August 2012. "Q: Where do you stand on gun control issues and also mental health policies? [¦] And my stance on gun control, Brooke, is that we don't need any new laws. We need to implement the laws and enforce the laws that we have on the books already. California has one of the best examples of those laws. If the other states would have had laws like California's, they would not have had assault guns and the capacity to do that." (www.youtube.com)
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes - "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system. Dozens of legislative proposals that address these factors have been introduced and await consideration. But despite wake-up call after wake-up call, a shameful tradition of Congressional inaction continues." (votesmart.org)

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  • Raul Ruiz. Video: Dr. Raul Ruiz- Candidate for Congress. 7 February 2012. "When we look at the Affordable Care Act, first, we have to maximize the implementation because the Affordable Care Act will insure more Americans in this country, and we need more Americans to be insured. The other thing we need to add on to the Affordable Care Act is addressing the physician shortage crises in our district. For example, we have 1 physician for 9,000 residents in several large areas of our district. The medically appropriate recommendation is 1 to 2,000. (www.youtube.com)
  • L. Anthony Cirillo, MD. Emergency Physicians Monthly: Raul Ruiz: Harvard Scholar Vies for SoCal Office. 18 January 2012. "I believe that some of the components of the healthcare reform enacted in this country under the PPACA law are good: elimination of lifetime caps, ban on exclusions to coverage based upon pre-existing conditions, and closure of the Medicare "donut" hole were all good. I also believe that the law missed a great opportunity to reduce healthcare costs by not comprehensively reforming tort reform and the cost of defensive medicine¦.this must happen if we are serious about reducing waste in the system." (www.epmonthly.com)
  • Raul Ruiz. KPBS: Doc With Rural Background Is A Champion For Community Medicine. 26 April 2011. "And when you think about healthcare reform and the legislation that's just passed, do you feel like it's actually gonna make much difference in a community like Coachella valley. RUIZ: 'If we're able to improve our capacity to attract federal funding for federal qualified health centers, to improve reimbursement rates. For example, with medicate and Medi-Cal. To improve pipeline programs with the new innovative programs or grants that are award said to innovative programs, then yes, it's possible. But if we go down the path of eliminating funding for programs for planned parenthood, for example, if we go down the path that decreases funding for Medi-Cal programs or Medicare programs, then we're only throwing wood to the fire and making the problem worse.'" (www.kpbs.org)
  • "As we move forward, we must continue working together to improve the Affordable Care Act and make it work for families and businesses in the Coachella Valley and across the country. I stand ready to work with my colleagues to that end." (votesmart.org)
  • Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) today released the following statement regarding his vote against H.R. 45, legislation to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:"The 2010 health care legislation is an imperfect bill that does not adequately address the issue of rising health care costs or the physician shortage crisis in our local communities. However, it is critical that children with cancer can't be denied access to health care insurance, that young adults can stay on their parents' insurance plan until age 26, and that prescription drugs are affordable for our seniors."Clearly, there are many issues that need to be addressed in order to make the health care bill work for all families, small businesses, and employers. We must continue to focus on driving down the cost of health care and expanding pipeline programs to address the growing physician shortage in my District and across the country."In order to fix these problems and achieve the long-term reforms our health care system needs, it is time for Congress to stop the petty partisan gamesmanship and start working together to reach pragmatic, bipartisan solutions that are right for the American people. I stand ready to work with my colleagues in both political parties toward that end." (votesmart.org)
  • Raul Ruiz. Video: Dr. Raul Ruiz- Candidate for Congress. 7 February 2012. "When we look at the Affordable Care Act, first, we have to maximize the implementation because the Affordable Care Act will insure more Americans in this country, and we need more Americans to be insured. The other thing we need to add on to the Affordable Care Act is addressing the physician shortage crises in our district. For example, we have 1 physician for 9,000 residents in several large areas of our district. The medically appropriate recommendation is 1 to 2,000. (www.youtube.com)
  • L. Anthony Cirillo, MD. Emergency Physicians Monthly: Raul Ruiz: Harvard Scholar Vies for SoCal Office. 18 January 2012. "I believe that some of the components of the healthcare reform enacted in this country under the PPACA law are good: elimination of lifetime caps, ban on exclusions to coverage based upon pre-existing conditions, and closure of the Medicare "donut" hole were all good. I also believe that the law missed a great opportunity to reduce healthcare costs by not comprehensively reforming tort reform and the cost of defensive medicine¦.this must happen if we are serious about reducing waste in the system." (www.epmonthly.com)
  • Raul Ruiz. KPBS: Doc With Rural Background Is A Champion For Community Medicine. 26 April 2011. "And when you think about healthcare reform and the legislation that's just passed, do you feel like it's actually gonna make much difference in a community like Coachella valley. RUIZ: 'If we're able to improve our capacity to attract federal funding for federal qualified health centers, to improve reimbursement rates. For example, with medicate and Medi-Cal. To improve pipeline programs with the new innovative programs or grants that are award said to innovative programs, then yes, it's possible. But if we go down the path of eliminating funding for programs for planned parenthood, for example, if we go down the path that decreases funding for Medi-Cal programs or Medicare programs, then we're only throwing wood to the fire and making the problem worse.'" (www.kpbs.org)
  • "As we move forward, we must continue working together to improve the Affordable Care Act and make it work for families and businesses in the Coachella Valley and across the country. I stand ready to work with my colleagues to that end." (votesmart.org)
  • Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) today released the following statement regarding his vote against H.R. 45, legislation to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:"The 2010 health care legislation is an imperfect bill that does not adequately address the issue of rising health care costs or the physician shortage crisis in our local communities. However, it is critical that children with cancer can't be denied access to health care insurance, that young adults can stay on their parents' insurance plan until age 26, and that prescription drugs are affordable for our seniors."Clearly, there are many issues that need to be addressed in order to make the health care bill work for all families, small businesses, and employers. We must continue to focus on driving down the cost of health care and expanding pipeline programs to address the growing physician shortage in my District and across the country."In order to fix these problems and achieve the long-term reforms our health care system needs, it is time for Congress to stop the petty partisan gamesmanship and start working together to reach pragmatic, bipartisan solutions that are right for the American people. I stand ready to work with my colleagues in both political parties toward that end." (votesmart.org)

