Press Releases

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

April 18, 2024

Gallego Backs Bipartisan Bill to Prevent U.S. Trade Policy Favoring Foreign E-Commerce

WASHINGTON - Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) joined Rep. Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) in introducing H.R. 8059, the U.S. Foreign Trade Zone Parity Act, a bipartisan bill to prevent U.S. trade policy from favoring the foreign e-commerce distribution operations that undermine U.S.-based operations. The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Lou Correa (CA-46), Carol Miller (WV-01), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and Mike Carey (OH-15). Current U.S. law allows companies to ship products directly from foreign warehouses … Continue Reading

April 18, 2024

Gallego Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Expand Army Corps Efforts to Combat Drought

WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03), Greg Stanton (AZ-04), and Juan Ciscomani (AZ-6) introduced the Drought Resilient Infrastructure Act to provide new resources and authorities through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to support communities experiencing long-term drought conditions. Senators Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ),  Alex Padilla (D-CA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduced the Senate version. “As Arizona communities continue to face historic … Continue Reading

April 17, 2024

New Gallego Bill Increases Social Security Benefits for Seniors

The Boosting Benefits and COLAs for Seniors Act ensures Arizona seniors receive benefits that keep up with inflation WASHINGTON - Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) introduced the Boosting Benefits and COLAs for Seniors Act, legislation that changes the calculations for Social Security cost of living adjustments (COLAs) to more accurately reflect the costs incurred by Arizona seniors. “Rising costs mean Arizona seniors on Social Security see the real value of their benefits decrease,” said Rep. … Continue Reading

April 16, 2024

Gallego Urges Responsible Stewardship of Arizona’s Rural Groundwater

Letter builds on Rep. Gallego's work to protect Arizona’s groundwater for residents and small and family farms WASHINGTON - Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) sent a letter to Riverview, LLP requesting the company improve its water resource management in Arizona. Riverview, a Minnesota-based company, operates a 51,000-acre dairy farm near Willcox, Arizona. The letter comes after Cochise County residents expressed concerns regarding the state of the Douglas and Willcox groundwater basins at a town … Continue Reading

April 12, 2024

Gallego Announces Over $54 Million in Funding to Support Arizona Border Communities

The funding comes from the newly released tranche of Shelter and Services Program dollars; Gallego pushed for and secured the funding to support Arizona’s border communities New SSP tranche includes Gallego-proposed reforms to better support Arizona WASHINGTON — Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) today announced $54,573,093 in funding from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Shelter and Services Program (SSP) to support Arizona’s border communities on the frontlines of the border … Continue Reading

April 12, 2024

Gallego Pushes Oil Refineries for Answers on Rising Gas Prices

In 11 letters to oil refineries that do business in Arizona, Rep. Gallego presses the companies to explain to everyday Arizonans why gas prices keep rising WASHINGTON — Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) sent letters to the 11 oil refineries from which the Arizona Department of Agriculture’s Weights and Measures Services Division sources the state’s unique blend of Cleaner Burning Gasoline, pushing the refineries to explain to Arizonans, now and in the future, why gas prices have risen—before they … Continue Reading

April 09, 2024

Gallego, Titus Fight to Address Housing Shortage with New Bill

The ‘Housing Voucher Fairness Act’ comes after Gallego pressed the Administration to take action to lower housing costs in Arizona WASHINGTON — Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) and Rep. Dina Titus (NV-01) introduced the Housing Vouchers Fairness Act to increase the number of vouchers allocated to states such as Arizona and Nevada and lower housing costs. “Far too many Arizonans can’t afford housing because outdated federal housing laws disproportionally benefit East Coast cities. That’s not … Continue Reading

March 29, 2024

Gallego Demands Answers for Crushing Social Security Fines Impacting Arizona Seniors

Gallego notes some penalties were in excess of $100,000 despite no notifications from SSA that the seniors were being fined PHOENIX — Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) sent a letter to Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner Martin O’Malley today pushing the administration for answers on why some Americans may have received large fines from SSA without proper notification. “When somebody wrongly receives social security overpayments, it is the job of SSA to inform that person of the issue … Continue Reading

March 28, 2024

Rep. Gallego, Mayor Gallego Announce New Terminal Funding for Sky Harbor

$36 million in funding comes from the FAA’s Airport Terminal Program, made possible thanks to the Gallego-passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law PHOENIX — Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03), Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, and Sky Harbor’s Aviation Director Chad Makovsky held a press conference announcing $36,000,000 secured for Sky Harbor from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Terminal Program. “I was proud to help pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in the House. The investments … Continue Reading

March 26, 2024

New Gallego Bill Helps Arizona’s Small Businesses Offset Security Costs

The SAFE Retail Act provides tax credits to small businesses for storefront security WASHINGTON — Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) introduced the Safer American Family Enterprise (SAFE) Retail Act of 2024, legislation to support small businesses seeking to invest in storefront security. “Arizona’s small businesses are the bedrock of our state’s economy. They’re not large corporations; they’re mom-and-pop shops working hard to provide for their families,” said Rep. Gallego. “Arizonans pour their … Continue Reading

March 25, 2024

Rep. Gallego Releases Report on Supporting Arizona’s Veterans

Gallego released the report on 3/25, in honor of his Lima 3/25 brothers PHOENIX - On 3/25, in honor of his fellow Marines in Lima 3/25, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-03) released his new report: Supporting Arizona’s Veterans. The report details Rep. Gallego’s extensive work to ensure Arizona’s veterans and their loved ones get the benefits they earned through service and sacrifice. “When I came home from Iraq, I experienced firsthand how our government does - and too often doesn’t - take care of … Continue Reading

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