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Adam B. Schiff

Adam Schiff's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Adam B. Schiff
Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 28, Democratic
First Elected: 11/07/2000
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 28
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Eve; 2 Children: Alexa Marion, Elijah Harris
Birth Date: 06/22/1960
Birth Place: Framingham, MA
Home City: Burbank, CA
Religion: Jewish
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Adam Schiff a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Adam Schiff in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Adam Schiff in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Adam Schiff in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Reps. Crowley, Schiff, Ryan, Ramstad, Kirk Unveil Bill to Restore Birth Control Access at College Clinics. 1 November 2007. "This is the best kind of commonsense legislation. It helps to prevent unwanted pregnancies and reduce the incidence of abortion among college and low income women -- at no cost to the American taxpayer." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Issue Position: Women's Issues. 23 February 2012. "Half of all pregnancies in the United States - 3 million pregnancies - are unintended, and half of these result in an abortion. Women with unintended pregnancies are less likely to obtain adequate prenatal care, and a child born from an unintended pregnancy is at greater risk of low birth weight and dying in its first year of life. Congressman Schiff believes that we must expand access to preventative health care services and education programs that help reduce unintended pregnancy, lower the rate of infection with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and reduce the number of abortions." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Adam Schiff voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of Peace Action West 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Schiff Visits Our Troops In Afghanistan And Confers With Intelligence Officials In Yemen And Pakistan. 13 February 2012. "I could not have been more impressed by the courage demonstrated by our troops and intelligence agency employees [in Afghanistan] who are continually in harm's way. The wounded warriors I met at the hospital in Landstuhl could not have been more inspiring -- their top concern was for their colleagues who were still on the battlefield." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. The War on Terrorism Five Years After September 11 - How Safe are We? 6 September 2006. "When we were attacked on September 11, this country, and in fact the international community, responded. You already referred to the action taken by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. But in fact also the United Nations unanimously passed a resolution saying they were with the United States in its fight against terror and they were with us in going after al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. And in fact, when we went into Afghanistan, we were united as a country and the world was united behind us." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Needed: Congressional Oversight. 26 January 2005. "Over the past 2 days, we have learned that the President will be asking Congress for an additional $80 billion supplemental appropriations to finance the war in Iraq and ongoing operations in Afghanistan. I support giving our troops all that they need to ensure their safety and to enable them to perform their missions, but for the past few months, I have been disturbed by continued reports that have detailed persistent shortages of up-armored Humvees in Iraq, especially given the repeated assurances by administration officials that everything that could be done about these shortages was being done. In fact, it appears this was not so." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Panel I of a Hearing of the House International Relations Committee-U.S.-Russia Relations. 15 March 2004. "Ambassador, I wanted to ask you about once central tenet in the war on terrorism, and that is that this is essentially a war of ideas. And one of the ideas that is the battleground is the idea of democracy itself and the propagation of democracy. The president outlined a few months ago his view that propagation of democracy was a pillar of a successful war on terrorism. I think that's absolutely correct." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act. 7 October 2004. "On September 11, 2001, Republicans and Democrats died together in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Today tens of thousands of American troops, Democrats and Republicans alike, are battling insurgents and chasing al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Our police, firefighters and air marshals, Democrats and Republicans alike, are working every day to keep Americans safe." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Issue Position: Foreign Affairs and National Security. 17 February 2012. "Schiff also supports President Obama's decision to refocus our efforts in Afghanistan. While he understands that this is a war that the Afghans themselves must win, Schiff also believes that the security situation must be stabilized, sufficient Afghan forces must be trained and Afghanistan's nascent democracy must be given time to take root before American and NATO forces can begin a serious drawdown in the country." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Schiff Speaks on Stabilizing Iraq and Afghanistan. 14 May 2004. "Eleven years later, on September 11, 2001, we paid dearly for our reluctance to get involved in helping to bring peace to Afghanistan and to stabilize and disarm the warring factions in the aftermath of the Soviet departure from the country. Much of this failure can be attributed to an aversion to the kind of post-conflict, nation-building operation that might have created a different Afghanistan in the 1990s. These operations are expensive. They are dangerous. They require an extended commitment of our national resources and our attention. And they have imposed a heavy burden on the military." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of the Peace Action 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Schiff Spends Memorial Day Recess Visiting Troops in Afghanistan. 