Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Meet PA's GOP Freshman Class

REPORT: Meet The 2010 GOP Freshman Class »

Following last night’s election, over 100 freshmen Republicans will take their seats in the 112th Congress. These GOPers come from disparate backgrounds, but they are united by their adherence to the extreme wing of conservative ideology.

A new ThinkProgress investigation has found that the incoming GOP freshman class is rife with legislators who not only oppose climate change legislation, but deny that manmade global warming even exists. They are pushing not just to end birthright citizenship, but also demand that the United States reduce the number of legal immigrants.

Here is a snapshot of the GOP Class of 2010’s extremism:


- 50% deny the existence of manmade climate change
- 86% are opposed to any climate change legislation that increases government revenue


- 39% have already declared their intention to end the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of birthright citizenship
- 32% want to reduce legal immigration


- 91% have sworn to never allow an income tax increase on any individual or business – regardless of deficits or war
- 79% have pledged to permanently repeal the estate tax
- 48% are pushing for a balanced budget amendment

This is where individual incoming GOP freshmen stand on each issue(We're listing PA only. For the entire report use the link above):


GW: Global warming denier

CC: No climate change legislation

BC: End birthright citizenship

RI: Reduce legal immigration

TP: No tax increase pledge

ET: Repeal estate tax

BB: Balanced budget amendment

Pat Toomey (PA-SEN) GW TPET

Mike Kelly (PA-03) CC TP ET

Pat Meehan (PA-07) CC TP ET

Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) CC TP ET

Tom Marino (PA-10) CC BC RI TPET BB

Lou Barletta (PA-11) CC BC RI TPET