House Appropriations Committee
In 2015, Congressman Ruppersberger resumed his post on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for writing the laws that fund the federal government's many responsibilities. Congressman Ruppersberger serves on both the Defense and the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs subcommittees.
These assignments are ideal match-ups for the Second District, which is home to Fort Meade, Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay, NSA, the Federal Cyber Command and many intelligence and defense agencies and contractors that employ hundreds of thousands of Marylanders. Congressman Ruppersberger's district is the cybersecurity capital of the world.
On the Committee, Congressman Ruppersberger is focused on supporting services and investments critical to American families, defeating divisive ideological policy riders and preventing another government shutdown. In a difficult economy, Congressman Ruppersberger believes we have to do more with less, and thinks that job creation, rebuilding our nation's infrastructure, education and keeping our nation safe and secure should be our top funding priorities.
Upon resuming his post on the committee, Congressman Ruppersberger said he believes that Appropriators, "share a tremendous responsibility to allocate precious tax dollars as efficiently as possible. This is a responsibility I take seriously.”
Previous Assignment: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Congressman Ruppersberger was the first Democratic freshman ever to be appointed to the House Select Committee on Intelligence. The committee oversees the collection and analysis of intelligence information from all around the world to ensure our national security and prevent potential crisis situations — especially terrorist activity.
Congressman Ruppersberger was named Ranking Member of the Intelligence Committee in 2011. As Ranking Member, Congressman Ruppersberger was the senior-most member from the minority party and placed him on the elite “Gang of Eight,” which refers to the four top members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees along with the Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, House Speaker and House Minority Leader. By law, the President must keep the Gang of Eight informed on our country’s most secret intelligence activities to maintain proper oversight.
It is important for the nation to have a robust intelligence capability and to have an effective oversight process to ensure that intelligence resources are not misused. Intelligence operations and law enforcement activities are governed by laws which are not in all cases the same. Ensuring that these laws are followed is a key component of Congress' oversight responsibilities and was the primary reason for the creation of the congressional intelligence committees. The sensitive nature of intelligence requires that its budget receive extra Congressional scrutiny.
Congressman Ruppersberger previously chaired the Technical and Tactical Intelligence Subcommittee, overseeing the country’s space program, cybersecurity and signal intelligence agencies– for four years. He also serverd on the Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis, and Counterintelligence Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
Other Previous Committee Assignments
Armed Services Committee
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
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Ruppersberger is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Ruppersberger has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
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A. Dutch Ruppersberger sits on the following committees:
Ruppersberger was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Ruppersberger sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (36%)Public Lands and Natural Resources (27%)Armed Forces and National Security (18%)Health (18%)
Some of Ruppersberger’s most recently sponsored bills include...
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|Ruppersberger’s Vote||Vote Description|
|Aye||H.Res. 937: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (S. 2943) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for military activities of the Department ...|
Dec 1, 2016. Passed 277/139.
|No||H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act|
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
|Aye||H.R. 2596: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016|
Jun 16, 2015. Passed 247/178.
The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (IAA), H.R. 2596, was passed by the House on June 16. The IAA would authorize funding for intelligence-related agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was passed ...
|Yea||H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015|
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
|Yea||H.R. 622: State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015|
Apr 16, 2015. Passed 272/152.
|Aye||H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015|
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
|Yea||H.R. 4745 (113th): Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015|
Jun 10, 2014. Passed 229/192.
|Yea||H.R. 2354 (112th): Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012|
Jul 15, 2011. Passed 219/196.
|Aye||H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act|
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
|Nay||H.R. 4154 (111th): Permanent Estate Tax Relief for Families, Farmers, and Small Businesses Act of 2009|
Dec 3, 2009. Passed 225/200.
From Jan 2003 to Mar 2018, Ruppersberger missed 471 of 10,912 roll call votes, which is 4.3%. This is worse than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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A. Dutch Ruppersberger is pronounced:
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