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Adam Schiff's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

  • U.S. House (CA) - District 28, Democratic


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  • "As a member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, Rep. Adam Schiff is a long-time supporter of a woman's right to choose from a full range of reproductive options and believes such choices should rest with the woman, her physicians, and the family or friends she chooses to consult." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "It is clear from Judge Kavanaugh's record that he does not support a woman's constitutional right to choice. We are therefore extremely concerned about how he would rule on cases involving reproductive health care access and decision-making, including abortion care. The President campaigned on a promise to only nominate justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade "automatically" and Judge Kavanaugh has a record that demonstrates a hostility toward abortion, birth control, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For many communities, such as low-income, rural, immigrant, and communities of color, access to abortion care is already out of reach given significant barriers to care and state-level restrictions. Based on Judge Kavanaugh's past rulings, speeches, and writings, we firmly believe that Judge Kavanaugh will turn the balance of the Supreme Court against women's constitutional rights, including abortion-- a constitutionally protected right since 1973." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "The irresponsible tax cuts you are pursuing will explode the federal deficit, violating the principle, enshrined in the 2010 Statutory PAYGO law, that tax cuts should be paid for. Under that law, your unpaid-for tax cuts, if enacted, will trigger automatic, across-the board cuts to Medicare, the farm safety net, and other programs. Given the lack of bipartisanship to date in your effort to provide massive tax cuts to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class while adding $1.5 trillion to the deficit, it will be your responsibility to deal with these consequences." (votesmart.org)
  • "Republicans promised their tax cuts would "pay for themselves" -- they knew that wasn't true, but they said it anyway. They have now made it abundantly clear that they would like to make cuts to programs such as Medicare and Social Security to make up for the massive $1.5 trillion hole in our budget caused by the tax bill. This would be shocking were it not a further continuation of an unsustainable policy of cutting taxes for the wealthy, while targeting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid for massive cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "As the fiscal year 2017 budget process begins, we urge you to reject proposals that would harm Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, or domestic discretionary programs that protect the financial and health well-being of American seniors and their families." (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe we have to protect Social Security and Medicare and strengthen them, not use them to pay for irresponsible tax giveaways. I will do everything I can to oppose efforts to undermine Social Security and Medicare and the benefits that so many Americans depend on-- and deserve. I remain committed to protecting these vital safety net programs for this generation, and for generations to come." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission was a devastating blow to our democracy. Corporations are not people and unregulated independent expenditures drown out the voices of all but the wealthiest Americans. We need to reform our campaign finance system to ensure everyone’s voice is heard equally; not just large corporations. That is why I have introduced a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and allow states to set up a public financing system if they choose. Both are critical steps to reduce the influence of money in politics, and protect our democracy." (adamschiff.com)
  • "The Justice in Policing Act is a bold police accountability bill to: Hold police officers and departments responsible. Make structural changes to our justice system. Eliminate qualified immunity. Much work remains to be done. But I'm proud to support this bill." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 5% by the Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "During debate on a defense spending bill, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) offered an amendment that would have halted funding for the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, after March 31, 2016, unless Congress passes an Authorization for the Use of Military Force." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have always fought for a much stronger investment in infrastructure, since the building of roads, bridges, schools, a renewable energy superhighway, broadband and other key elements of our national backbone have a multiplier effect on the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • "Upgrading our country's aging infrastructure will allow for the swift movement of goods and people, which is critical for our economy to remain competitive in the global economy. Since coming to Congress, Rep. Adam Schiff has worked hard to provide federal funding to local infrastructure projects." (schiff.house.gov)
  • "He supports closing corporate tax loopholes and is a cosponsor to the Stop Corporate Inversions Act, which helps prevent U.S. corporations from reincorporating offshore to avoid paying U.S. income tax. Schiff has also supported legislation such as the Bring Jobs Home Act, which would eliminate tax benefits for companies that send jobs overseas." (votesmart.org)
  • "Here's why I'll vote yes on the relief bill: Direct payments to families. Increased unemployment benefits. Aid for small businesses, frontline healthcare workers and hospitals. Help for Americans to stay healthy and the economy to weather the storm. This is just a down payment." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6800 - Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. Adam Schiff believes that any reform of NCLB needs to take into account the views of those most affected by the law, students, parents, teachers and administrators if it is going to truly improve education in our country. Accountability must include a variety of measures of performance, while also leaving room for teachers, parents and school administrators, people who know students best, to exercise their judgment on how to teach their students in different environments." (schiff.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "In California, we already see the effects of climate change in prolonged drought and extreme heat. And while El Niño brought us much needed drought relief, it was not enough to quench our years-long drought or to refill our depleted aquifers ahead of future dry years. We must prioritize the protection of our environment and transition to renewable sources of energy." (adamschiff.