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  • Erica Felci. The Desert Sun: Mary Bono Mack stays mum on gay marriage, Raul Ruiz backs President Barack Obama. 10 May 2012. "I support marriage equality because I am opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether based on gender, race, age, or who you love [¦] The right to marriage should be available to everyone who wants to be in a committed loving relationship." (www.mydesert.com)
  • Raul Ruiz. Video: CBS Local 2: Candidate's reaching out for hispanic voters. 14 May 2012. "Same sex marriage could be a game changing factor. 'We are for full equality; that we are against any form of discrimination because we do not want anybody to live as second class citizens.'" (kesq.live.ib-prod.com)
  • Raul Ruiz. Video: Dr. Raul Ruiz- Candidate for Congress. 7 February 2012. "Well, you know, the gay rights movement and marriage equality is our modern day civil rights movement. And we need to come together and support each other to make sure that no American lives as a second class citizen. That all Americans are deserving their rights as citizens." (www.youtube.com)
  • Joint Press Release - PR Text Includes: "Section 3 defines marriage for purposes of federal law as "only a legal union between one man and one woman," excluding same-sex couples from all marriage-based federal responsibilities and rights. A total of 172 Members of the House and 40 Members of the Senate -- including LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chairs Jared Polis (D-CO), David Cicilline (D-RI), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Mark Takano (D-CA), as well as Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) -- signed onto the brief.These 212 Members decided to participate as amici in this case because they want the Supreme Court to hear the full story from Congress, and to explain why they believe that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: We write to urge the Social Security Administration (SSA) to take all necessary steps to end the unconstitutional discrimination currently preventing many same-sex couples from obtaining the Social Security spousal benefits they have earned (votesmart.org)
  • Erica Felci. The Desert Sun: Mary Bono Mack stays mum on gay marriage, Raul Ruiz backs President Barack Obama. 10 May 2012. "I support marriage equality because I am opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether based on gender, race, age, or who you love [¦] The right to marriage should be available to everyone who wants to be in a committed loving relationship." (www.mydesert.com)
  • Raul Ruiz. Video: CBS Local 2: Candidate's reaching out for hispanic voters. 14 May 2012. "Same sex marriage could be a game changing factor. 'We are for full equality; that we are against any form of discrimination because we do not want anybody to live as second class citizens.'" (kesq.live.ib-prod.com)
  • Raul Ruiz. Video: Dr. Raul Ruiz- Candidate for Congress. 7 February 2012. "Well, you know, the gay rights movement and marriage equality is our modern day civil rights movement. And we need to come together and support each other to make sure that no American lives as a second class citizen. That all Americans are deserving their rights as citizens." (www.youtube.com)
  • Joint Press Release - PR Text Includes: "Section 3 defines marriage for purposes of federal law as "only a legal union between one man and one woman," excluding same-sex couples from all marriage-based federal responsibilities and rights. A total of 172 Members of the House and 40 Members of the Senate -- including LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chairs Jared Polis (D-CO), David Cicilline (D-RI), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Mark Takano (D-CA), as well as Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) -- signed onto the brief.These 212 Members decided to participate as amici in this case because they want the Supreme Court to hear the full story from Congress, and to explain why they believe that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: We write to urge the Social Security Administration (SSA) to take all necessary steps to end the unconstitutional discrimination currently preventing many same-sex couples from obtaining the Social Security spousal benefits they have earned (votesmart.org)

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  • Raul Ruiz. Issue Position: Protect Social Security and Medicare. 1 January 2012. "Protect Social Security and Medicare from attempts to slash the benefits California seniors have paid for and deserve." (votesmart.org)
  • Raul Ruiz. Issue Position: Protect Social Security and Medicare. 1 January 2012. "Protect Social Security and Medicare from attempts to slash the benefits California seniors have paid for and deserve." (votesmart.org)

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