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Bill Shuster's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 9, Republican
On The Ballot: Too Close To Call, Republican for U.S. House - District 9
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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. 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 2016, 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

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/582581/#.VabYvHUViko (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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/255139/#.VabY-3UViko (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

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/638166/shuster-statement-on-the-presidents-debt-plan/?search=taxes#.VabatHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://www.atr.org/current-list-taxpayer-protection-pledge-signers-a5597 (www.atr.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671338/shuster-statement-on-the-3rd-anniversary-of-the-failed-stimulus/?search=Stimulus#.Vjoj32wViko (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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/638166/shuster-statement-on-the-presidents-debt-plan/?search=taxes#.VabatHUVik (votesmart.org)
  • "More spending and big government answers to our challenges will not work. Freeing the private sector to thrive will." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/635608/#.Vabe3HUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683246/shuster-supports-full-year-payroll-tax-relief-extension-to-help-families-and-job-creators/?search=taxes#.Vabgo3UViko (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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/484861/one-year-stimulus-anniversary-365-days-and-862-billion-later-no-results-for-the-american-people/?search=tax%20cut#.VabgNXUVikp (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

  • "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." http://shuster.house.gov/education/ (shuster.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960304/house-sends-keystone-pipeline-bill-to-president/?search=Keystone#.Vabj1XUViko (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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/937042/approval-of-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=taxes#.Vabjb3UViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need increased oil production here at home, not just to keep prices down, but so we can stop sending hundreds of billions of dollars out the country every year to pay for oil happily supplied, in some cases, by our enemies. At the same time we need to expand the use of renewable and alternative energy supplies: wind, bio, geothermal, nuclear, and hydrogen technologies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/556129/issue-position-energy/?search=alternative%20energy#.Vabk3nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The Infrastructure Jobs and Energy Independence Act harnesses America's vast natural resources by allowing the safe, responsible expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration. The legislation dedicates the $2.2 to $3.7 trillion in new federal revenues from offshore energy production to create jobs, cut the deficit, invest in clean coal and nuclear technology, clean up our environment, increase renewable and alternative energy sources, and rebuild our crumbling highways and bridges." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/610707/bipartisan-energy-working-group-unveils-plan-for-job-creation-energy-independence/?search=alternative%20energy#.VabkYnUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/859136/shuster-votes-to-bring-a-dose-of-reality-to-the-epa/?search=regulation#.VafKjHUViko (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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/801184/shuster-takes-on-the-epa/?search=regulation#.VafJynUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/556131/issue-position-hunting-and-the-second-amendment/?search=gun#.VafLm3UViko (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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1009421/issue-position-second-amendment#.VjonEWwViko (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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971402/shuster-demands-answers-from-administration-on-ammo-ban/?search=gun#.VafMkXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/841014/congressman-shusters-vote-continues-fight-against-obamacare/?search=obamacare#.VafNC3UViko (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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1003108/shuster-statement-on-king-v-burwell-ruling/?search=obamacare#.VjooJGwViko (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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/854807/shuster-votes-to-protect-first-amendment-rights-and-fight-irs-abuse/?search=obamacare#.VafOD3UViko (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

  • "And the Senate bill removes Congress from the border security equation, once again handing over more of our constitutional congressional authority to the executive branch. The bill asks that the American people trust the bureaucrats in Washington to tell us that the border is secure and eliminates the ability of their duly elected representatives in Congress to vote on whether or not the border is secure. That is unacceptable to me and to the people I serve. Immigration reform must start with strict border security and end with the enforcement of our laws." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/805008/why-i-wont-support-the-senate-immigration-bill/?search=immigration#.VafPpnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The president continues searching for new ways to grant backdoor amnesty instead of working with Congress, and without border security countless immigrants will continue to see our open borders as an invitation to come into this country illegally. It is time for real solutions, and I hope that the passage of this legislation will spur the president and the Senate to act and join us in addressing this issue." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/909347/shuster-joins-house-in-passing-border-security-legislation/?search=deport#.VafOv3UViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am committed to making sure the long standing tradition of marriage being solely between a man and a woman is upheld." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/795608/shuster-disappointed-on-supreme-courts-decision-to-strike-down-doma/?search=Same-sex#.VafannUViko (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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • "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."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/538994/#.VafbgXUViko (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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/230376/#.Vafc0HUViko (votesmart.org)

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Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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