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July 6, 2020 Press Release

PHOENIX, AZ – Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) issued the following statement after Walgreens agreed to add an additional COVID-19 testing site at a location the Congressman requested. Arizona has seen a rapid increase in COVID-19 positive cases amid a massive state-wide testing shortage.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Armed Services Committee passed an amendment to the House National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), introduced by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) that would permit transfer of land at Camp Navajo, Arizona from the U.S. Army to the State of Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs.

This narrowly tailored land transfer would allow for select commercial activities to take place on parts of Camp Navajo while still allowing the Department of Defense to safely carry out its missions there.

February 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, announced his guest to this year’s State of the Union address: Vanessa Mendez, a second grade teacher at Papago Elementary School. She is one of more than 25,000 Arizonans who have temporary legal status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Rep. Gallego issued the following statement:

November 6, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) issued a statement following an announcement that Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport would receive a $24 million grant from the Department of Transportation for the Northside Rail Expansion project:

October 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and his staff joined the College Depot program at the College Depot program at Burton Barr Central Library for a workshop to provide free information and assistance for students and families completing the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application for the next academic year opened today.

September 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) issued the following statement in response to news that Valley Metro will a receive $75 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grants Program for the Tempe Streetcar project.

The announcement comes as Valley Metro makes plans to expand in areas throughout the region, including in the South Central neighborhood in Phoenix.

September 23, 2019 Press Release

PHOENIX, AZ – Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) released the following statement in response to an announcement that the Department of Transportation will award a $21.3 million grant to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for an ongoing reconstruction project. The grant will go towards reconstruction of 90,000 square yards of the Terminal 4 apron, the fifth phase of the project. The total project will involve 270,000 square yards of reconstruction.

July 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Reps. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Steve Cohen (TN-09), Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Complete Streets Act, legislation that would promote safer and more accessible transportation routes across the United States.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) issued the following statement following passage of five key FY 2020 Appropriations bills – Commerce-Justice-Science, Agriculture-Related Agencies, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-VA, and Transportation-HUD:

June 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) issued the following statement today following passage of four key FY 2020 Appropriations bills – Labor-HHS-Education, Energy and Water Development, State-Foreign Operations, and Defense: