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Bill Shuster's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Bill Shuster has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2016.

  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (votesmart.org)
  • "I applaud the Supreme Court's decision today and recognize it as a tremendous victory for the pro-life movement and especially; the most vulnerable of our society, the unborn children we strive to protect." (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that life begins at conception and should be protected at all stages. To this end, I have been proactive in supporting legislation which protects the most vulnerable in our society." (votesmart.org)
  • “I have long said that Washington doesn't have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. During his time in office, President Obama along with a Democrat controlled Congress added over $4 trillion in new spending. Now, he is proposing a debt plan that will raise $3 dollars in taxes for every $1 in spending cuts to pay for so-called debt reduction. All the while, his plan continues to avoid the real threats to America's future: the need to control entitlement growth and the dangerous effects of his health care reform law.” (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating, "I, Bill Shuster, pledge to the taxpayers of the 9th district of the state of Pennsylvania and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (www.atr.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "More spending and big government answers to our challenges will not work. Freeing the private sector to thrive will." (votesmart.org)
  • “I have long said that Washington doesn't have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. During his time in office, President Obama along with a Democrat controlled Congress added over $4 trillion in new spending. Now, he is proposing a debt plan that will raise $3 dollars in taxes for every $1 in spending cuts to pay for so-called debt reduction. All the while, his plan continues to avoid the real threats to America's future: the need to control entitlement growth and the dangerous effects of his health care reform law.” (votesmart.org)
  • “Three years ago, President Obama unveiled a stimulus package that was focused heavily on improvements to our infrastructure to create 'shovel ready jobs.' […] The President's stimulus has failed on all fronts.” (votesmart.org)
  • "Just days ago, the House voted to extend payroll tax relief and unemployment insurance for a full year just as the President wanted and the American people demanded. The Senate failed to see it through and instead passed a two-month extension that essentially kicked the can down the road.” (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015” (votesmart.org)
  • “The President and congressional Democrats squandered an opportunity for a targeted stimulusprogram that should have been focused around a mixture of tax cuts and infrastructureinvestments. What the American people got instead was a near trillion dollar grab-bag of biggovernment social spending and pet projects from the political left.” (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Keystone will create tens of thousands of jobs in America, will strengthen our energy independence, and will only help improve energy costs, all without costing taxpayers a dime. This is an opportunity for the President to listen to the American people, who support this project; listen to labor groups and the 3 million workers they represent, who support this project; listen to his own State and Transportation Departments, which have said this project would be the safest pipeline ever built and would have no significant impact on the environment.” (votesmart.org)
  • “Pipelines are the energy lifelines that power nearly all of our daily activities. Pipelines are a very safe and cost-effective means to transport the products that fuel our economy. In fact, pipelines today supply more than two-thirds of the energy used in the United States. The Keystone XL project will be a critical addition to this extensive network, increasing our Nation's supply of oil and, thus, helping to reduce the cost of oil.” (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • “With each passing year, the EPA seems to drift further and further away from reality in the regulations they are producing. The new rules being proposed have no connection to what is realistically possible with today's technology, and the result has been shuttered power plants and people without jobs. The president is using the EPA as his personal weapon in the war on coal, and it is hurting Pennsylvania businesses and families." (votesmart.org)
  • “In recent years, the EPA has overstepped its authority and has been legislating via regulation. Just a few weeks ago, it was announced that two coal-fired plants in southwestern Pennsylvania would close down due to the overwhelming cost of complying with the EPA's ever expanding regulations. These are good, clean plants and their closures are a major blow to the region." (votesmart.org)
  • "This type of unnecessary and unwarranted attack on the Second Amendment is troubling to the millions of lawful gun owners across the country. I joined with over 200 like-minded members of Congress demanding an answer from the BATFE on how they came to this misguided decision, while also outlining the severe problems with their proposal." (votesmart.org)
  • “I firmly believe that the right to bear arms is one of the most basic rights we have as American citizens. That was what the Founding Fathers believed, and they forever protected it with the Second Amendment.” (votesmart.org)
  • “Like many of us, I celebrated when the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that the Second Amendment to the Constitution means exactly what it says: that we have an individual right to own a gun for sporting purposes, protection, or any lawful purpose. The Court properly, in my view, struck down the ban on gun ownership in the District of Columbia.” (votesmart.org)
  • “From the moment Obamacare was rammed through a Democrat-controlled Congress without a single Republican vote, to its enactment, one thing has been clear- Obamacare would have negative consequences for individuals, families, and small businesses in every area of the country.” (votesmart.org)
  • “Over the past few weeks, we have seen a disastrous rollout of the healthcare.gov website and incredibly low enrollment proving over and again that Obamacare is not what people want." (votesmart.org)
  • "The American people can no longer trust that the IRS will do its job in a fair and impartial way. That is why I introduced my own bill, H.R. 2125, the NO IRS Implementation of Obamacare Act that would prevent the IRS from enforcing the health care law and defund Obamacare. My bill, along with today's Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act, send a strong message that this sort of overreach has no place in our democracy. I fully intend to continue this fight, and will not stop working on behalf of my constituents until we've brought accountability and transparency back to Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign (votesmart.org)
  • "I am committed to making sure the long standing tradition of marriage being solely between a man and a woman is upheld.” (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Nobody on our side of the aisle wants to privatize Social Security. But we have to look at innovative ways to be able to keep Social Security viable […] Looking at the railroad retirement system is a potential solution to Social Security. And again, it's not privatizing. It's taking a small portion of it and investing it in different ways." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 9% by Alliance of Retired Americans (votesmart.org)
  • "Control spending and reform entitlements. Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, we have got to look at reforming them. That doesn't mean cutting benefits. That doesn't mean necessarily increasing taxes. It means looking at ways to better provide those services so that we are not wasting as much money in the entitlement programs." (votesmart.org)

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