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 Unless completely repealed, sequestration will continue to have a disproportionate impact here in Maryland, which is home to many federal agencies and contractors that employee thousands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.
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(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Defense Appropriator Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger supported the $674.6 billion Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill that passed the House of Representatives in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote. The bill funds a 2.6 percent pay raise for troops, restores force readiness, promotes modernization and innovation and increases the end-strength of our Active Duty and Guard/Reserve forces by 16,400.
(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. House of Representatives Appropriator Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger issued the following statement on the $1.3 trillion Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2018, which passed today in a 256-167 vote.
Ruppersberger is former Baltimore County Executive and Council Member
(Washington, DC) — U.S. Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today accepted the 2018 President’s Award from the National League of Cities (NLC) before more than 2,000 mayors, city council and county council members from across the country. Ruppersberger and Congressman Randy Hultgren, an Illinois Republican, were selected for their bipartisan work protecting critical financing tools used for local infrastructure projects.
(Washington, DC) — U.S. Representatives Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Randy Hultgren introduced legislation to help state and local governments take advantage of low interest rates to build essential infrastructure projects. The bill restores the tax exemption for advance refunding bonds that was repealed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress in December.
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger this morning issued the following statement after voting in support of the budget agreement that ended another government shutdown. The bill increases statutory spending caps and enables the Appropriations Committee to move forward with writing responsible spending bills.
“Finally, Congress has passed a long-term budget agreement that lifts the spending caps that have jeopardized both our national security as well as the economic security of American families.
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) tonight voted in support of a Continuing Resolution (CR) that re-opens the government and funds its operations through February 8. He issued the following statement:
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement on the government shutdown:
“When one party has control of the House, the Senate, and the White House, you would expect that it would be easy to keep the government open. I am disheartened and frustrated that it has come to this.
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after voting against a short-term Continuing Resolution:
"Today, I made the difficult decision to vote against a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government. This is something I have done only rarely throughout my time in Congress and reflects the irresponsibility of the bill place before us today.
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
“This bill was a missed opportunity to provide meaningful tax relief for American families.
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill passed the House of Representatives 227 – 205 in a party-line vote.
“Since last November, I have listened with hope to President Trump and Congressional Republicans’ promises for real tax reform. The goal of a simple and modern tax code focused on rebuilding the middle class is one that I share with many of my constituents and colleagues in Congress.