Shuster shares on politics
Bill Shuster asked that someone bring up the Marcellus Shale issue during
his question and answer session, so Franklin County Commissioner Bob Thomas
Shuster was in Greencastle Tuesday morning to speak at a Chamber of Commerce
breakfast. The crowd of 150 learned what the first couple months of 2011 in
Washington DC had been like, and what their Republican representative from
the 9th District hoped to address in the near future.
As a result of the November elections, Shuster found himself in a new place.
Though some confusion reigned in the now Republican-controlled House of
Representatives, as new electors made their way, he was optimistic
conservative change possible.
³The difference between being in a majority and a minority is night and
day,² he said at Green Grove Gardens. ³We¹ve lived up to our ŒPledge to
America¹ campaign from last year in a very short time.²
The House had voted yes to repealing Obamacare, and it was now before the
Senate. Doubtful that body would make the same statement, Shuster said
Congress would at least chip away at features and slow its implementation.
Facing a $1.6 trillion deficit, Republicans had voted to cut spending by
$650 billion, to bring it back to the 2008 level.
³We are heading down a road that cannot be sustained,² Shuster warned.
³We¹ll look like Greece, and there¹s no one to bail us out except China.²
He was assigned to several committees, including Steering, Armed Services,
Transportation, and Infrastructure, and he was working hard to address the
important issues each of them faced. In light of the financial crunch, he
said it was important to reach across the aisle to build consensus on
As to the Marcellus Shale controversy in northern and eastern Pennsylvania,
Shuster said, ³This is so important, we have to get it right.²
The state has been coined Œthe Saudi Arabia of energy¹ with its supply of
natural gas, coal and water, and he believed the development of the gas
industry would benefit even Franklin County. National and international
companies wanted to invest in Pennsylvania, but were leery because of the
uncertainty of the future tax structure. They could choose to set up
businesses in the commonwealth or in Ohio.
Shuster also commented on ways to make transportation improvements less
expensive, if the federal government would get out of the way.
With Pennsylvania losing one House seat due to redistricting after the 2010
census, he hoped the state legislature would maintain his district so he
could continue to represent his mainly rural constituents.