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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 3, 2012 - WASHINGTON - Last summer, police arrested 1,253 protesters at a sit-in near the White House. The demonstrators there and in cities across the United States weren't part of the Occupy Wall Street movement and weren't protesting wars.

The target of their collective wrath was ... a pipeline.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 27, 2011 - As expected, seven candidates have filed by Tuesday's Illinois deadline to run for a soon-to-be-vacant congressional seat encompassing portions of the Metro East.

Three Democrats and four Republicans signed up with the Illinois Board of Elections to compete in the March 20th primary for the state's 12th congressional district seat. The deadline to file was Tuesday afternoon.

Ill. Republicans defend stance on payroll tax cut

Dec 22, 2011
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Illinois' Republican congressmen are largely defending their party's decision not to support an extension of the payroll tax cut and jobless benefits.

They say the U.S. Senate bill they rejected called for only a two-month extension, and they think a longer-term solution would be better.

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus tells the (Springfield) State Journal-Register that a one-year extension would get the issue "out of political debate."

Reps. Bobby Schilling and Aaron Schock agreed. Schilling called the Senate's plan "unworkable."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 15, 2011 - WASHINGTON - When physicist Richard A. Muller reported last month that global temperatures had warmed since the 1950s, his finding was met with a collective yawn among mainstream climate scientists who had reached the same conclusion years before.

But Muller's study made waves in the media because he had been a prominent climate-change skeptic, partly funded by a foundation linked to global-warming deniers, and his research focused on skeptics' objections to previous studies of warming.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 1, 2011 - Tuesday's debt-ceiling vote in the U.S. House was remarkable, marking a rare incident where a progressive Democrat like Russ Carnahan would be on the same side as conservative Republican Todd Akin.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 2, 2011 - Reported by Jo Mannies, Beacon political reporter, and Robert Koenig, Beacon Washington correspondent:

St. Louis area members of Congress issued statements welcoming the news, thanking the troops and saying Bin Laden's death would serve as a warning to America's enemies. But the officials also called for continued vigilance and warned that the death does not mean the end of the fight against terrorism. Here are statements from current and former officials:

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 31, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Citing "red flags" over possible irregularities and political motivations, a House panel chaired by U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, launched an investigation Thursday of the administration's decision to terminate the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 29, 2011WASHINGTON - About 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, the federal government has gambled nearly $10 billion on an arid tract of real estate that hasn't paid off. That project -- to convert Nevada's Yucca Mountain into the nation's long-term repository for nuclear waste -- may not yet be dead, but it is on life support.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 16, 2011 - WASHINGTON - The fallout from Japan's nuclear crisis is threatening to unbalance the unusual coalition pushing for what some call a "nuclear power renaissance" in the United States -- a clean-energy initiative that is vulnerable to economic and political concerns.

In his State of the Union address in January, President Barack Obama called for a "new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants" and backed that up with a budget proposal for a $36 billion loan guarantee program for nuclear energy, which would help spur construction of as many as 20 new nuclear power plants.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 25, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Trying to revive the debate on the nearly moribund plan to establish a nuclear-waste repository at Yucca Mountain, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, sent a letter Thursday asking Energy Secretary Steven Chu to explain the decision to pull the plug on the project without a viable alternative.

The director of John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis says surgeries could resume next week at the facility. The center stopped performing surgeries because of concerns over contamination on some operating-room equipment. 

Meanwhile, congressional reaction to the new problems has been harsh.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 31, 2011 - WASHINGTON -- They don't have the same political affiliation and they disagree on many national issues, but U.S. Reps. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, and John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, have become personal friends as well as allies on some key local issues.

The affable and soft-spoken Costello didn't sit next to his more outspoken Collinsville colleague at last week's State of the Union speech, but that's mainly because everyone knows they are friends and each of them decided to sit with an opposite-party congressman from another state to show their bipartisan stripes.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 3, 2010 - WASHINGTON - From energy to health care to defense, the congressional shakeup resulting from this week's midterm elections will have considerable impact on the clout of Missouri and Illinois representatives on local and national issues in the Capitol.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 26, 2010 - U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, has partnered on a bipartisan bill to extend tax incentives for the nation's ethanol industry.

Shimkus joined Rep. Earl Pomeroy, a North Dakota Democrat, in introducing legislation to extend the "volumetric ethanol excise tax credit" (VEETC), the "small ethanol producers tax credit" and the tariff on imported ethanol for five years. The bill would also extend the cellulosic ethanol production tax credit for three years.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 9, 2011 - Missouri's nine members of Congress split along partisan lines -- with one exception -- in Saturday's late-night vote that saw the U.S. House pass a health-care bill that includes a public option.

Three Democrats voted for the bill, and Missouri's five GOP members of the U.S. House voted against it.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 19, 2009 - U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, has been named to the board of his alma mater, the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Called the Board of Visitors, the 15-member panel is set up by federal law. According to its Charter, the board "shall provide the President of the United States independent advice and recommendations on matters relating to the U.S. Military Academy, to include but not limited to morale and discipline, curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, and academic methods."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 17, 2009 - U.S. Rep. John Shimkus appears to be the first area member of Congress to publicly question why General Motors and Chrysler are being allowed to eliminate, between the two of them, thousands of local auto dealerships.

Metro East incumbents win as expected

Nov 5, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 5, 2008 - They voted in the metro-east Tuesday, but the campaign season had little of the fervor common in the "battleground" states around the nation. With more than half of the votes in, favorite son Barack Obama rolled up a large majority in Illinois, and incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin swamped his dentist opponent.