Bill Shuster Needs to Get Out of the Kitchen

Friday, August 30th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Issues, Obamacare

Once again, Rep. Bill Shuster (PA-9) has shown that he is not down for the struggle against Obamacare.  At a town hall meeting this week, he said, “”I’m all for defunding ObamaCare. I don’t think it’s going to prevail.”

Well, to the extent it won’t prevail it is because of people like Shuster who communicate to the Democrats that they will always blink first and surrender on the issue.  And no, he is not all for defunding.  He refused to sign the letter committing to defund Obamacare in the budget process.

At some point we must ask what the purpose of electing Republicans is if they will always reauthorize every odious piece of legislation passed under the Democrats.  We all understand that we can’t countermand every big government program that has been in place for years.  But Obamacare has still not been implemented, and it is extremely unpopular.  Now is our only chance to disrupt it.

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Jim Ryun Op-ed in USA Today: Mitch McConnell’s Dinosaur GOP can’t Fix DC

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections, News, Press

As a former conservative member of Congress, I learned that legislative battles are won or lost long before the votes are cast in Congress. If we want to win legislative battles, we have to win electoral wars first. Many of those start in primaries against establishment Republicans who have either become complicit in the endless expansion of the federal government or feckless in stopping its aggressive champions.

Over the past year, my political action committee, The Madison Project has had the opportunity to help recruit a number of conservatives who understand the gravity of our public policy problems and are willing to fight for solutions that will fundamentally restore our constitutional republic. They are committed to promoting a new standard in Washington – one in which principled leaders actually fight and win battles for conservatives. They will do whatever it takes to shrink the size of government – including filibusters against harmful legislation in the Senate or voting against rules to consider bad legislation backed by GOP leadership in the House.

Next year we will have a number of opportunities to elect these new principled Republicans – all in conservative-leaning red states. There are opportunities in Democrat-held seats in Louisiana, Arkansas, Montana, South Dakota, West Virginia, Alaska, and North Carolina. And yes, there are Republican seats in Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Wyoming and others currently being wasted on Republicans of yesteryear.

We are proud to have already made some bold endorsements this year. We backed Coast Guard veteran Art Halvorson against Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster in Pennsylvania. This is a clear race between a status quo Republican committed to the policies of meddlesome federal control versus a principled outsider committed to shrinking the size of government.

And there’s Louisville businessman Matt Bevin who’s challenging the sitting Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell. McConnell’s quiet support for backroom deals and lack of leadership to fight the legislative battles needed to move our country in the right direction, has undercut conservatives in the Senate for years. We are proud to be the first national organization to support this historic conservative insurgency to empower the grassroots over the party establishment.

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Bill Shuster Doesn’t Want to Preempt Obamacare from Taking Root

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 and is filed under Elections, Obamacare

Washington is full of spin and smokescreens.  The politicians count on the fact that their constituents are too busy with their lives to understand the legislative process.  That’s how they successfully pretend to fight for us while working behind the scenes to undermine their promises.   Nowhere is this more evident than with the fight over Obamacare.

Every Republican under the sun will rail against Obamacare when out on the campaign trail.  But we all know that there is only one way to get rid of the monstrosity before it takes root and is permanently enshrined into our welfare state like the other entitlements.  We must commit to tacking on a defund provision to any must-pass budget bill.  That is the only way to force the issue.  Anything short of that will fail because we lack the votes to pass new legislation.

Bill Shuster is another one of those phony opponents of Obamacare who sign onto defund legislation that they know will not pass, but refuse to actually commit to defunding it through the budget process – the only consequential means of disrupting the law.  This is the problem with all establishment Republicans who are tied so closely to leadership.  They will never buck the party bigwigs to actually fulfill their campaign promises.  Shuster will absolutely go along with raising the debt ceiling and funding Obamacare in the budget bill because that is what leadership will tell him to do.  He has failed to sign onto the defund letter, which already has close to 100 signatures.

Why do we single out Bill Shuster?  Because this is a conservative district where we actually have a smart, articulate tea party candidate who has a chance of winning.  Please listen to our radio ad against Bill Shuster, and help Art Halvorson spread his message of limited government and defunding Obamacare.

