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CA Dutch 'Dutch' Ruppersberger

Dutch Ruppersberger's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: CA Dutch 'Dutch' Ruppersberger
Office: U.S. House (MD) - District 2, Democratic
First Elected: 11/05/2002
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 2
Primary June 24, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Kay; 2 Children: Cory, Jill
Birth Date: 01/31/1946
Birth Place: Baltimore, MD
Home City: Baltimore, MD
Religion: Methodist
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Issue Positions

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Pro-choice Candidate Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dutch Ruppersberger. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Dutch Ruppersberger a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I support the tenets of Roe v. Wade. I oppose post-viability abortions except in cases where the life and health of the woman is concerned."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
Yes Candidate Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy. Other or expanded principles: "I believe we need a new strategy in Iraq. I have traveled there four times. We must require the Iraqi security forces to secure their own country. I call it my "Perimeter Plan." American forces should stop patrolling the streets of Iraq and should instead guard the perimeter. American forces would still help the Iraqis in an emergency. This will break the Iraqis of their dependence on U.S. troops. America's goal is to create a free and democratic Iraq and bring our men and women in uniform home. I believe this change in strategy will help us do that. "
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. 22 June 2011. "Ten years ago, our country was viciously attacked and 3,000 innocent men, women and children were killed on 9-11. Afghanistan and the Taliban were providing safe haven for Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist network. Together with an outraged world, America launched 'Operation Enduring Freedom' to topple terrorism and keep our country safe. We must not forget why this all started. Allied forces must continue to hold on to the progress we've made as we turn over security to Afghan forces. I am pleased that President Obama is drawing down troops in a way that gives the commanders on the ground the resources, time and flexibility they need to react to the situation in the field while also bringing our brave men and women home." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Issue Position: Intelligence. 24 October 2011. "As part of his official duties on the Intelligence Committee, Congressman Ruppersberger has traveled to countries including Libya, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan. He believes a strong strategy should be implemented to combat terrorism abroad, [and] believes a sustained, targeted campaign is essential in Afghanistan to combat the Taliban and lawlessness in tribal areas along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. CNN "State of the Union with Candy Crowley" “ Transcript. 22 May 2011. "I think what we've done in Iraq and what we hope to do in Afghanistan is build up the security, build up their military, build up their intelligence units. And I think we're just about there. Now we're going to have our intelligence people and we're going to have people on the ground there to work with them and win the hearts and minds of the people in Iraq, help them get jobs, work with them on this oil that they have so they'll have money and cash flow to help them build infrastructure in that country. So I think we've come a long way there and I think we'll be able to do what we need to do. And our intelligence will let us know. We have great intelligence, let us know if there are hotspots and problems. We'll be there to consult and assist but not with boots on the ground." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Intelligence Committee, I have traveled to Iraq many times to meet with our troops and military leaders on the frontlines and find out what they need to stay safe. I have always and will continue to support our military. I support building the Iraqi security forces so that American troops can come home. Combat troops are scheduled to depart Iraq in the coming months."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?"
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Intelligence Committee, I have traveled to Iraq many times to meet with our troops and military leaders on the frontlines and find out what they need to stay safe. I have always and will continue to support our military. I support building the Iraqi security forces so that American troops can come home. Combat troops are scheduled to depart Iraq in the coming months."
Yes Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "We must balance the need to help struggling American families with the need to reduce the federal deficit. I believe in a pay-as-you-go rule that requires Congress to offset new spending with cuts."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility and Government Reform. 28 October 2011. "Congressman Ruppersberger supports cutting the federal deficit and reducing spending: He helped pass legislation that cracks down on Pentagon waste and cost overruns in the purchase of weapons, increasing oversight and competition. He helped pass reforms to other non-weapons defense spending that will save taxpayers $27 billion each year. While he did not support every detail, Congressman Ruppersberger voted in favor of the 2010 budget because it puts more money into the pockets of consumers who can spend and invest it to grow the economy and create jobs. The budget: [¦] Cuts the deficit by two-thirds by 2013 by slowing the growth in defense spending and reducing non-defense discretionary spending. Reduces spending by ending the war in Iraq, reforms health care to reduce costs, cuts ineffective federal programs, ends tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and reforms federal contracting and defense purchasing." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "We must balance the need to help struggling American families with the need to reduce the federal deficit. I believe in a pay-as-you-go rule that requires Congress to offset new spending with cuts."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 50 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "Our fiscal situation has moved from a $230 billion dollar surplus in 2000 to a $400 billion dollar deficit in 2006. Excessive spending and tax cuts we can't afford have weakened the economic strength of our country. I believe we must adopt a pay as you rule where we only approve programs we can afford. If this deficit spending continues, I fear it will force a rise in interest rates hurting families and businesses alike."
Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Dutch Ruppersberger a rating of 5 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Education is not an expense, but an investment in the future of our young people. Particularly in these challenging economic times, education is the key to sustaining and creating jobs. I am proud to come from a family with many educators, including my grandmother, mother, wife, sister and sister-in-law and I understand how critical it is to provide all children with access to a quality, affordable education to prepare them for bright futures."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Education is not an expense, but an investment in the future of our young people. Particularly in these challenging economic times, education is the key to sustaining and creating jobs. I am proud to come from a family with many educators, including my grandmother, mother, wife, sister and sister-in-law and I understand how critical it is to provide all children with access to a quality, affordable education to prepare them for bright futures."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "Education should be everyone's priority. We need to increase the federal contribution to IDEA to fulfill the Federal gov'ts obligation in order to free up funding resources for the state and local school systems."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "We must balance the need to help struggling American families with the need to reduce the federal deficit. I believe in a pay-as-you-go rule that requires Congress to offset new spending with cuts."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "We must balance the need to help struggling American families with the need to reduce the federal deficit. I believe in a pay-as-you-go rule that requires Congress to offset new spending with cuts."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "Every child deserves a quality education. The strength of America is built on our nation's education system. "No Child Left Behind" began with bi-partisan support and was supposed to move our education system forward, but it has not been fully funded. I believe the federal government must fully fund the "No Child Left Behind Act" so states can afford to modernize schools, hire top-notch teachers, and reduce class sizes. We need to do more to provide quality pre-school, elementary, and secondary education. We have to give our children the tools to be successful both in school and in life. "
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Education is not an expense, but an investment in the future of our young people. Particularly in these challenging economic times, education is the key to sustaining and creating jobs. I am proud to come from a family with many educators, including my grandmother, mother, wife, sister and sister-in-law and I understand how critical it is to provide all children with access to a quality, affordable education to prepare them for bright futures."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Education is not an expense, but an investment in the future of our young people. Particularly in these challenging economic times, education is the key to sustaining and creating jobs. I am proud to come from a family with many educators, including my grandmother, mother, wife, sister and sister-in-law and I understand how critical it is to provide all children with access to a quality, affordable education to prepare them for bright futures."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Providing Educators the Flexibility they Need. 10 August 2011. "I was pleased to hear that the administration will soon grant states waivers for the federal education requirements under the "No Child Left Behind Act." I believe this decision will give educators the flexibility they need to respond to differences in learning style and capacity. States won't get a free pass “ they will still have to develop data-driven accountability systems to ensure they are preparing students for careers. No Child Left Behind requires 100 percent of students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014 or their schools will be penalized, including funding cuts. I worry this creates incentives to set lower expectations rather than higher. For this system to work, good standards have to be in place, but the law does not address what constitutes "good." I strongly believe that this reform is the right thing to do so that all students can achieve. This plan will enable our children to be competitive in the 21st century job market and help our economy grow." (dutch.house.gov)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Issue Position: Education. 28 October 2011. "Congressman Ruppersberger comes from a family of educators and understands the importance of providing a well-rounded education to all children in quality schools. He: Supported legislation that provided $975 billion for education programs, school repairs and school modernization. Advocates for access to preschool for all children and supports legislation to provide grants that will enable schools to provide or improve preschool programs. Supports the "No Child Left Inside Act" to require states to develop environmental literacy programs and teacher training." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Issue Position: Education. 28 October 2011. "As a representative to four jurisdictions enrolling nearly 306,288 students, Congressman Ruppersberger recognizes the importance of insisting on high expectations for student performance and even higher expectations for teaching standards. In 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This law offers many reforms to educational and Title I federal funding issues. The new standards rewrite our nation's elementary and secondary education policy, tying increased federal funding to increased accountability. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often referred to as the nation's report card, reports a substantial increase in academic achievement among elementary school students in math and reading. Unfortunately, the administration has failed to fully fund NCLB, leaving states to find the money to implement the reforms within state education budgets which are already stretched thin. In addition, many states and communities are finding that NCLB requirements are not a good fit for their student populations. They are requesting waivers from certain requirements. Congressman Ruppersberger believes that Congress should fully fund NCLB and should reform the law to give communities greater flexibility in how they implement the requirements." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