13 February 2012. "It is clear from my visits here [in Afghanistan] and in Pakistan that the safe haven which Al-Qaeda and the Taliban enjoy on the Pakistan side of the border is the most serious and enduring threat to progress in Afghanistan and to our security at home. Much more will have to be done to deal with this continuing danger." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Adam Schiff. Issue Position: Veterans. 1 January 2011. "Congressman Schiff is a cosponsor of the Military Retirees Health Care Protection Act which encourages the Department of Defense to pursue options to constrain health care spending without increasing fees to beneficiaries. The bill prohibits an increase to the premiums and co-payments for health care coverage for military personnel and limits charges for Department of Defense inpatient care from exceeding $535 per day." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Adam Schiff voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Adam Schiff voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Adam Schiff voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Adam Schiff voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Adam Schiff voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Congressmen Schiff and Meehan Work to Increase Funding for WMD Nonproliferation. 25 June 2004. "Congressman Schiff has led several Congressional efforts to secure vulnerable stockpiles of weapons materials. In May 2003, he introduced legislation (H.R.2063) to expand the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program to include countries outside the former Soviet Union such as Pakistan, India, North Korea, China, Iran and Iraq. He also joined Congressman John M. Spratt, Jr. (SC-5) in offering an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act in May 2003 to strengthen the United States' efforts to safeguard or destroy weapons of mass destruction and related materials around the world." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Nonproliferation Amendment. 20 May 2004. "According to the Stockholm Peace Research Institute, only a quarter of Russia's nuclear sites are properly secured. We would have added funding for global nuclear security. We would have added funding for security upgrades at nine Russian weapons complexes. The irony of removing this funding, of not sensing this urgency, after going to war in Iraq over weapons of mass destruction stockpiles we have not found, when we know there are massive stockpiles in the former Soviet Union for which we have cooperative arrangements to secure and destroy, could not be more apparent. The urgency could not be greater. We would have paid for these programs, we would have provided for the national defense, and this must be an urgency." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. The Hill - Ten Principles of National Security After The Cold War. 30 July 2004. "Homeland Security: We believe that America must be confident in its strength, vigilant in the defense of the Homeland, supportive of our police and firefighters on the frontline, and jealously protective of the rights of all Americans. We will not let terrorists change our way of life; we will not live in fear; and we will not undermine the civil liberties that characterize our Democracy." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Adam Schiff voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Adam Schiff voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adam Schiff. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Tax Cuts Benefit the Prosperous. 8 December 2005. "Mr. Speaker, in the face of our $8.1 trillion debt, the House recently passed a budget reconciliation bill. This so-called Deficit Reduction Act cut spending by $53 billion by cutting programs like health care for the sick, education benefits for students, child support help for parents, and food stamps for hungry families. Even as supporters of the budget reconciliation bill applauded their own new-found frugality, they knew the savings would never be realized because today the House passed a tax reconciliation bill, erasing the 3-week-old savings of $53 billion with $70 billion in new tax cuts. And most egregiously, the lion's share of these tax cuts benefit the most prosperous among us." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Schiff Statement on Ryan Budget Proposal. 13 February 2012. "I cannot, however, embrace the solutions recently offered by House Budget Chairman Ryan, which would continue an unsustainable policy of upper-income tax cuts, while turning Medicare into a voucher program. These proposals are not new and do not meet a test of basic fairness." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Blue Dog Coalition. 28 March 2006. "The basic theme behind that, or the theory of that, wasn't a bad theory, it was that several of the largest, wealthiest families in the country shouldn't escape any form of tax because they used a clever combination of tax loopholes." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Rep. Schiff Supports Extending Bush Tax Cuts for Middle Class Families. 31 July 2012. "Under this proposal, even millionaires would receive tax cuts of over $10,000. But in this time of deficit and debt, we simply cannot afford to provide additional tax cuts on income above $250,000. Doing so would add almost $1 trillion to the deficit over 10 years, at a time when we can least afford it." (schiff.house.gov)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. President Signs Bill to Avoid Government Default. 13 February 2012. "America pays its debts, and tonight I voted to pay them. The bill represents a painful and unbalanced compromise that should have included revenue, as part of a grand bargain that would set this nation on a new and responsible path towards true fiscal responsibility. Such a measure would have have created jobs and given our economy a much-needed shot in the arm." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Concurrent Resolutionon the Budget for Fiscal Year 2005-Part III. 25 March 2004. "Opposition has been raised that this measure raises taxes. The fact of the matter is that the majority resolution raises taxes. It simply raises taxes on our children, on my 5-year-old and my 1-year-old. They are going to pay more taxes because of the majority resolution. It raises the debt tax that all of us pay. A tax cut that is not paid for, and the majority resolution does not pay for its tax cuts, is no tax cut at all. It is merely a deferral to our children." