Ruppersberger Receives 3rd Consecutive Award for Efforts to Help Working Families
Ruppersberger recognized for pro-family voting record, office policies
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today received the “Best of Congress” award from Working Mother Media and Corporate Voices for Working Families for his advocacy on behalf of working American families. Ruppersberger was among 30 Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle selected for their family-friendly voting record and constituent casework efforts as well as their own employment policies within their Congressional offices.
This is Congressman Ruppersberger’s third consecutive “Best of Congress” award.
“Especially during these difficult times, we must do everything we can to help families struggling to make ends meet, whether it’s improving access to quality, affordable child care or preventing a foreclosure,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “I am proud of my record on behalf of working parents in my district, on my own staff and across the country.”
Congressman Ruppersberger was selected for supporting families in his district as well as championing legislation that helps Americans manage a good work-life balance. Among his signature bills is the “Right Start Child Care and Education Act,” which will increase the tax credit for employers who provide child care facilities in the workplace. The bill also increases the child care tax credit to encourage greater use of quality child care services and provides incentives for students to earn child care-related degrees to work in child care facilities.
Lawmakers were asked to submit employment practices within their own offices. Congressman Ruppersberger’s employees receive generous paid sick, annual and maternity/paternity leave benefits as well as flexible work-life options such as telecommuting. He is proud to say that his staff is 82 percent female, with four out of four leadership roles filled by women. He currently employs three staffers who are pursing degrees or advanced degrees and one who is serving in the U.S. Coast Guard.