Yes Candidate Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I believe nuclear energy can be a cost-effective, safe way to provide Americans with the energy we need to power our everyday lives. I believe we must find a way to recycle the waste and keep the reactors safe and secure. We must reduce our dependence on foreign oil and unstable nations."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "I do not believe current US energy policy is adequate. I believe we must reduce our dependence on foreign oil, increase our development of alternative fuels, and diversify our energy supply to become more energy independent. In Congress, I support legislation that promotes long term solutions through technical advances to make energy cleaner, more efficient, and cheaper for all Americans. I sponsored legislation that gives valuable tax credits for Americans who drive environmentally friendly hybrid vehicles. The measure was included in the Energy bill that passed Congress in 2005."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "I do not believe current US energy policy is adequate. I believe we must reduce our dependence on foreign oil, increase our development of alternative fuels, and diversify our energy supply to become more energy independent. In Congress, I support legislation that promotes long term solutions through technical advances to make energy cleaner, more efficient, and cheaper for all Americans. I sponsored legislation that gives valuable tax credits for Americans who drive environmentally friendly hybrid vehicles. The measure was included in the Energy bill that passed Congress in 2005."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "I do not believe current US energy policy is adequate. I believe we must reduce our dependence on foreign oil, increase our development of alternative fuels, and diversify our energy supply to become more energy independent. In Congress, I support legislation that promotes long term solutions through technical advances to make energy cleaner, more efficient, and cheaper for all Americans. I sponsored legislation that gives valuable tax credits for Americans who drive environmentally friendly hybrid vehicles. The measure was included in the Energy bill that passed Congress in 2005."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I believe nuclear energy can be a cost-effective, safe way to provide Americans with the energy we need to power our everyday lives. I believe we must find a way to recycle the waste and keep the reactors safe and secure. We must reduce our dependence on foreign oil and unstable nations."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "I do not believe current US energy policy is adequate. I believe we must reduce our dependence on foreign oil, increase our development of alternative fuels, and diversify our energy supply to become more energy independent. In Congress, I support legislation that promotes long term solutions through technical advances to make energy cleaner, more efficient, and cheaper for all Americans. I sponsored legislation that gives valuable tax credits for Americans who drive environmentally friendly hybrid vehicles. The measure was included in the Energy bill that passed Congress in 2005."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I believe nuclear energy can be a cost-effective, safe way to provide Americans with the energy we need to power our everyday lives. I believe we must find a way to recycle the waste and keep the reactors safe and secure. We must reduce our dependence on foreign oil and unstable nations."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I believe nuclear energy can be a cost-effective, safe way to provide Americans with the energy we need to power our everyday lives. I believe we must find a way to recycle the waste and keep the reactors safe and secure. We must reduce our dependence on foreign oil and unstable nations."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I believe nuclear energy can be a cost-effective, safe way to provide Americans with the energy we need to power our everyday lives. I believe we must find a way to recycle the waste and keep the reactors safe and secure. We must reduce our dependence on foreign oil and unstable nations."
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Dutch Ruppersberger in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Dutch Ruppersberger in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Dutch Ruppersberger voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Dutch Ruppersberger in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Dutch Ruppersberger in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Dutch Ruppersberger in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "We need to educate and have more responsible gun owners. We need to protect our families and law enforcement officers."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "We need more responsible gun ownership and we need to protect children and look at assault weapons in light of the recent tragedies in southern Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "From my days as the Baltimore County Executive, I continue to work hand-in-hand with law enforcement to keep our families and communities safe. I support the position of law enforcement on gun control issues."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "From my days as the Baltimore County Executive, I continue to work hand-in-hand with law enforcement to keep our families and communities safe. I support the position of law enforcement on gun control issues."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "From my days as the Baltimore County Executive, I continue to work hand-in-hand with law enforcement to keep our families and communities safe. I support the position of law enforcement on gun control issues."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "From my days as the Baltimore County Executive, I continue to work hand-in-hand with law enforcement to keep our families and communities safe. I support the position of law enforcement on gun control issues."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Dutch Ruppersberger in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Dutch Ruppersberger a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Ruppersberger Joins America's Mayors and Law Enforcement Officials. 10 July 2010. "The Tiahrt Amendment handcuffs our cops, not our criminals. I support our Constitution and our second amendment right to bear arms. This is not about gun control. It is about giving our law enforcement officials the tools they need to keep our families and our communities safe. As a former investigative prosecutor, I know repealing this amendment will help them do that." (votesmart.org)
