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 Unless completely repealed, sequestration will continue to have a disproportionate impact here in Maryland, which is home to many federal agencies and contractors that employee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

Jun 17, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, DC) — Baltimore's Congressional delegation including Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger have sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Brandon Lipps asking USDA to investigate the withdrawal of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for vendors in Baltimore’s historic Lexington Market.  Lexington Market has served as a public market since 1782 and is the oldest of its kind in the country.

May 22, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and his colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee have passed two bills funding key investments to the Chesapeake Bay, including a historic $85 million for the Chesapeake Bay Program once slated for the chopping block.
May 20, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) and Steve Stivers (R-OH) along with fellow members of the House Municipal Finance Caucus have introduced legislation to strengthen a key tool used by local and state governments to finance new roads, schools, hospitals, fire stations and other public infrastructure projects. The “Investing in Our Communities Act” will enable governments to refinance outstanding bonds for such projects, reducing their borrowing costs and freeing up resources for other community improvements.
May 9, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – In their third full committee markup of the fiscal 2020 budget process, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and his colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee today passed legislation funding improvements to military facilities and housing as well as veterans benefits and services. The committee marked up the $108 billion Military Construction-Veterans Affairs bill, providing $10 billion over 2019 spending levels.
May 8, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – In their first full committee markup of the fiscal 2020 budget process, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and his colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee today passed a bill funding critical programs that impact Americans throughout their lifespan, from Early Head Start to Social Security. The committee marked up the $190 billion Labor-Health and Human Services–Education bill, providing $11.8 billion over 2019 spending levels and $47.8 billion over President Trump’s request.
May 1, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – The members of Maryland’s congressional delegation yesterday hosted a discussion with U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham and other experts to explore Maryland’s readiness for the 2020 count. 

Feb 14, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today voted in support of H.J. Res 31, which funds seven appropriations bills for the rest of the year and prevents another government shutdown. The legislation, which is the product of a bipartisan, bicameral Conference Committee agreement, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 300 to 128. Congressman Ruppersberger issued the following statement:
Jan 16, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger voted for a seventh time on legislation that would end the partial government shutdown and provide relief for the 800,000 Americans who are either furloughed or working without pay. Legislation considered in the House of Representatives yesterday would have funded the government until February 1, providing President Trump and Congressional leaders time to reach a compromise on border security funding without holding unrelated federal agencies hostage.

Jan 9, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger voted to pass legislation funding the U.S. Department of the Treasury and IRS for fiscal year 2019 to remove all doubt that hard-working Marylanders will receive their tax refunds in full and on time.  Each year, about 2.35 million Maryland households receive an average tax return of about $2,860, which will remain in jeopardy as long as President Trump and Senate Republicans refuse to end the partial government shutdown and fully re-open the IRS.

Jan 3, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Hours after being sworn into his ninth term representing Maryland’s Second District in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger tonight voted in support of legislation to end the government shutdown – now heading into its third week – and to provide 30 days to negotiate border security funding levels. He issued the following statement: