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April 17, 2024

Seniors could get bump in Social Security pay if Gallego bill passes

by Russ Wiles

Many seniors have struggled to keep pace with rising expenses. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., has introduced legislation that could increase their monthly benefits by requiring the Social Security Administration to use a different inflation-calculation formula. Gallego’s Boosting Benefits and COLAs for Seniors Act in the House of Representatives would set cost-of-living adjustments using a measure known as CPI-E, or the Consumer Price Index for Americans 62 years of age and older. Social … Continue Reading

April 14, 2024

Rep. Ruben Gallego Says Codifying Abortion Rights Is Necessary To Combat Arizona's 1864 Law

by Taiyler S. Mitchell

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) said any solutions besides codifying abortion rights would be insufficient to combat the near-total abortion ban from 1864 that may be implemented in Arizona. “The damage is done,” Gallego...told NBC News on Sunday. “Any initiative they pass right now wouldn’t even take effect for quite a while.” The Arizona Supreme Court decided Tuesday that the 1864 abortion criminalization law could go into effect and sent it back to a lower court to hear arguments. The law … Continue Reading

March 14, 2024

Rep. Gallego sends letter to FTC urging them to look into landlords, software over rent price fixing

by staff

PHOENIX — Representative Ruben Gallego has sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging them to investigate alleged rental market price fixing by landlords and the software company RealPage. Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes announced in February that her office is suing software company RealPage along with multiple landlords over what her office calls an "illegal price-fixing conspiracy." There are nine major Phoenix and Tucson area landlords named as defendants in the suit, … Continue Reading

March 08, 2024

Rep. Ruben Gallego calls on federal agency to help with lowering gas prices

by David Baker

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5)— Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to work with state leaders to lower high gas prices. In a letter to EPA administrator Michael S. Regan, Gallego calls on the regulator to be more proactive in helping Arizona with gasoline issues by requesting waivers for the special blends earlier and aggressively monitoring the oil supply. Arizona uses a special blend of gasoline in the summer and winter to reduce air pollution, but it … Continue Reading

March 07, 2024

Lawmaker brings fellow ‘Lucky Lima’ Marines to State of the Union


An Arizona Congressman will bring two fellow Marines with whom he fought during some Iraq’s deadliest days as guests at the annual State of the Union speech given by President Joe Biden Thursday in Washington D.C. Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Marine Corps combat veteran, will bring John and Cheston Bailon, two Navajo brothers who the lawmaker fought alongside with during some of the most violent fighting of the Iraq war in 2005. All three served together in Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, … Continue Reading

January 25, 2024

Representative Ruben Gallego hosts roundtable on cutting costs for Arizonans

by Christine Stanwood

PHOENIX — On Thursday morning, Eva Olivas, the executive director and CEO of Phoenix Revitalization Corporation, sat side by side with other Valley organization leaders at a roundtable hosted by Representative Ruben Gallego. Olivas says low-income communities are deeply affected by our housing crisis. “When HUD changed the income level last year, the next day, we were getting phone calls from people who said, ‘My owners raising my rent, it's like $250 more a month'," Olivas said. Gallego … Continue Reading

January 19, 2024

Rep. Ruben Gallego seeks to cut costs of living in Arizona

by Eduardo Morales

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) is looking to cut costs for what he calls hard-working Americans. And one local is happy with what the representative is trying to do. “Yes it is very good because there are a lot of people with low income and they don’t have the sufficient means to live with large costs,” said local Yuma resident, Maria Leticia De La Cruz Rodriguez. Representative Gallego introduced the Lower Drug Costs for Families Act, which helps … Continue Reading

January 16, 2024

Arizona congressman targets pharmacy benefit managers in proposed bill

by Joe Dana

PHOENIX — Passing through the doorway of Melrose Pharmacy in uptown Phoenix feels like entering the 1950s. Its throwback decor harkens to another era. But the pharmacy’s owner said she faces a distinctly modern challenge: pharmacy benefit managers. “I have been frustrated with PBM’s since the day I opened,” said pharmacist Teresa Dickinson. “Every year I say it can’t get worse. And every year it gets worse.” “They are the mafia of health care” Pharmacy Benefit Managers are third-party … Continue Reading

January 09, 2024

Gallego Introduces Package of Bills to Lower Drug Prices for Hard Working Arizonans

by Celeste Gonzalez

WASHINGTON, DC (KVOA) - Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego introduced three pieces of legislation to hold pharmacy benefit managers, otherwise known as PBMs, accountable for their role in historically inflating drug prices for Arizona consumers. “For too long, PBMs have price gouged hardworking Arizona families and seniors by rigging the system to line their pockets,” said Gallego. “These bills will crack down on unfair pricing gimmicks, help lower prescription drug prices at the pharmacy counter, and … Continue Reading

January 05, 2024

Social Security withholding payments to Arizona woman

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December 13, 2023

Arizona's Democratic congressmen push for more federal energy payment assistance

by Alisa Reznick

Lawmakers are asking Congressional leaders to ramp up a federal program that helps low-income families with energy costs. The request comes from 115 U.S. representatives — including Arizona Democrats Ruben Gallego, Raúl Grijalva and Greg Stanton. They’re asking for $1.6 billion to go toward the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program — which is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. The lawmakers say the program is a lifeline for families having to choose between staying … Continue Reading

