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Shuster to run for re-election

January 21, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. ? Economic and military security, energy independence and federal spending were themes U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster touched on Monday in formally announcing his bid for re-election in the Ninth District.

"I believe I know what's on the minds of the people of the Ninth Congressional District," the Republican said. "I know the people want economic security. They want a brighter future for their children. They want to be able to have a job and to be able to have a nice home."

Elected in 2001 following the retirement of his father, Bud Shuster, Shuster said he will fight any efforts by a Democratically-controlled Congress or White House to raise taxes.

"About 14 times, they tried to increase taxes on American business and the American family, and that's something we've been able to, at this point, stop," Shuster said. "It's been no surprise to me and no surprise to the people of the Ninth Congressional District that that's what the liberals will do if they get control in Washington."

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Congress has failed in the past seven years to have an impact on the nation's dependence on foreign oil, Shuster said. Washington has stood in the way of industry exploring for new domestic sources of oil and natural gas, while also not doing enough to encourage development of alternate forms of energy, he said.

Shuster says surge is working in Iraq

Republicans lost control of both the U.S. House and Senate in 2006, with the war in Iraq and federal spending being two issues that hurt the GOP, Shuster said. Regarding the war, he said the surge is working in Iraq and even the leading Democratic contenders for the presidency, Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama, no longer call for an immediate withdrawal.

"The folks of the Ninth Congressional District also want the federal government not to be spending recklessly," Shuster said. "They want the budget in Washington to be treated just like a family budget is."

At the same time, Shuster offered no apologies for earmarks, appropriations members of Congress get for specific projects in their districts.

Better to have elected officials make the decisions on how money is spent than a "nameless bureaucrat" in Washington, he said. The representative listed a number of local projects he supports, such as efforts to widen Interstate 81 and add another exit in the Chambersburg area.

"We've got to be prepared to accept these companies that want to locate here," he said of the need for improved transportation.

While the nation might be heading toward a recession, Shuster said there appears to be bipartisan agreement in Washington on the need for a short-term economic stimulus package.

Shuster's opponent in the 2006 election, Democrat Tony Barr, previously announced his candidacy for the seat.

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