Press Releases

May 16, 2024

Gallego Backs Legislation to Promote Airline Transparency, Put Money Back in Arizonans’ Pockets

PHOENIX — Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) signed on as an original backer of the Enhancing Transparency from Airlines (ETA) Act to promote airline transparency and protect passengers. “Arizonans shouldn’t have to jump through hoops just to get the money an airline owes them,” said Rep. Gallego. “Travel delays and cancellations are enough of a headache without having to fight for compensation or decipher confusing refund rules. Arizonans deserve to get their money back in their pockets, not a … Continue Reading

May 15, 2024

Gallego Provision to Crack Down on Hidden Junk Fees Passes Republican-Led House with Overwhelming Support

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) cheered the House passage of a key provision of his Junk Fee Prevention Act to crack down on hidden fees charged by ticket sellers - all part of his efforts to cut costs for everyday Arizonans. “We’ve all been there - you select a concert ticket at one price, but by the time you get to check out, fees have made the cost nearly double,” said Rep. Gallego. “But it’s not just ticket sellers that are abusing hidden junk fees. I’ll keep fighting to … Continue Reading

May 15, 2024

On Peace Officers Memorial Day, Gallego Pushes to Commemorate Officers Who Defended the Capitol on January 6th

WASHINGTON - On Peace Officers Memorial Day, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) is asking why a Congressionally mandated plaque honoring the officers who defended the Capitol on January 6, 2021, has not yet been installed. Rep. Gallego was on the House Floor defending Arizona’s election results when rioters attacked on January 6th and saw firsthand the heroic actions of Capitol Police, Metro Police, and other officers. “Over 100 Capitol Police officers and dozens of Metropolitan Police officers were … Continue Reading

May 14, 2024

During National Police Week, Gallego Announces Efforts to Recruit, Train, Retain More Law Enforcement Officers

WASHINGTON - During National Police Week, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03), a Marine Corps combat veteran and member of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, announced his efforts to address the ongoing law enforcement shortage and recruit, train, and retain officers. “As communities across Arizona face a growing officer shortage, we must step up to keep Arizonans safe and help departments with training and hiring,” said Rep. Gallego. “I’m proud to have delivered more federal dollars in this … Continue Reading

May 10, 2024

Gallego Statement on DHS Proposed Rule to Streamline Asylum Processing

PHOENIX - Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) released the following statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s new proposed rule aimed at streamlining asylum processing. Statement from Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03): “Since the fall of Title 42, I have repeatedly urged the Administration to address the border crisis, and today’s announcement is a needed step to help relieve the pressure on our frontline border communities and swiftly remove those who pose a threat to … Continue Reading

May 09, 2024

During Older Americans Month, Gallego Takes Action to Protect Seniors’ Financial Security

PHOENIX - During Older Americans Month and on National Scam Survivor Day, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) announced steps to protect Arizonans from financial scams. According to the?FBI’s 2023 Elder Fraud Report, more than 100,000 retirees reported being victims of scams, resulting in over $3.4 billion stolen. The situation was particularly stark in Arizona, which ranked fourth in number of reports at 5,003 and sixth in losses at nearly $128 million. Increasingly, social media is being used to … Continue Reading

May 08, 2024

Gallego Announces Nearly $12 Million Coming to Communities Across Arizona for Affordable Housing

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) announced that communities across Arizona will receive $11,821,480 in Public Housing Repair funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “Solving Arizona’s housing crisis means tackling the issue from all sides. That includes ensuring our supply of public housing is safe and available for the families and seniors who need it most,” said Rep. Gallego. “Thanks to critical funding I helped pass, I am proud to announce … Continue Reading

May 02, 2024

As Arizona Heats Up, Gallego Rolls Out Report on Efforts to Combat Extreme Heat

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) released a report detailing his extensive work to combat the causes and consequences of extreme heat. “In Arizona, extreme heat isn’t just uncomfortable - it’s deadly,” said Rep. Gallego. “Despite extreme heat's safety and economic impacts, Arizona communities are left to respond without federal support. As my new report details, I’m fighting for forward-thinking, comprehensive solutions to help Arizonans stay cool and healthy - even in the … Continue Reading

April 30, 2024

Gallego Backs Bipartisan, Bicameral Push for Speaker Johnson to Hold Vote on Senate-Passed RECA Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) signed a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging House Speaker Mike Johnson to immediately act to pass the Radiation Exposure Compensation Reauthorization Act (RECA). This legislation would reauthorize and strengthen the RECA program which was approved by the Senate with strong bipartisan support in March. This legislation is critical for communities and individuals who have suffered from the consequences of the United States' nuclear testing … Continue Reading

April 30, 2024

Reps. Gallego, Kelly, Waltz Call Out National Guard for Continued Delays Paying Owed Bonuses

WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03), Trent Kelly (MS-01), and Michael Waltz (FL-06) sent a letter to National Guard Bureau Chief General Daniel R. Hokanson demanding to know why the Guard continues to fail to fully pay reenlistment bonuses owed to more than 13,000 servicemembers and expressing concern that servicemembers are now being forced to cut through bureaucratic red tape to receive what they are owed. “Civilians are not required to navigate through an extensive, months-long … Continue Reading

April 26, 2024

STATEMENT: Gallego on the Train Derailment on the Arizona-New Mexico State Line

PHOENIX — Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) released the following statement in response to the train derailment on the Arizona-New Mexico state line: "The train derailment on the Arizona-New Mexico state line is incredibly concerning, and I am closely monitoring the situation. I am in communication with Transportation Secretary Buttigieg, who relayed that the federal government will do what it can to deploy the necessary resources and personnel to contain the derailment and any potential … Continue Reading

April 25, 2024

NEW: EPA Grants Waiver to Lower Gas Prices at Gallego’s Urging

PHOENIX - Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) applauded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for granting a fuel waiver for Maricopa County, as well as portions of Pinal and Yavapai Counties, to lower gas prices in Arizona. “Arizonans should not be forced to pay unreasonably high gas prices due to a delay in gasoline delivery,” Rep. Gallego said. “That’s why I pushed the EPA to do what was right and waive the requirements that would’ve led to skyrocketing prices. If these delays continue, … Continue Reading

April 24, 2024

Gallego Leads Bipartisan Call to Protect Water Facilities from Cyber Hacks

PHOENIX - Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-03) and Pat Fallon (R-TX-04) sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas calling for a briefing and answers about the cyber hack launched against the city water system of Muleshoe, Texas, in January. Investigations since the hack have attributed it to Sandworm, a hacking group believed to be connected to Russia’s spy agency, the GRU. “As you may know, much of the American West is experiencing a historic, long-term drought that makes … Continue Reading

April 24, 2024

Gallego Urges the EPA to Lower Gas Prices for Arizonans

PHOENIX - Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) took action and pushed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to grant a fuel waiver for Maricopa County, as well as portions of Pinal and Yavapai Counties, in order to lower gas prices in Arizona. Rep. Gallego states in a letter to the agency that, “without a waiver, retailers will need to draw down their gasoline supplies to comply with summer CBG [Cleaner Burning Gas] rules. The resulting very low levels of gasoline storage could leave … Continue Reading

April 22, 2024

Rep. Gallego Tours Housing Shelter for Which He Secured Nearly $2 Million in Funding

The Gallego-secured funding will help reduce homelessness in Arizona PHOENIX — Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) toured UMOM New Day Center’s Family Shelter Expansion and Remodel Project and presented UMOM with a ceremonial $1.98 million check for the community project funding Rep. Gallego secured for the shelter. “Ending Arizona’s homelessness crisis requires an all-encompassing approach, and I was proud to fight for UMOM’s Family Shelter Expansion and Remodel Project to increase the number … Continue Reading

April 22, 2024

Gallego Meets with Arizona Community Health Care Advocates at Roundtable

PHOENIX - Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) was the featured speaker today at a roundtable discussion with nearly two dozen Arizona community leaders in Phoenix.  The discussion focused on lowering prescription drugs costs, making health care more affordable, strengthening and protecting health care access for all Arizonans, and combating threats to reproductive health care.“Prescription drug prices have been skyrocketing for decades - forcing families to make impossible choices or sending them to … Continue Reading

April 20, 2024

Gallego Statement on Opposition to H.R. 3602

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) voted against H.R. 3602. Following the vote, he released this statement: Statement from Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) “Once again, performative politicians put forth a bill that fails to address Arizona’s border crisis — which is why I could not support it. This bill purposefully leaves out the solutions Arizona vitally needs to secure our border — hiring judges, providing resources for border communities, and fixing our broken asylum system. “We … Continue Reading

April 20, 2024

Gallego Statement on Passage of House Foreign Aid Package

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations, voted to provide critical aid to U.S. allies and partners in Ukraine, Israel, and the Indo-Pacific. Following the vote, he released this statement: Statement from Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) “Around the world, we are seeing a struggle between democracy and autocracy that threatens America and our interests. As supporters of freedom, it is vital to our … Continue Reading

April 20, 2024

PASSED: Gallego Bill to Stop Fentanyl Money Laundering

Gallego’s Buck Stops Here Act passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support as part of the 21st Century Peace Through Strength Act WASHINGTON - Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) celebrated the House of Representatives’ passage of his bill, the Buck Stops Here Act. The bill, which will help keep Arizonans safe and combat the fentanyl epidemic plaguing our state, was included in the 21st Century Peace Through Strength Act which passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support. “Fentanyl … Continue Reading

April 19, 2024

Gallego Calls on Homeland Security, DOJ to Crackdown on Gift Card Fraud

WASHINGTON -Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick Garland calling on their departments to work with retailers to crackdown on gift card fraud schemes that have resulted in the theft of millions of dollars from innocent Americans, especially seniors. These schemes operate by removing gift cards from a store, recording the card numbers and pins or replacing them with a barcode, repairing the packaging, … Continue Reading

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