December 11, 2023

Farmers, officials talk about impacts of long border wait times (Yuma Sun)

by Mara Knaub

Local leaders talked about the long lines at the border and how they are affecting their communities at a roundtable hosted by Rep. Ruben Gallego on Friday. Officials and farmers also expressed concerns that the San Luis Port of Entry could be closed, putting a damper on local commerce and tourism, and that other port closures will likely make the already long wait times to cross into Mexico and the U.S. longer, threatening the livelihood and health of farm workers who cross the border daily … Continue Reading

December 08, 2023

WATCH: Organized retail theft on the minds of Arizona law enforcement and lawmakers

by Ford Hatchett

PHOENIX — U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Arizona retailers hosted a news conference touting support for bipartisan federal legislation cracking down on organized retail thieves. Also on Friday, Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes announced her office’s Organized Retail Crime team arrested eight people accused of stealing and “cloning” thousands of gift cards from retailers and draining the money. Watch the full story in the video … Continue Reading

December 01, 2023

Arizona opinion: Arizona can’t afford a new 'tomato tax'

by Rep. Ruben Gallego

Since the pandemic, inflation has hit families across Arizona. People are feeling an unyielding squeeze on gas, groceries, childcare, and more, and I feel it too. That’s why in Congress, I’m fighting to lower prices and protect pocketbooks — whether on prescription drugs or at the gas pump — for everyday Arizonans. But despite the progress we’ve seen, grocery prices are at risk of rising, and tens of thousands of Arizona jobs are at risk of being eliminated because of a single produce item: … Continue Reading

November 19, 2023

Biden agency diverting millions in border funds to blue cities says border is not its 'mission space': emails

by Thomas Catenacci , Houston Keene

EXCLUSIVE: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which oversees federal funding for services related to noncitizen migrant arrivals in the U.S., said the border isn't part of its "mission space," according to emails obtained by Fox News Digital. FEMA, which is a Department of Homeland Security subagency tasked with overseeing federal disaster assistance programs, made the statement in an email exchange with Democrat Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego's staff, which invited agency officials … Continue Reading

November 16, 2023

Latinos, los más beneficiados con la Ley de Reducción de la Inflación, según reporte

by Javier Arce

Los latinos en Arizona y en todo el país han tenido más dificultades para obtener la atención médica que merecen y necesitan debido al aumento de los costos y las barreras de acceso a la atención. Pero con la llegada de la Ley de Reducción de la Inflación (IRA por sus siglas en inglés) esas barreras se han ido derribando. Así lo afirmaron el Representante por Arizona Rubén Gallego y el Representante por Texas Joaquín Castro, quienes dieron a conocer los resultados del reporte “Reducir los … Continue Reading

November 14, 2023

Rep. Ruben Gallego wants to fix humanitarian funding at the border. Here's his plan

by José Ignacio Castañeda Perez

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego ... unveiled a plan on Monday to reform the program that funds Arizona nonprofits and local governments in their humanitarian response to arriving migrants.  The proposal calls for a number of reforms to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s new Shelter and Services Program. The federal program was created to help reimburse nonprofits and local governments for their efforts to help migrants released from the Department of Homeland Security custody.  The program … Continue Reading

November 14, 2023

Rubén Gallego presenta plan para reparar la financiación humanitaria en la frontera

by José Ignacio Castañeda Perez

El representante federal Rubén Gallego ... dio a conocer el lunes un plan para reformar el programa que provee financiación a organizaciones sin fines de lucro y a gobiernos locales de Arizona a medida que llegan migrantes a la frontera de Estados Unidos con México. La propuesta exige una serie de reformas al nuevo Programa de Servicios y Refugio (SSP por sus siglas en inglés) de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA por sus siglas en inglés). Este programa federal fue creado … Continue Reading

November 02, 2023

A bipartisan House duo is concerned the Biden administration could let Iran’s nuclear program off the hook

by Nicholas Wu

Iran’s efforts to advance its nuclear program are alarming Reps. Ruben Gallego and Jim Banks, who are warning Secretary of State Antony Blinken it could “represent a serious U.S. policy failure.” “The lack of accountability from this administration on Iran’s nuclear program has emboldened the regime to escalate its other destabilizing activities, including its growing relationships with Russia and China and the use of proxy terrorist forces around the world,” the two lawmakers write in a … Continue Reading

November 01, 2023

Reps. Gallego and McCaul ask for more funds for first responders in border communities

by Mallory Wilson

Two border-state lawmakers from opposing parties have penned a letter to the head of the House Appropriations Committee in a bipartisan effort to get more money for first responders in communities along the southern border. Reps. Ruben Gallego, Arizona Democrat, and Michael McCaul, Texas Republican, sent a letter to committee Chairwoman Kay Granger, Texas Republican, and ranking member Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut Democrat, on Tuesday asking for funding for first responders for  the 2024 budget … Continue Reading

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