Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bill Shuster

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman – 113th Congress

Bill Shuster

Congressman                            9th District, Pennsylvania           Republican
Elected May, 2001

Armed Services
Transportation and Infrastructure

Ratings for 2010:

ADA    Americans for Democratic Action                                                      0
            Liberal:             less defense spending   
                                      protect civil liberties, human rights

ACLU  American Civil Liberties Union                                                        13
            Protect individuals from legal infringements on rights

AFS     American Federation of Government Employees                           0       
            Liberal labor

LCV    League of Conservation Voters                                                          0
            Pro-environmental protection

ITIC     Information Technology Industry Council                                          33
            Promote electronic commerce and innovation

NTU    National Taxpayers Union                                                                 88
            Pro-taxpayer rights

COC    US Chamber of Commerce                                                            88

ACU    American Conservative Union                                                      100
            Conservative:    foreign policy
                                       social and budget issues

CFG    Club for Growth                                                                                 84
            Pro-tax limitation

FRC     Family Research Council                                                             100
            Conservative:    promotes marriage and family
                                       oppose abortion

Votes in 111th Congress:           2009 - 2010

No       Overturn Ledbetter
            Extend statute of limitations in pay discrimination
No       $820 billion stimulus   
            Funds to revive U.S. economy
Yes      Let guns in national parks
            Permit people carrying guns in parks
No       Cap and Trade
            Industry measure to reduce greenhouse gases               
Yes      Bar federal abortion funds
            No federal funds for health plans covering abortion
No       Health Care Bill
            Provides insurance for people without health insurance              
No       Financial Firm Regulation
            Regulations on financial services firms
No       Pass tax cuts for some
            Bush era tax cuts to continue for incomes under $250,000
Yes      Stop detainee transfers
            Prohibit defense funds used to transfer detainees to U.S. facilities                      
No       Legalize Immigrants’ Kids
            Give children of illegal parents path to legal status
No       Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
            Lift ban on openly gay people in military           
No       Limit Campaign Funds
            Requires sponsors of campaign ads to identify themselves

Year                 Candidate                     Vote                                         Campaign Chest

2010                Bill Shuster (R)            141,904  73%                             852,099
                        Tom Conners (D)           52,322  27

2008                Bill Shuster (R)          174,951  64%                               979,174
                        Tony Barr (D)                98,735  36                                    47,417

2006                Bill Shuster (R)           121,069  60%                           1,168,741
                         Tony Barr (D)                79,610  40                                    60,019
2004                Bill Shuster (R)           184,320  69%                          1,217,650
                         Paul Politis (D)             80,787  30                                  15,810

2004 primary    Bill Shuster (R)           43,097  51%
                           M. DelGrosso (R)      40,845  49
2002                Bill Shuster (R)          124,184  71%                          1,099,169
                        John Henry (D)             50,559  29                                     8,723

2002 primary    Bill Shuster (R)          33,538  74%
                           David Keller (R)           6,319  14
                           David Bahr (R)             5,457  12

2001 special     Bill Shuster (R)             55,670  52%
                            Scott Conklin (D)           47,220  44
                            Alanna Hartzok (Grn)       4,437    4
                           Grn      Green Party

Population 2010:                      666,810
Change since 2000:                    up 3.1%

Urban:                                      41%
Rural:                                       59

Median Age:                             41 years
Over 65:                                   17%
Under 18:                                 22

High School Graduate:              85%
College Graduate:                     16
Graduate Degree:                       6

Median Income:                          43,763
Median Home Value:                122,500                      

Private Employment:                 79%
Government Employment:         13
Self Employed:                             8
Blue Collar:                              31
White Collar:                            51

White:                                      94%
Black:                                         2
Hispanic:                                    2
Asian                                          1

2008 Presidential Vote:
John McCain (R) -                   176,023           63%
Barack Obama (D) -                  98,430           35

2004 Presidential Vote:
George W. Bush (R) -            183,717           67%
John Kerry (D) -                        89,208           33

