Representative CA Dutch '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 2014 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Maryland Congressional Election 2014 Political Courage Test

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
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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 and take a hard, honest look at our budget priorities. Through my role as Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, I worked to significantly reduce spending within our intelligence agencies 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?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy?
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.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
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I support offshore energy production only when environmentally responsible and acceptable to affected state and municipal communities and our homeland security. The Keystone Pipeline must be done responsibly without ignoring or negating environmental laws and regulations and there must be input from state and local partners.

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 support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
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Citizens have a right to bear arms, but I support common sense efforts to protect Americans, like requiring background checks, outlawing high-capacity magazines, banning assault weapons and addressing the sale of firearms to the mentally ill.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
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The ACA has many provisions that are helping Americans, but needs to be improved.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
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I would be willing to consider 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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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
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
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasee) 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
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.