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Bill Shuster Receives Donation from Former Chairman of PA Democrat Party

Friday, July 12th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, News

In response to our radio ads educating voters about Shuster’s big-government voting record, Shuster is touting his fundraising success.   His spokesman told PoliticsPA that he was proud  “to have the support of hard working conservatives across the country.”  He touted his ability to raise money “from likeminded voters who are proud to stand with us to fight Obamacare, and oppose the big spending policies that have led to record debt and deficits like the stimulus, and rebuild America’s roads.”

Let’s put aside for the moment the fact that he voted 8 times to raise the debt ceiling and numerous times to fund Obamacare in appropriations bills.  He wants us to believe that “likeminded” conservatives across the country are rallying to this committee chairman, a career-politician who is the epitome of an establishment Republican.  His campaign finance report reads like a who’s who list of every special interest on K Street.

Art Halvorson, on the other hand, is committed to ending the sinkhole of federal transportation policy, which is controlled by all of Shuster’s special interests who waste state priorities on labor and environmental regulations.  There might not be a lot of money involved in supporting such a position, but it is consistent with the views of constitutional conservatives – the antithesis of special interests.

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Bill Shuster Flip Flops on Another Spending Cut

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Issues, News

Wow – what a difference a primary challenge makes.

Yesterday, conservative Rep. Tom McClintock offered an amendment to the FY 2014 appropriations bill funding the Energy Department which would cut $1.5 billion from energy subsidy programs.  If Obama has taught us anything it is that government should never distort the energy sector and pick winners and losers (usually losers) in the market.

Amazingly, Shuster voted the right way.  He didn’t join the 50% of Republicans who helped vote down this commonsense free-market spending cut.

The only problem is that when a similar amendment was proposed by Mr. McClintock to last year’s energy appropriations bill, Shuster voted against it…along with his RINO buddies.  Additionally, Mr. McClintock offered another amendment last year to eliminate the Office of Fossil Energy and save taxpayers $428 million in special interest handouts to green energy social engineering.  Shuster voted no.  In 2011, Shuster voted against cutting $3.25 billion from the Innovative Technology Loan Program, which was responsible for Solyndra and some other Obama venture socialist activities.

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Madison Project Targets Bill Shuster on Debt Ceiling Votes

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Debt

For  Immediate  Release:

July    10,   2013

Contact:  Daniel  Horowitz


Madison Project Targets Bill Shuster on Debt Ceiling Votes

Washington, DC – The Madison Project PAC today released a new radio ad holding Rep. Bill Shuster accountable for his record of voting for endless debt.  The radio ads will air throughout the Ninth Congressional District as part of our first effort to educate Republicans in the district about Bill Shuster’s liberal record in Washington.

To listen to Madison Project PAC’s new Radio Ad entitled “Endless Debt”, click here

“Like many big-government Republicans in Washington, Bill Shuster talks a good game when he is home in the district, but his voting record reflects the fiscally liberal mentality that Republican voters are trying to change,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “Bill Shuster voted to raise the debt ceiling eight times during his tenure in Washington, failing to promote any consequential means of downsizing government in return for those votes.  There is no way we will change the trajectory of perennial growth of government with people like Shuster.  That is why we were proud to announce our support for Art Halvorson last month.  Art is a man who is committed to challenging the liberal policies of both parties, including endless increases of the debt ceiling.”

To view our endorsement of Art Halvorson, click here.

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at



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Bill Shuster’s Money Can’t Buy Him Love

Monday, July 8th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections, News

We would like to congratulate Bill Shuster on his ability to raise special interest campaign cash.  For the Q2 of 2013, Shuster reported $646,785 in new funds and $916,180 cash on hand.  But all that money comes at a cost to his constituents.

There is a reason why so many special interests are donating to Bill Shuster. Instead of devolving transportation dollars to the states, Shuster supports raising the gas tax in order to fund more failed federal transportation funds that are used for wasteful handouts to unions.  This might be good for his campaign coffers, but not for motorists and consumers.

