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Raul Ruiz's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (CA) - District 25

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  • Signed a letter stating: "We, the undersigned members of Congress, urge you to reject a policy agenda that would harm women, starting with your efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and defund Planned Parenthood. Many people are fearful about how your presidency will affect women and girls. You have promised to nominate Supreme Court Justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by The Club for Growth. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The Republican tax bill means more pain, more suffering, and shorter life-spans for these individuals who go without care because they can no longer afford it. All of this to give a $1.5 billion tax cut to the wealthiest one percent. That's just not right." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have spent my time in Congress standing up for seniors by fighting to protect and expand Medicare and Social Security. It's a promise I made when I first ran and it's a promise I have kept. Seniors have paid for, earned, and been promised these benefits after a lifetime of hard work and I will always stand up for them by working to expand and protect these commitments while opposing any cuts or changes to the retirement age." (votesmart.org)
  • "Last month, I introduced the bipartisan Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act, which has already unanimously passed the House and Senate. With the President's signature, this bill will help parents coordinate care for a sick child and protect seniors from going bankrupt to pay for their loved one's in-home care." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • ""The House passage of my bill, the Public Service Spending Integrity Act, is a great victory for my constituents and a government that works for the people," said Dr. Ruiz. "Politicians should not be allowed to use their position to make a profit off the people they serve. The last four years have underscored how corrupt Washington politicians can use their positions to enrich themselves and their families at the expense of the American people. My bill that passed as part of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, will fight corruption, promote integrity, and help ensure our elected representatives are held accountable to putting the American people over personal profits."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 87% by Common Cause. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "Passing the George Floyd #JusticeInPolicing Act will help move our community and nation from internalizing despair to externalizing hope in action for change." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our nation faces a diverse array of threats, and it is critical that we maintain and strengthen our military readiness. That is why I have consistently voted to support our military and crossed the aisle to ensure our readiness is not eroded by across-the-board spending cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "One of the greatest crises facing this district and Southern California is the dying Salton Sea. It poses a significant threat to the families in our region and I have been working with local, regional, and federal stakeholders since my first day in Congress to secure funding and address this issue head-on." (drraulruiz.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "The critical need for Federal investment in our water infrastructure is without question." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1319: "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • ""Today, I enthusiastically voted for the American Rescue Plan with my constituents on my mind and in my heart," said Dr. Ruiz. "This bill will put vaccines in arms, money in pockets, people in jobs, and students in schools. I voted to help seniors, veterans, high-risk people, communities, and essential workers get life-saving vaccines. I voted for the small business owner to receive assistance to keep their doors open and create more jobs. I voted for struggling families to receive $1,400 stimulus checks and a child tax credit up to $3,600 per child. I voted for our students to get back to school by funding schools to create a pandemic safe environment. I voted for the unemployed to receive an extra $300 a week in unemployment insurance to help pay their bills. I voted for housing and rental assistance for people worried they may be evicted or homeless. I voted to keep our teachers, police, first responders, and transit workers on payroll with state, county, city, and tribal funding to sustain and strengthen their services and programs for the people."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (votesmart.org)
  • "Serving on this committee empowers me to expand my work advocating for high-quality affordable health care, health equity, women's health services, and expand job opportunities through renewable energy and manufacturing." (votesmart.org)
  • "Hear live from our diverse panel of stakeholders about the importance of the #DesertPlan and why we need to preserve the agreement to protect our local tourism economy and create renewable energy jobs over the next 20 years." (www.facebook.com)
