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Budget and Taxes

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger ran his own business, so he knows what it’s like to make a payroll and meet a budget. As Baltimore County Executive, he was required to submit a balanced budget for eight years and was repeatedly honored for his responsible financial management. Now in Congress, he believes the same common sense principles should be applied to the federal budget. Dutch believes:

The government shouldn’t spend more than it can afford.

Dutch has voted for, and even cosponsored, balanced budget amendments. Now, as our country continues to rebuild, he joined a bipartisan coalition encouraging a minimum $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade. 

As Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, Dutch worked with the Republican Chairman to cut $1 billion from the budgets of 16 intelligence agencies without affecting their missions by conducting program review and eliminating all unnecessary, wasteful and duplicative spending. Now as an Appropriator, he thinks the same should be done across the federal budget. Priority must be given to job-creating investments, such as infrastructure and cybersecurity.

Sequestration must be replaced with a balanced budget solution.

While Congress recently passed legislation that lifts the across-the-board budget caps known as sequestration for two years, this is only a Band-aid fix. Unless completely repealed, sequestration will continue to have a disproportionate impact here in Maryland, which is home to many federal agencies and contractors that employee thousands of residents.

Bipartisan groups that have looked at our deficit challenge such as Bowles-Simpson have all concluded that we cannot achieve financial stability without a balanced package that includes both tax cuts and new revenues where appropriate. Dutch agrees. 

Tax reform should be addressed comprehensively. 

Dutch supported extending the Bush tax cuts for the vast majority of American households and, more recently, joined 77 other Democrats in voting for a tax extenders bill that includes $650 billion in tax relief for businesses and individuals, including the Earned Income Tax Credit and the American Opportunity Tax Credit. He has sponsored legislation to increase the $1,000 child care tax credit and make it permanent since 2007. 

That said, Dutch believes our entire tax code should be updated and simplified comprehensively. We should have lower individual and corporate tax rates and fewer brackets and we should get rid of unfair loopholes and tax breaks for certain industries such as oil and gas companies.

Related Cosponsorships

EACH Act

Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2015

Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2015

Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act of 2015

American Opportunity Tax Credit Act of 2015

Child Tax Credit Permanency Act of 2015

PHIT Act

Commuter Parity Act of 2015

Earned Income Tax Credit Improvement and Simplification Act of 2015

Small Business Tax Credit Accessibility Act 

Jobs for Heroes Act

Fair BEER Act

Shortline Railroad Rehabilitation and Investment Act of 2015

Small BREW Act

Wounded Warrior Tax Equity Act of 2015

 

 

 

More on Budget and Taxes

Dec 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $31,662,850 in the first round of federal funding to airports across the state from the bipartisan infrastructure law.

Dec 10, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Maryland Congressional delegation including Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, Andy Harris, M.D., and David Trone wrote to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig and National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins regarding the national backlog of amended tax returns.

Nov 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced $3.3 million from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta) for affordable housing developments around Maryland.

Nov 19, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger this morning voted in support of once-in-a-generation legislation that will create jobs, cut taxes for the vast majority of Americans and lower costs for everyday needs ranging from healthcare to childcare. H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act, which also makes the largest investment to combat climate change in history, passed the House of Representatives in a 220 and 213 vote and now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

Nov 5, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger tonight voted in support of historic and bipartisan legislation that will infuse $500 billion in new funding into America’s aging infrastructure, including roads and bridges, waterways, high-speed internet and pipelines. After previously clearing the U.S. Senate in August, H.R. 3684, the “Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act” passed the House of Representatives in a 228 to 206 vote and now heads to the desk of President Biden to be signed into law.

Sep 30, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today joined the U.S. House of Representatives in passing legislation that will extend vital government funding for federal agencies including education, health, housing and public safety programs through December 3. H.R. 5305, the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act, passed in a bipartisan 254-175 vote and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

Sep 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $1,048,475 in American Rescue Plan funding to assist educational institutions across Maryland in their COVID-19 economic recovery.

Sep 24, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Defense Appropriator, tonight voted in favor of legislation authorizing $768 billion in national defense-related activities, including a 2.7 percent pay raise for troops, an expansion of parental leave for caregivers in military families and historic changes to better combat sexual assault in the military.

Sep 16, 2021 Press Release

(Timonium, MD)  – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today highlighted the impact of emergency federal funding for Maryland restaurants and arts and entertainment venues sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Plan’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) provided more than $40 million in grants to struggling eateries throughout Maryland’s Second District alone.

Jul 29, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today voted in support of a seven-bill “minibus” appropriations package that makes critical investments in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland’s military facilities, local veterans and children. H.R. 4502 – which combines the appropriations bills for federal departments and agencies including Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Agriculture, Interior, Environment, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Energy and Water Development, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development – passed the U.S.