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Adam Schiff's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (CA) - District 30


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Issue Positions

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  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (
  • 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." (
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5377 "Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act." (
  • Rated 0% by FreedomWorks. (
  • "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." (
  • 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." (
  • "The Build Back Better Act will dramatically lower everyday costs that burden families like childcare, housing, health care, and prescription drugs. It will make high-quality preschool universal, and lift millions of children out of poverty. It will bring clean energy to households across America and fight the devastating impacts of the climate crisis -- while creating millions of green jobs in the process. And it will make our economy more equitable by making the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share." (
  • "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." (
  • 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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 93% by Common Cause. (
  • "That the Federal Election Commission plans to throw open the doors of our democracy to foreign money and interference is utterly incomprehensible, and would establish a dangerous precedent ripe for abuse. This ruling would potentially chart a new path for adversarial governments to interfere in our democratic process for their own gain. It would be a tremendous mistake for the FEC to purposefully weaken our electoral system so egregiously." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • "I voted YES on the Justice in Policing Act in honor of George Floyd. Police brutality, particularly against Black Americans, has persisted far too long. This bill will ban chokeholds, end qualified immunity and fund community-led safety initiatives. Police must be accountable." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • ""We have a responsibility to live up to America's highest ideals by both protecting our national security and by ensuring that we are living up to our commitments and leadership on human rights and freedoms everywhere," said Schiff. "Nowhere is that need more acute than in our nation's foreign policy and defense priorities, and it is critical we keep those ideals front and center -- from standing up against international human rights violations, to protecting civil liberties, to strengthening government transparency. I'm glad these amendments were taken up in this year's NDAA negotiations and look forward to them becoming law and fighting for their inclusion during conference."" (
  • Rated 5% by the Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6800 - Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (
  • "The Green New Deal is not just a bold plan for addressing climate change and beginning to right the ship, it also is an urgent call to invest in growing a modern, green economy that is equitable and just for all." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • "The U.S. must lead the world in clean energy adoption." (
  • "In California, we already see the effects of climate change in prolonged drought and extreme heat. And while El Nino 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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (
  • 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." (
  • 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." (
  • 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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 0% by the National Rifle Association (
  • "These actions from President Biden are a critical first step in addressing the epidemic of gun violence that America has faced for too long. 2021 is already shaping up to be one of the deadliest years for gun violence on record. In just 98 days, we've lost over 11,000 people to gun violence, another 8,000 have been injured, and there have been 133 mass shootings. It's long past time to act, and these measures to prevent the proliferation of "ghost guns,' increase regulation on devices that convert pistols into rifles, improve data collection, and invest in community-led violence prevention programs will help make our communities safer for everyone." (
  • "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." (
  • 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." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted against HR 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "Democrats support border security, but not through a wall that will not work, or repurposing desperately needed funds meant for other important federal programs." (
  • "Congress rejected funding for a border wall, and agreed on a consensus bill on border security. If we allow Trump to bypass Congress, it will eviscerate a vital check on any unethical president. Proud to cosponsor the resolution to nullify this unconstitutional declaration." (
  • Voted against HR 6136 "Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (
  • "America is the only home most DREAMers have ever known. Deporting them would be cruel, and I have introduced an amendment to protect DACA." (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 5% by the Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (
  • "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." (
  • "Third, the resolution does not authorize the use of ground combat forces in Iraq or Syria." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 5% by the Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted in favor of H J Res 37 “Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress” (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (

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