No Candidate Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "I supported the healthcare reform bill to reign in spiraling costs and provide affordable commercial insurance options for consumers and small business. While the bill is not perfect, I believe it is a good first step toward providing access to high-quality, affordable healthcare coverage to all Americans."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "I supported the healthcare reform bill to reign in spiraling costs and provide affordable commercial insurance options for consumers and small business. While the bill is not perfect, I believe it is a good first step toward providing access to high-quality, affordable healthcare coverage to all Americans."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Issue Position: Health Care. 28 October 2011. "Congressman Ruppersberger supported the health reform legislation that recently passed Congress and was signed by the President [¦] I believe we needed to act because health care costs were getting out of control. If we did nothing, health insurance premiums would continue to go up. Over the past ten years, health insurance premiums have risen an average of 131% while wages have only gone up 26% [¦] Before we passed this bill, 47 million Americans did not have health insurance -- 800,000 of those of people live in Maryland [¦] Congressman Ruppersberger would like to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable health care and the medical industry has the flexibility to grow and innovate." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Issue Position: Health Care. 28 October 2011. "Congressman believes healthcare should be affordable and accessible to as many Americans as possible. He supports innovation in healthcare and improving ways to bring doctors and patients together. Congressman Ruppersberger believes we must reign in out-of-control insurance costs, protect seniors and help businesses provide insurance to employees. In addition to advocating tort reform, he supported legislation that: Ensures the 9,900 residents in our district with pre-existing conditions like cancer, heart disease and diabetes will no longer be denied insurance coverage. Prevents your insurance company from cancelling your coverage if you get sick. Limits your annual out-of-pocket cost, prohibits lifetime limits and reduces the cost of preventive care. Allows young adults to remain on their parents' insurance policies until they turn 26. Provides free preventive and wellness care to seniors as well as half-price brand name prescription drugs. It will also reduce and eventually eliminate the donut hole in Medicare Part D. Strengthens the Medicare Trust Fund for another decade." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Message from Dutch on Health Care. 5 April 2010. "As you may know, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed legislation to reform our health care system and reign in costs that are spiraling out of control. I voted in favor of this bill because I believe it was the right thing to do. No legislation is ever perfect, but this bill met my expectations on my three top concerns -- cost, the wellbeing of seniors and young people, and protection for small business. On the issue of cost, many Americans do not realize how much their insurance premiums have increased, or how much they are paying to cover the medical care of those without health insurance. The average American family will pay $25,000 a year for health insurance premiums in 10 years if we do nothing. Who can afford that? Here in our district, this bill will help 155,000 working families and 15,100 small businesses afford health coverage. This eases the unfair burden to the 450,000 residents who do have insurance but must bear the brunt of the cost for those without." (votesmart.org)
No Candidate Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "Because the federal government has been unable to create real immigration reform, I believe border states have a right to protect themselves from the problems associated with illegal immigration. As a former prosecutor who battled drug trafficking and violent crimes in Maryland communities, I want to make sure law enforcement officials have the resources they need to defend themselves from immigration-related crimes in addition to drug trafficking and other violent offenses."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "Because the federal government has been unable to create real immigration reform, I believe border states have a right to protect themselves from the problems associated with illegal immigration. As a former prosecutor who battled drug trafficking and violent crimes in Maryland communities, I want to make sure law enforcement officials have the resources they need to defend themselves from immigration-related crimes in addition to drug trafficking and other violent offenses."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Dutch Ruppersberger voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 82 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Dutch Ruppersberger voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Charing. The Washington Blade: Ruppersberger Undecided on Marriage. 20 July 2012. "'This is very difficult for me,' Ruppersberger, a moderate five-term Democrat, said in response to a question from the Blade on his position. 'I had supported civil [unions] but there are religious issues [about marriage] that make it hard. But I also have to look at discrimination.'" (www.washingtonblade.com)
Yes Candidate Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Intelligence Committee, I have traveled to Iraq many times to meet with our troops and military leaders on the frontlines and find out what they need to stay safe. I have always and will continue to support our military. I support building the Iraqi security forces so that American troops can come home. Combat troops are scheduled to depart Iraq in the coming months."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Dialogue With the American People. 4 May 2011. "Mr. Speaker, it is an honor to serve as ranking member of the Intelligence Committee. The killing of Osama bin Laden is clearly the most monumental intelligence achievement in recent memory. It was a great day for America. Justice has now been done. But let it be known, we have shown the world that if you come after Americans, we will come after you. Even if it takes disciplined persistence by our intelligence professionals and considerable time and resources, we will get you. Let that be a warning to all members of al Qaeda and any terrorists who attack the United States. Our fight against terrorism and those who want to harm Americans is not over, but we have severely weakened al Qaeda. We will remain vigilant as we continue to work tirelessly to protect our Nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Issue Position: Terrorism. 