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "As we consider future budgets and appropriations, we must adjust spending levels to respond to the latest science and to repeated calls from the scientific community to invest in efforts to meaningfully address climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We urge you to maintain the pollution limits established by the CPP and set our country on a clear path to combat climate change, reduce emissions, and preserve the health and safety of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "All of these efforts have had a significant impact on reducing carbon pollution in the United States and bolstering our states economies. Given the vacuum in climate leadership that has resulted from the election of Donald Trump, our states must continue to form a "green wall" in the West that will maintain climate leadership in the United States. The Paris Agreement calls for significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and if Donald Trump's administration won't lead, our states must. We call on you to continue to uphold our commitments made under the Paris Agreement, and to show international leadership where the current Administration has failed." (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored H.R. 5087 "Assault Weapons Ban of 2018" (schiff.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by the National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • "With more than 30,000 Americans killed each year with guns, and with mass shootings in places like Orlando, San Bernardino, Aurora, and Newtown, gun violence is nothing short of an epidemic. Congress must act, and I support passing long overdue reforms to reduce gun violence, including universal background checks for all gun sales, banning assault weapons, and passing "No Fly No Buy" legislation so that known and suspected terrorists can’t purchase powerful weapons. I was proud to join a sit-in on the House floor in June 2016 in support of these reforms, and I will keep doing all I can to see that we do not stand by and allow our fellow citizens to be gunned down." (adamschiff.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We, the undersigned members of Congress, urge you to reject a policy agenda that would harm women, starting with your efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and defund Planned Parenthood." (votesmart.org)
  • "He is committed to full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which has already expanded and improved access to health care for millions of Americans, marking a monumental step forward in fixing our country's broken and costly health care system." (schiff.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress has passed a funding package for testing, care and research on coronavirus. We have plans for worker protections, free testing, paid sick leave and more. We stand ready to stem the economic damage. Now all we need is for the President to take this crisis seriously." (twitter.com)
  • "To fight the Coronavirus, people who are ill must get tested when it is indicated. And stay home if they’re sick. But for millions, that can be financially ruinous. Universal healthcare and paid sick leave. It’s always been the right thing to do. Now more than ever." (twitter.com)
  • "Democrats support border security, but not through a wall that will not work, or repurposing desperately needed funds meant for other important federal programs." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have also supported President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which uses existing authority to stop the deportation of people who came to the United States as children." (adamschiff.com)
  • "We are a nation of immigrants, but our immigration system is outdated and broken. I support comprehensive immigration reform that will fix our broken immigration system by securing our border, providing a path to citizenship for those who are already here, requiring civics education and the payment of any back taxes, and reforming and improving the legal immigration system." (adamschiff.com)
  • "We face threats from terrorist organizations including ISIS and al Qaeda, as well as from nations like Iran, North Korea, and a newly aggressive Russia. We must confront these threats using all the tools in our arsenal — diplomatic, economic, and military. I supported strong sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, freedom of the sea exercises in the South China Sea, an international coalition to constrain North Korea’s dangerous and provocative actions, and the Iran Nuclear Deal which dramatically lengthened Iran’s potential breakout time, required vigorous inspections and required Iran to export most of its highly enriched uranium and pour concrete into the core of their plutonium reactor." (adamschiff.com)
  • Rated 5% by the Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Throughout the long standoff with Iran over its nuclear program, I have expressed my preference for a diplomatic solution that would prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must expand cooperation among our allies and partners across the world to fight terrorism and defeat ISIS. That’s why I have supported our military efforts in Iraq and Syria, our efforts to counter ISIS propaganda by empowering the voices of our Muslim allies, stronger efforts to counter violent extremism at home, and efforts to improve Homeland security." (adamschiff.com)
  • Rated 5% by the Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Here’s the fundamental problem, Mr. President: After 17 years at war in Afghanistan, 15 years in Iraq, and now 7 years of war in Syria, the mission is seldom accomplished. Something you should consider before embroiling us further." (twitter.com)
  • "Third, the resolution does not authorize the use of ground combat forces in Iraq or Syria." (schiff.house.gov)
  • "The Administration and supporters of the TPP argue that, nonetheless, this deal is our opportunity to write the rules of global trade, particularly in the Pacific where China commands a growing influence. I understand that goal and I share it, and I fully concur that there are compelling geopolitical reasons to expand our engagement in the Pacific. I also recognize and appreciate that the deal preserves important protections for intellectual property rights and copyright, a vital issue for the creative industry that I am so proud to represent. For these reasons, I hope that a subsequent Administration can negotiate a different kind of treaty for the Pacific region, and one that better protects American workers while also expanding our influence in the region. American workers and businesses can outcompete anyone on an even playing field, but I'm not convinced that TPP provides one." (votesmart.org)
  • "One of my other priorities in Congress is making sure that trade deals are fair in addition to free, a position which has led me to oppose the current Trans-Pacific Partnership, because I fear it will only widen income inequality." (adamschiff.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)

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