Bill Shuster's Voting History

Votes in 110th Congress:           2007 – 2008

No       Increase Minimum Wage
            Raise minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour
No       Expand SCHIP
            Expand State Children’s Health Insurance Program
No       Raise CAFE Standards
            Increase fuel efficiency to 35 mpg by 2020
Yes      Bail Out Financial Markets
            $700 billion to bail out financial industry
Yes      Share Immigration Data
            Bar funds to governments refusing to share immigration information
Yes      Foreign Aid Abortion Ban
            Bar funds for abortions in foreign aid programs
No       Ban Gay Bias in Workplace
            Prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation
Yes      Repeal DC Gun Law
            Repeal local prohibition of firearms
No       Withdraw Troops 8/08
            Requires withdrawal of troops by August, 2008
No       No Operations in Iraq
            Bar military funds for contingency operations in Iraq
Yes      Free Trade with Peru
            Implement free trade agreement with Peru
Yes      Overhaul FISA
            Overhaul Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Votes in 109th Congress:           2005 – 2006

Yes      Estate Tax Repeal
            Permanently repeal federal estate and gift taxes
Yes      Limit CAFE standards
            Less stringent auto fuel efficiency standards
Yes      FY06 Spending Curb
            Curb federal entitlement spending
Yes      Drilling in ANWR
            Oil and gas leases for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Yes      Limit Interstate Abortion
            No minors across state lines for abortions without parental consent
Yes      Extend Patriot Act
            Reauthorize USA Patriot Act expanding law enforcement authority
Yes      Bar Same Sex Marriage
            Amend Constitution to define marriage as between man and woman
No       Stem Cell Research Funds
            Override veto to fund embryonic stem cell research
Yes      Build Border Fence
            700 miles of fencing along border with Mexico
Yes      CAFTA
            Approve Central American Free Trade Agreement
Yes      Oppose Iraq Withdrawal
            Oppose setting date for withdrawal of US forces from Iraq
Yes      Detainee Tribunals
            Create military tribunals to try detainees
Votes in 108th Congress:           2003 – 2004

Yes      Drilling in ANWR
            Permit oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Yes      Approve Bush Tax Cuts
            Reduce taxes by $350 billion through 2013
Yes      Medicare/Rx Bill
            Medicare prescription drug legislation
*          Bar Overtime Pay Regulations
            Oppose federal overtime pay regulations
Yes      DC School Vouchers
            Funds for private schools in DC
Yes      Ban Human Cloning
            Criminal sanctions for human cloning
Yes      Restrict Gun Liability
            Restrict liability lawsuits against gun manufacturers, sellers
Yes      Ban Partial Birth Abortion
            Criminal sanctions for “partial birth” abortions
Yes      Ban Same-Sex Marriage
            Amend Constitution to ban same-sex marriage
Yes      Fund Iraq War
            Approve appropriations for U.S. military operations in Iraq
No       Bar Cuba Embargo Funds
            Prohibit funds to enforce economic embargo of Cuba
Yes      Intelligence Reorganization
            Reorganize intelligence agencies; create national director

*          Absent

Votes in 107th Congress:           2001 – 2002

Yes      Approve Bush Tax Cuts
            $1.35 trillion in tax cuts
Yes      Limit Patients’ Bill of Rights
            Limit non-economic damages in liability awards
No       Campaign Finance Reform
            Eliminate most uses of soft money; limit pre-election advertising
No       Ban ANWR Development
            Protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil development
Yes      Faith Based Charities
            Federal incentives for religious social services
Yes      Bar Gays in the Boy Scouts
            Do not enforce anti-discrimination rulings against Boy Scouts
Yes      Ban Partial Birth Abortions
            Criminal penalties for “partial birth” abortions
Yes      Arm Commercial Pilots
            Commercial pilots able to carry fire arms in flight
Yes      Trade Promotion Authority
            Authority for president to negotiate international trade agreements
Yes      Bar Funds for International Court
            No federal funds for International Criminal Court
Yes      Authorize Force in Iraq
            Authorizes U.S. military force in Iraq
Yes      Deny Home Security Department Union
            Deny employees of Homeland Security from joining union

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