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Bill Shuster's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 9, Republican
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Bill Shuster has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Bill Shuster is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Shuster. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Bill Shuster voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Bill Shuster a rating of 20 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Bill Shuster voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Bill Shuster voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Bill Shuster in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Bill Shuster voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Bill Shuster voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Bill Shuster voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Bill Shuster voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Bill Shuster in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. 18 April 2007. "Today's decision by the Supreme Court reaffirms the belief held by a majority of Americans that partial birth abortion is a barbaric procedure that borders on infanticide. This horrendous procedure was banned by Congress through the will of the people. Today, the Supreme Court upheld its role as the arbiter of the Constitution and with its decision reaffirmed the integrity of the legislative process. 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)
  • Bill Shuster. Issue Position: Family Values. 1 January 2011. "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)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Shuster signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "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." (atr.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 88 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Bill Shuster voted NA on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Shuster. The Shuster Standard “ August 2011. 31 August 2011. "More spending and big government answers to our challenges will not work. Freeing the private sector to thrive will." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Bill Shuster voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Bill Shuster a rating of 84 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Bill Shuster voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. Focus On Creating Jobs. 21 July 2009. "It's clear the Democrats' trillion-dollar stimulus package isn't working, and their response is to increase spending in the appropriations process by 12 percent, pass a national energy tax that's going to result in increased energy costs, less competitiveness for American jobs, and drive jobs from American shores." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. It's Time to Stop Reckless Spending in Congress. 1 April 2009. "In times of economic stress, families throughout the 9th district do what families do everywhere. They look for ways to save money, cut expenses and do more with less. We should expect nothing less from our government." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. Jobs Numbers Underscore Urgent Need for Shift in Policy. 2 September 2011. "If President Obama and his colleagues in the Senate are serious about fixing our economy, they should listen to the job creators in America who repeatedly tell me they want a stop to spending, needless regulation and strangling debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. Shuster Applauds Final Passage of Economic Stimulus Plan. 7 February 2008. "Liberals like Speaker Pelosi and her friends in and out of Congress wrongly believe we can tax and spend our way to economic prosperity. This is not so." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. Shuster: May Jobs Report Proves President's Policies are Failing America. 3 June 2011. "After billions of dollars in bailouts and stimulus spending all we have to show for it is a staggering $14.3 trillion debt, 9.1 percent unemployment and a nation at the end of its credit limit." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Shuster. Issues: Education. Access 1 October 2012. "One of the best ways to ensure that we are succeeding in education is to make sure our children all learn at grade level. To accomplish this, Congress should set strong and innovative standards for our schools to achieve. There is no one ˜silver bullet' solution to our education problems. Instead, it will require constant monitoring and attention to ensure that our schools are improving the lives of our children. For that reason, I will continue to meet with teachers and administrators across the 9th district to get their take on education reform and how the system can be improved for our children and young adults." (shuster.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Shuster. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bill Shuster voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Bill Shuster voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of Environment America 33 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Shuster. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Bill Shuster voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Bill Shuster a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Bill Shuster voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Bill Shuster in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Bill Shuster voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. District of Columbia Personal Protection Act. 29 September 2004. "So it is time to give them the right to defend their lives, their personal property. Congress must take action and give that second amendment right back to the law-abiding citizens of Washington, D.C." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. Issue Position: Hunting and the Second Amendment. 27 October 2011. "The Court properly, in my view, struck down the ban on gun ownership in the District of Columbia. A ban that did absolutely nothing to reduce crime in the District, in fact, all it did was keep the lawful and innocent from protecting themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. Press Release “ Shuster Supports Pro-Gun Legislation that Protects 2nd Amendment. 25 September 2006. "Far too often law-abiding citizens are not extended their full rights to gun-ownership, they are given no recourse to rectify the situation. This bill gives citizens the ability to have an appeal hearing if they are unfairly turned down for a gun permit." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. Shuster Statement on Landmark Supreme Court Decision on. 26 June 2008. "For decades, the Second Amendment has been attacked by elitist special interest groups and politicians who considered gun owners to be 'bitter' and marginalized them as second class citizens. Today, those opponents were silenced when the Court rightly decided in a 5-4 decision that the Second Amendment is a fundamental right as vital as the right to free speech and our freedom of assembly." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Shuster. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Bill Shuster voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Shuster. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Bill Shuster voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Bill Shuster in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Bill Shuster in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Bill Shuster voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. Immigration Reform Badly Needed. 20 September 2005. "After meeting with ICE and reviewing the timeline they provided, I believe there is a tremendous amount of change needed to our immigration system," said Shuster. "Its focus should be preventing individuals from entering this country illegally and simultaneously ensuring their immediate deportation if determined illegal - period. Too often our law enforcement and immigration courts have their hands tied leaving them unable to effectively remove illegal aliens from our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. Shuster Opposes Senate Amnesty Bill. 18 May 2007. "I am strongly opposed the Kennedy immigration plan introduced in the Senate. This legislation is nothing more than amnesty for over 20 million illegal aliens already in our country. This proposal legitimizes law breakers and undermines the very idea of national sovereignty." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. The People Have Spoken: Amnesty Breaks Down in Senate. 28 June 2007. "Congress must focus on enforcing existing immigration laws, improving border security and identifying and deporting illegal and criminal aliens." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Bill Shuster in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Bill Shuster in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Bill Shuster voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Bill Shuster voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Bill Shuster voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Shuster. The Shuster Standard for May 2011. 8 May 2011. "While bin Laden's death is unquestionably a major step in our battle against Islamic terrorism, we remain under threat from Islamic extremism from al Qaeda and its affiliates in Yemen and Africa. We must continue to be vigilant and deny them the opportunity to threaten the United States." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Bill Shuster supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Shuster. Countdown To Tax Increase. 5 February 2007. "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)
  • Bill Shuster. Supporting Railroad Retirement Day. 20 July 2010. "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)

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