  • Signed Letter to Administrator Regan: "We write to express our appreciation for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) historic action to combat methane emissions in the agency's recent announcement to strengthen regulations on new and modified sources, and to expand safeguards to existing sources of methane from oil and gas production. We celebrate the much-needed progress EPA is making on methane emissions through this proposal, including necessary protections to zero-out emissions from intentionally polluting equipment like pneumatic controllers." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Proud to earn a 100% on the League of Conservation Voters for my work to protect our public health and environment! National security experts agree, climate change is a serious threat to our national security and economic security. We need take bold action now to plan for, mitigate, and prevent climate change to protect our environment and natural resources for future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Environment America. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 2467 "PFAS Action Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I am ready and willing to join with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to work toward bipartisan solutions to end gun violence. " (www.facebook.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "You have also stated in the past that, 'The best thing politically is to let Obamacare explode' and recently said that 'Obamacare is dead.' We strongly disagree." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We strongly support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and oppose any effort to repeal it." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Millions of workers will get paid sick leave under #FamiliesFirst. They need protections now, not grandstanding. Proud to have passed this emergency legislation." (twitter.com)
  • "Our immigration system is broken, however, and I am working with Democrats and Republicans toward a comprehensive immigration system that is rooted in common sense. For far too long, Congress has failed to act on a comprehensive plan for reform. I believe that any comprehensive immigration reform plan must be bipartisan, secure our borders, uphold the immigration laws we already have, protect our workers and businesses, and include an earned pathway to citizenship for those who work hard and play by the rules. It is time to put aside the political games and work together in a bipartisan effort to address this critical challenge that will secure our borders, improve our economy, provide our businesses a stable workforce, and reduce the deficit by $800 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our immigration system is broken, however, and I am working with Democrats and Republicans toward a comprehensive immigration system that is rooted in common sense. For far too long, Congress has failed to act on a comprehensive plan for reform. I believe that any comprehensive immigration reform plan must be bipartisan, secure our borders, uphold the immigration laws we already have, protect our workers and businesses, and include an earned pathway to citizenship for those who work hard and play by the rules. It is time to put aside the political games and work together in a bipartisan effort to address this critical challenge that will secure our borders, improve our economy, provide our businesses a stable workforce, and reduce the deficit by $800 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly support passing the DREAM Act, which will provide our students who are in the United States through no fault of their own the opportunity to get a high-quality education, help grow our economy, serve this country in our military, and contribute to the future of the only nation they have ever called home." (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Speaker, the decision to end DACA goes against the very core of our American values of the American Dream. The future of 800,000 young people who study, serve in our military, and contribute to our economy, and who serve and protect America is at risk." (votesmart.org)
  • "The executive order to stop deporting young people who were brought here through no fault of their own is very important to me. Congress should stop playing politics and recognize that everyone has an interest in immigration reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to President Obama: "Ensuring that Iran complies with the terms of the nuclear deal and takes concrete steps to dismantle its nuclear enrichment program, in addition to holding Iran responsible for complying with all of the separate, non-nuclear U.N. resolutions, should be a top priority and now is not the time to show leniency in the enforcement of Iran's violations of international resolutions. Now should be a time of hyper vigilance, holding Iran to the highest possible level of accountability. We look forward to working with you on these new ballistic missile sanctions to make sure that Iran knows there are consequences to its actions." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H J Res 37 - Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S J Res 68 "A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "American auto workers, parts suppliers and retailers, dealers, vehicle service providers, and millions of consumers depend on a healthy and competitive U.S. auto industry. As you know, this vital sector employs nearly four percent of our total private sector workforce and is a key engine that powers our economy. However, if tariffs were to be implemented, new vehicle prices will likely increase, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • "I voted for the USMCA only after hard-fought improvements to strengthen labor standards, secure our environment, and protect seniors from higher drug prices. NAFTA needed an upgrade and the USMCA is a step in the right direction!" (twitter.com)
  • ""NAFTA needed an upgrade to improve our local economy, protect our workers, and enhance environmental standards," said Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36). "I voted yes on the USMCA only after hard-fought victories that strengthen labor standards, increase wages, improve environmental protections, and prevent Big Pharma from locking in high drug prices. In particular, this bill provides over $500 million to improve pollution in waterways along the border like the New River, which dumps polluted water into the Salton Sea. This agreement is a step in the right direction to level the playing field for American jobs and increase American exports to help our local economies."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (votesmart.org)

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