Rep. Raul Ruiz calls for bipartianship, backs Democratic budget plan

September 27th, 2013 | by Erica Felci | Comments

Calling on his congressional colleagues to put “solutions above ideology,” U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz today announced he was supporting the budget plan passed by the Democratically controlled Senate.

Ruiz photo for committee postThe Senate’s short-term budget plan, designed to get the U.S. government through looming government shutdown, passed on a 54-44 vote today. It removes a clause supported by the GOP-led House that would defund the federal health care law.

“I urge House leaders to stop holding the budget hostage to promote their political agendas, and instead bring this bill to the floor for an immediate vote. While it is not a perfect bill, I support it as a reasonable, common sense solution to prevent a government shutdown and keep our commitments to our seniors, troops, and veterans,” Ruiz, a Palm Desert Democrat, said in a statement today.

Ruiz, an emergency room physician, opposed the GOP budget plan that the House endorsed Sept. 20. It was passed primarily along party lines.

“We need to put people above partisanship and solutions above ideology. I stand ready to work with my colleagues in both political parties toward that end,” Ruiz said today.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Rancho Mirage Democrat, voted in favor of the budget plan that passed out of the Senate today.

“Now it’s up to the House to follow suit and stop this dangerous game that has such devastating consequences for our country,” Boxer said on the Senate floor today, according to remarks shared by her office.

“Unfortunately, House Republicans are on a disastrous course. They keep saying they don’t want to shut down the government, but everything they do is leading down that path. They keep saying they don’t want to default on our nation’s debt, but everything they do is leading us toward a catastrophic default.”

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