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The Power of a Primary Challenge

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Issues

Conservatives are aghast at the actions of 15 GOP senators who are hell-bent on passing immigration deform despite the thousands of calls that are flooding into their offices.  It is truly bewildering how they are putting the desires of illegal immigrants and foreign lobbies over the vast majority of Americans, especially Republican and Independent voters.  Ultimately, we have nobody to blame but ourselves.  These scoundrels simply don’t fear us because we fail to challenge them every six years when they stand for reelection.

Primary challenges work wonders.  The latest example is House T & I Committee Chairman Bill Shuster.  He has never voted against a farm bill before.  But a challenge from Art Halvorson impelled a cathartic change in this big government Republican.  Here’s a notable report from Molly Hooper:

Several key GOP incumbents already have primary contests, including Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.).

Both lawmakers were among those who bucked their GOP leadership team to oppose the farm bill last week. Shuster initially voted “yes,” then changed his mind on the House floor.

GOP incumbents representing safe districts are keenly aware they are under the microscope of influential conservative advocacy groups that “score” votes on key bills and amendments.

In addition to the final vote, Shuster made sure to vote for all the conservative amendments.  He voted to eliminate the Market Access Program, which grants corporate welfare for large producers to market their products overseas (Indian reality TV, wine tasting in Japan, etc.).  The timing is quite peculiar because he voted against an identical amendment in 2011. [Roll Call #457, 2011]

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Curing the Corker-Hoeven Syndrome

Friday, June 21st, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections

Well, it looks like Chuck Schumer has once again injected the GOP Capitulation Caucus with an acute case of the Corker-Hoeven Syndrome.  Those senators who suffer from Corker-Hoeven are gripped with an inexorable desire to gravitate towards Room 201 in Dirksen Senate Office Building for their daily marching orders.  The Corker-Hoeven Syndrome is especially contagious when the air at 317 Russell gets stale with moss-covered GOP leaders.  This is not an ailment that can be cured with Pepto-Bismol.  The only panacea is competition in GOP primaries.

At the root of conservative philosophy is the confidence in the efficiency of the marketplace.  We understand that the more choice and competition that exists in a given field, the better the product or service will be for consumers.  Yet when it comes to electing Republicans to Congress, there is no competition.  Every 6 years we rubber stamp the reelection of red state losers like Bob Corker, only to be abused for another 6 years at the hands of Chuck Schumer.

In the few instances when we have competitive primaries, the Corker-Hoeven syndrome all but disappears.  For example, when Orrin Hatch was challenged in his primary last year, he had a clean bill of health all year.  He was never seen anywhere near 201 Dirksen. [Unfortunately, he has experienced a relapse since winning reelection.]  More recently, Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the T & I Committee, drew a primary challenger, Art Halvorson.  For the first time, he actually voted against the farm bill and supported conservative amendments that he previously voted against.  No Corker-Hoeven to be found here.

While we still have time until the 2014 general elections, the primaries are beginning now.  There are 14 Republican senators up for reelection, most of whom are infected with Corker-Hoeven, yet we only have potential primary challengers for a few of them.  There are scores of House members that will just coast to reelection and continue suffering from Corker-Hoeven if we don’t inject some competition into their sphere.

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36 Republicans Side With Big Labor on Davis-Bacon

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections, News

Earlier today, the House commenced the annual appropriators process when members began voting on amendments to the FY 2014 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs appropriators bill.  Rep. Steve King offered an amendment which would have barred the use of funds in the bill to enforce Davis Bacon Act prevailing wage requirements.  Davis-Bacon mandates that federal government contractors pay prevailing union-level wages for work on federally funded projects.  This law discriminates against non-union firms and costs taxpayers 22% for each project.  The amendment was defeated as 36 Republicans joined with every Democrat to side with Big Labor against the taxpayers.

One would think that all Republicans would realize that not only do labor unions want to destroy the economy; they want to destroy the Republican Party. It’s incomprehensible why Republicans would want to offer handouts to those who bankroll the Democrat Party.

Here is a list of the members who voted against defunding Davis-Bacon.  The so-called conservative, Paul Ryan, was among the Big Labor Republicans.  Bonus fact: Bill Shuster (PA-9) represents the most conservative district of those who sided with the labor unions.  We’re proud to be the first organization to endorse Art Halvorson against him in next year’s primary:

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