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 Unless completely repealed, sequestration will continue to have a disproportionate impact here in Maryland, which is home to many federal agencies and contractors that employee thousands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
(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.
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) and Steve Stivers (R-OH) today reintroduced legislation to strengthen a key tool used by local and state governments to finance community projects – which will be especially important as they continue to recover from the COVID-19 crisis. The “Investing in Our Communities Act” enables governments to refinance outstanding bonds for projects such as new roads, schools, hospitals and fire stations, reducing their borrowing costs and freeing up resources for other community improvements.
Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger has submitted funding requests for important community projects in Maryland's Second District to the House Appropriations Committee for Fiscal Year 2022. Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community – although only a handful may actually be funded.
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) early this morning voted in support of legislation providing an additional $1.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief funding, including an estimated $3 billion for Maryland schools, colleges and childcares as well as nearly $3.9 billion for our state and local governments. The “American Rescue Plan” passed in a vote of 219 - 212 and now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration.
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives last evening passed legislation boosting COVID-19 stimulus checks authorized in a previous relief package from $600 to $2000:
“Last night’s bipartisan vote, if upheld in the Senate, will help sustain our economy as we continue to claw our way through this worsening pandemic. It puts money into the pockets of struggling Americans and builds on the relief package signed into law by President Trump Sunday night.
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) issued the following statement after Congress passed what may be one of the largest bills in U.S. history with enough funding to keep the government running through September 2021 plus $900 billion in COVID-19 relief measures:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced the recent award of $29,859,429 for 83 projects to counter homelessness in central Maryland through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. These projects are spread throughout Baltimore City and Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Carroll, and Anne Arundel Counties.