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Congressman Elect Announces Appointment to House Committee

The recently elected congressman asked to be appointed to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Congressman-elect Raul Ruiz has been appointed to the House Committee on Natural Resources, his office announced today.

The committee focuses on legislation impacting American energy production, mineral lands and mining, fisheries and wildlife, public lands, oceans, Native Americans, irrigation and reclamation, Ruiz officials wrote in a news release.

Ruiz said he requested an appointment to the Committee because it has jurisdiction over several key issues facing the region.

“This committee is a great fit for the needs of our district,” said Ruiz through the news release. “It will allow me to help our alternative energy companies grow and create new jobs.  It will give me a platform to push for restoration of the Salton Sea.  And, it will let me work on many of the most important issues facing our local tribes.”

The Committee has five subcommittees:  Energy and Mineral Resources; Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs; Indian and Alaska Native Affairs; National Parks, Forests and Public Lands; and Water and Power, officials wrote.

“My goal is to use this committee to help our area become a national leader in creating alternative energy jobs,” said Ruiz.  “Alternative energy like wind and solar is not only good for the economy, it also reduces our dependence on foreign oil, and reduces the threat of global warming.”

John Mackey December 27, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Congratulations to Dr. Raul Ruiz on his appointment to this committee, which he can use "as a platform" to advance restoration efforts at The Salton Sea.
linda hanna December 27, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Oh good. Why not just let him take over for the resigning head of the EPA? Part of the problem in this country is we put responsibility into the hands of those who have no experience and to whom the words "renewable" and "alternative" solve everything. This newbie will push his liberal agenda to the limits in any appointment he receives further shutting down legitimate jobs while more of our money gets thrown at useless products the public does not want and cannot afford to pay for.. Pity us.
Ellen Carr December 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Finally, a VOICE for the Salton Sea. Congratulations to Dr. Raul Ruiz!
MARLENE LEVINE December 28, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Linda seems to be jumping to conclusions about Congressman Elect Ruiz without even giving him a chance. Just wondering what proof she has to back up her point about the FUTURE actions of our "newbie" (her word) Representative? We are very fortunate to have someone who actually lives here and cares about our community!
Kathleen Martin December 28, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I thought Dr. Raul Ruiz was voted in by the clear majority of voters in his district. He won our trust and inspired hope in the public who believe he''ll work for changes to benefit his constituents, as well as other Americans. Our votes do not support Linda Hanna's claim that he'll "push his own agenda" and "throw money at that which the public does not want." Linda, we both want and need him for the job he offered to do for us.
ATC December 29, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Kathleen, you have it wrong. He was not voted in by the clear majority of voters, but rather by one of the thinnest margins in any race; barely over 50%. That's not exactly a "clear majority". He is also in for a rude awakening when he realizes that a freshman Congressman has little power to get anything he wants done, regardless of any "appointments". That said, I hope he will do the right things, but everything I saw from him during the campaign makes me believe that Linda is right about his liberal agenda. Liberals have destroyed this state, why would we want more of the same at the federal level? We shall see if the 50+% was right, or if the 49+% were right.
steve l December 30, 2012 at 10:57 PM
so im wondering at what percentage of the vote gary considers a clear majority to have been attained? dictionary.com says "a : a number or percentage equaling more than half of a total <a majority of voters> <a two-thirds majority> b : the excess of a majority over the remainder of the total : margin <won by a majority of 10 votes>" i think barely over 50 pecent is still a pretty clear majority. if you dont like what he does, there will certainly be another election coming up. until then, respect the election results like a good citizen.
Kathleen Martin December 31, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Thank you for your offering your support, Steve, for my comment and the process described in the U.S. Constitution. I cut and pasted these numbers reflecting the results of the most recent election from www.vote.info.com: US Rep, 36th District Vote Count Percent DEM - RAUL RUIZ 110,189 52.94% REP - MARY BONO MACK 97,953 47.06% Total 208,142 100.00% 12,236 official votes/ 5.88% margin is a clear enough majority for me. As for Gary's comment about the 'rude awakening of what little power is given a freshman congressman to get anything done', I still give Dr. Ruiz my respect for earning the top spot in Washington, D.C. to begin to make the changes we need.
ATC January 04, 2013 at 08:58 PM
OK, so your definition and mine of “clear majority” are obviously different. I would call his victory a “slight majority”, Steve would likely characterize it as a “pretty clear majority”, and you of course a “clear majority” It’s all in the interpretation, which is completely subjective. No matter, he did in fact win. But I don’t understand your comment that he earned the top spot in Washington DC? He’s a freshman congressman, appointed to a single committee (one of many), that has 5 sub-committees, each with 15-25 members…Just how is that “THE top spot in Washington DC”? He’s more like part of the “3rd string” on the team right now, not exactly the starting quarterback.
Kathleen Martin January 05, 2013 at 04:54 AM
Gary, You may be puzzled by my comment because you misquoted me. When you said, "I don’t understand your comment that he earned the top spot in Washington DC? ....He’s more like part of the “3rd string” on the team right now, not exactly the starting quarterback." Actually, what I'd said was, "I still give Dr. Ruiz my respect for earning the top spot in Washington, D.C. to begin to make the changes we need." What I meant was that he is a 'doer'; he took action to position himself (with the backing of his constituents) in D.C. where he is willing to fight the good fight on behalf of us all. This is in contrast to folks who are content to offer careless, undeserved putdowns, predict gloom and doom based on their own political understanding, support their claims with inaccurate statitstics, and make sarcastic comments to and about people who think otherwise. Let's end this discussion, allow the will of people to prevail like it's supposed to in America, and give Dr. Ruiz the support he deserves. If there are concrete ideas you'd like him to consider, take the time to contact him directly. Within hours of being sworn into the 113th Congress, his offical website (http://ruiz.house.gov/) was up and welcoming our ideas.
ATC January 06, 2013 at 04:54 AM
Wow, Kathleen, are you serious? I didn't misquote you at all. Directly from YOUR post: "I still give Dr. Ruiz my respect for earning the TOP SPOT IN WASHINGTON, D.C. to begin to make the changes we need." What you now say you meant was not at all what you actually "said/wrote". Whether he is a "doer" or not, the fact remains that he is in no way in any "top spot" in Washington DC. Period. He is at the bottom of the totem pole. Nice try with the diversion tactic, though. It is quite ironic that YOU complain about those who offer careless, undeserved putdowns and make sarcastic comments to and about people who think otherwise, when you yourself do the exact same thing to me and others like me (those who believe that liberalism is what is destroying this state and this country). As such, you are no longer worth my comment. Have a nice day.

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