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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representing the 2nd District of Maryland

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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 Unless completely repealed, sequestration will continue to have a disproportionate impact here in Maryland, which is home to many federal agencies and contractors that employee thousands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


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


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

Sep 14, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger issued the following statement in response to the passage of the 2018 Minibus Bill debated on the House Floor Today.

“Today I was forced to vote against a partisan spending package which passed with only one Democratic vote. Not only does this bill drastically slash funding for programs that mitigate coastal flooding, it pulls the plug on the Affordable Care Act, and grossly underfunds domestic investment in infrastructure, education, and healthcare.

May 11, 2017 Press Release

(Timonium, MD) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) on Monday will deliver Meals on Wheels to local recipients and call attention to proposed cuts to domestic federal programs that benefit Marylanders. Media are invited as the Congressman helps load vehicles and meets volunteers before departing on a 6-mile delivery route with stops at the homes of four Second District constituents.  The first stop is at the home of a constituent who was recently rescued by her Meals on Wheels deliveryman after suffering a traumatic fall.

May 3, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. House of Representatives Appropriator Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger issued the following statement on the Fiscal Year 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act, known as the omnibus, which passed today.

 “After months of inaction and irresponsible threats of a government shutdown, I am pleased that the House of Representatives came together to keep our government funded through the end of the fiscal year. This should be the norm, not the exception. This is what we are elected to do every year.

Apr 6, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today signed a petition to force the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on the release of President Donald Trump’s long-promised tax returns.

Mar 16, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s proposed budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018: 

“I agree with the President that we must increase support for our Armed Forces and veterans – many of which live in and work at the two Army bases and Air National Guard base in the Second District. Funding our national security is Congress’s top responsibility. 

Mar 9, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – As Congress prepares to take on the issue of comprehensive tax reform, Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) and Randy Hultgren (IL-14), Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Municipal Finance Caucus, have again sent a bipartisan letter to leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee in support of a critical tool that helps local and state governments finance new roads, schools, hospitals, fire stations and more.

Sep 7, 2016 Page

Since the first municipal bond was issued in the United States by New York City in 1812 to fund the construction of a canal, municipal financing has played a critical role in our nation’s development and has set us on the forefront of commerce and investment.

Mar 1, 2016 Press Release

(Washington, DC)  – Members of Maryland’s House Delegation met today with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Edward P. Chamberlayne, Commander and District Engineer of the Baltimore District office, for an update on the Corps’ current activities and projects in Maryland. Colonel Chamberlayne also discussed the Corps’ budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2017 which includes the Baltimore Harbor and channel dredging, Poplar Island, and Chesapeake Bay comprehensive plan.

Mar 1, 2016 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) and Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today announced the creation of the bipartisan House Municipal Finance Caucus to fight for state and local governments’ ability to independently finance projects that keep their communities strong.

Dec 18, 2015 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) –  Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today voted in favor of the bipartisan $1 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2016, which included a cybersecurity information-sharing provision that he has championed for more than a decade.  As an author of information-sharing legislation since 2011, Congressman Ruppersberger said the vote moves us one step closer to stopping increasingly-aggressive cyber attacks before they happen.