Representative Dutch Ruppersberger's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (MD) - District 2, Democratic
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Dutch Ruppersberger has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Maryland Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
YesIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
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Before we balance the budget, we must replace sequestration once and for all and take an honest and hard look at our budget priorities. Through my role as Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, I worked to reduce intelligence spending without affecting their missions by prioritizing.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
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YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
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In certain areas -- like transportation infrastructure -- strategic spending can promote economic growth. We need to offer tax incentives for research and development as well as equipment purchases. At this time, I support extending tax relief for the middle class.

YesInferred Answer Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
  • Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36130/dutch-ruppersberger/#.VZLBvflViko (votesmart.org)
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
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YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
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The ACA has many provisions that are helping Americans, but needs to be improved.

NoInferred Answer Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955#.VZK65_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I would be willing to consider a narrow path to citizenship that includes, for example, language requirements, education or military service requirements and fines." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36130/dutch-ruppersberger/#.VZLBvflViko (votesmart.org)
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I support a narrow path to citizenship that includes, for example, language requirements, education or military service requirements and fines.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
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YesInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations
  • "I was in Iraq to hear directly from U.S. and Iraqi military leaders about the fight against ISIS -- to find out what's working and what's not […] My primary takeaway from the trip was that Iraq needs more resources, including manpower and helicopters. Our Special Ops are helping Iraqi forces, but they both need more support to defeat our common enemy. We must stop ISIS on their home turf so that they will not be able to attack the United States or our allies first." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1065291/ruppersberger-applauds-decision-to-send-more-troops-helicopters-into-iraq-to-fight-isis (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36130/dutch-ruppersberger/#.VZLBvflViko (votesmart.org)
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
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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?
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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
Maintain Statusc) 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
Slightly Decreasec) Small business taxes
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Increasee) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasef) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatej) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusk) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
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.

The issues that matter most are creating jobs and getting our country?s finances in order. We can create jobs by relieving businesses of onerous regulations and creating new tax incentives for growth. We can rebuild the middle class by supporting manufacturing and investing in growth industries like cybersecurity, clean energy and health innovation. We must get our fiscal house in order by eliminating wasteful government spending and prioritizing better. Our defense budget should focus on protecting our troops on the front lines and supporting our veterans back home. Domestically, we should focus on the basics: infrastructure, public safety and education.

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