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 Unless completely repealed, sequestration will continue to have a disproportionate impact here in Maryland, which is home to many federal agencies and contractors that employee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

Dec 21, 2017 Press Release

(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.

Dec 19, 2017 Press Release

(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.

Nov 16, 2017 Press Release

(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.

Oct 30, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today announced legislation designed to promote transparency and regrow the middle class as the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to consider massive tax reform measures in the coming weeks. The Trump Administration has proposed a reform package that is expected to reduce taxes for the country’s wealthiest citizens, according to nonpartisan budget experts.

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.