28 October 2011. "Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger believes our best defense against another terrorist attack is good intelligence. Congressman Ruppersberger also supports transforming the Intelligence Community. He believes it will help prevent another September 11th type attack and help prevent breakdowns in intelligence similar to what happened before the Iraq War. Congressman Ruppersberger joined his Democratic colleagues on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and rolled out legislation on Thursday, April 1, 2004, that will drastically transform the Intelligence Community. The changes proposed in the Intelligence Transformation Act will improve communication, coordination, and accountability between intelligence agencies to help disrupt future terrorist attacks and prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Joint Hearing of the Senate and House Intelligence Committee - "The State of Intelligence Reform 10 Years After 9/11". 13 September 2011. "As I've said, I believe we should have an agile Intelligence Community, one that can adapt and remain ahead of nation states and bad actors. Have we learned enough? Ten years after terrorists attacked our nation do we think creatively about the next attack? And do we have enough investment in research and development to continue to remain the premiere Intelligence Community in the world? Our nation deserves nothing less." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Ruppersberger Reacts to Situation in Egypt. 11 February 2011. "President Hosni Mubarak has listened to the voices of the people and stepped down as Egypt's president. This is a historic day for Egypt and for the world. This moment of volatility and unrest is a real moment of promise for the Egyptian people when they can shape their future [¦] Egypt has been and should continue to be an important ally in the region. Our goals remain the same -- a stable Middle East, a partner in the fight against global terrorism and the protection of vital energy supplies. The future government of Egypt must support the 30-year old peace treaty with Israel." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Ruppersberger Releases Statement on Libyan Resolutions. 3 June 2011. "Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi is a ruthless terrorist who has no respect for human life. He can not be trusted. Gaddafi has killed and will continue to kill his own people. He has committed acts of terrorism against Americans and American interests. A Maryland family lost their college age daughter in the Lockerbie bombing that he masterminded. I believe there is a compelling case for the UN-lead mission in Libya. If left unchecked, Gaddafi could attack again. He must be stopped. Our highest priority must be America's national security. While I certainly agree the United States should not put boots on the ground in Libya, I did not support either of these resolutions taken up today in the House of Representatives. I believe they both unnecessarily tie the President's hands, undermine the mission and send the wrong message to our allies around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Ruppersberger Supports Iraq Supplemental. 16 March 2007. "Iraq was not a hot bed for terrorists before the war but it is now. The country has become a magnet for those who want to harm Americans and Iraqis and disrupt this new democracy. Terrorists have used Iraq against us to recruit and spread their twisted ideology worldwide but the Global War on Terror is much more than Iraq. While we are spending much of our precious resources in Iraq, we are NOT focused on fighting terrorism worldwide. We are taking our eye off the ball. We must refocus our efforts in other parts of the Middle East, Asia, South America, Africa, and other parts of the world." (votesmart.org)
No Candidate Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?" Business and Employment Issues Other or expanded principles: "When I was Baltimore County Executive, we learned that General Motor's Broening Highway facility was going to shut down, laying off hundreds of workers. Together with GM, we worked with Maryland's community college system to create programs that would retrain these workers for highly-skilled, good-paying jobs at GM's Allison Transmission plant nearby. It worked and GM later expanded Allison again to create transmissions for hybrid vehicles. To create jobs, we must retrain workers who are losing their jobs in manufacturing and other declining sectors."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maryland Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Dutch Ruppersberger signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Dutch Ruppersberger supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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Maryland Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

I support the President's plan for withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

I support eliminating any unnecessary, wasteful or duplicative spending across the federal budget (including entitlement programs).

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

In certain areas -- like transportation infrastructure -- strategic spending can promote economic growth. At this time, I support extending tax relief for the middle class.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

I support offshore energy production when environmentally responsible and acceptable to affected state and municipal communities.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

I support the right to responsibly bear arms and the position of law enforcement on gun control issues.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

The average American family currently pays more than $1,100 a year to cover healthcare for the uninsured. The mandate is about taking responsibility for your own health needs, instead of burdening others.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
YesDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

Military action should always be the last resort.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Slightly Decreasek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

I support the expiration of the Bush ax cuts for households earning $250,000 or more only.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

Creating and preserving jobs remains my top legislative priority. We must give businesses incentives and reduce needless regulations so that they can create jobs and keep them here in America. We must also reduce the federal deficit by eliminating all waste and unnecessary programs while making targeted investments, such as in education, our nation's aging infrastructure and in growth industries like manufacturing, biosciences and space. These will ensure America's economic competitiveness on the global market. Finally, we must maintain our national security, especially against emerging threats like cyber attacks. All of this must be accomplished through bipartisan cooperation.

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