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 Unless completely repealed, sequestration will continue to have a disproportionate impact here in Maryland, which is home to many federal agencies and contractors that employee thousands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.
More on Budget and Taxes
(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.
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today joined the House Appropriations Committee in passing legislation that will upgrade Maryland roads, rails and the Port of Baltimore. The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2022 passed the Committee in a 33 to 24 vote and now heads to the full U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) today announced that Congresswoman Jackie Walorski of Indiana will serve as the Republican co-chair of the bipartisan House Municipal Finance Caucus following the announced retirement of current co-chair, Congressman Steve Stivers of Ohio. Walorski serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and has a strong background in tax policy.
(Timonium, MD) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today urged Maryland families to file their taxes if they have not already in order to receive monthly checks under a recently-expanded and improved Child Tax Credit. Many parents who did not previously qualify for the Child Tax Credit are now eligible under one-year changes that were included in the American Rescue Plan. The extended deadline to file federal income taxes is May 17.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin led a virtual delegation meeting Tuesday afternoon with Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone to discuss with Governor Larry Hogan and his cabinet their priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. Central to the conversation were the important federal resources from the American Rescue Plan and opportunities for major infrastructure investments through the American Jobs Plan.
(Timonium, MD) – Today, Congressman Ruppersberger highlighted Maryland’s urgent infrastructure needs – including more than 2,200 miles of road and 273 bridges in disrepair – that will be addressed by the Administration’s proposed “American Jobs Plan.” The $2.3 trillion investment plan will create millions of new jobs while reforming the corporate tax system to reward companies that help grow the domestic economy – offsetting costs.