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adam Schiff. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Adam Schiff voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Adam Schiff voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Adam Schiff a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008. 19 July 2007. "We all want and believe that we can bring about a more secure and more prosperous future for our children and grandchildren. And we believe we can do so, must do so, in a fiscally responsible way by paying as we go. Sure, there are some who do not share these values or who believe that we can achieve this bright tomorrow without any investment, without any contribution or sacrifice on our part. They are the 'get something for nothing' crowd, the 'I got mine, you get yours' crowd. They do not believe America needs our investment. And the future? Well, the future can take care of itself." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Issue Position: Economy and Banking. 17 February 2012. "Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on February 13, 2009 and was signed into law by the President on February 17, 2009. It will create jobs and get commerce moving again through a combination of tax cuts, infrastructure spending and other fiscal stimulus, so that families can maintain their income, standard of living and health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Issue Position: Jobs Update. 17 February 2012. "Last year, I supported a job creation package designed to spur economic growth throughout the country. The legislation helped the U.S economy grow at 3.5% in the third quarter of 2009, the first positive quarterly economic growth since December 2007. [¦] One way the legislation I supported helped to begin the creation of new jobs was by investing in new construction -- $36 billion to modernize roads and bridges and to improve public transit and rail. [¦] While I believe that the current economic climate requires a short-term injection of cash into the economy to generate jobs, over the long-term Congress is going to have to make the painful decisions necessary to reduce the federal deficit so that the economy can flourish long-term." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Issue Position: Transportation. 17 February 2012. "In February 2009, Rep. Schiff supported the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (H.R.1), also known as the Stimulus, to create jobs and get our economy moving again. One of the major pillars of the stimulus package is infrastructure spending which will quickly create jobs while rebuilding the nation's transportation networks." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 21 September 2011. "While we fully support providing emergency funding to those who have been impacted by Hurricane Irene and other natural disasters, we urge you not to pay for disaster relief by cutting programs that are designed to create new jobs and help ensure a strong domestic manufacturing sector." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Restoring our Economy. 16 November 2011. "In one week, the bicameral supercommittee is due to present its plan to Congress to rein in our out-of-control finances and restore the responsible stewardship of our economy that prevailed at the end of the Clinton administration, when government ran surpluses for four straight years. A mere month after the supercommittee presents its plan, just before Christmas, we will either bless its work or face the real prospect of painful across-the-board cuts beginning in 2013. I have long supported a realistic approach and urged the supercommittee to go big and consider the full range of government spending in making cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Schiff Statement on Ryan Budget Proposal. 6 April 2011. "As a Blue Dog Democrat who has long championed the need to balance our budget and pay down our debt, I am encouraged that the necessity of putting the nation's fiscal house in order now commands such attention, and the prospect for dealing with our deficit and debt problem is greater than ever." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adam Schiff. Schiff Supports Legislation to Help Small Businesses Access Credit. 13 February 2012. "Small businesses are the engines of job creation in this country and will be the birthplace of our economic recovery. [H.R. 5297 and H.R. 5486] is another step to partner with small businesses, expanding access to much-needed capital to help them grow, hire more workers and fuel our economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Restoring our Economy. 16 November 2011. "Second, we need to ensure that small business remains the catalyst for the American economy. Capitalism, by its very nature, is highly competitive, and most new businesses fail. While government cannot change that central truth about a market economy, we can foster a climate that makes it easier to succeed by ensuring access to capital, targeted tax incentives, by creating a supportive infrastructure, and devising a regulatory framework that offers American business the best chance of success." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Issue Position: Economy and Small Business. 17 February 2012. "Small businesses have powered the country out of every recession in our history. They have always been the true engine of growth in challenging times. Unfortunately, businesses are currently suffering from taxes that stifle innovation and growth, a complex regulatory code and the accelerating cost of health benefits. They are also having difficulty accessing the capital they need to make new hires and invest in new equipment. Large businesses and banks have huge cash reserves, but they are waiting to see a consistent economic recovery before investing in workers and businesses again. By enacting tax and regulatory relief, as well as improving access to capital for small businesses, we can help small businesses lead our way into a sustainable and lasting recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Schiff Helps Secure Funds for Local Small Business Assistance and Job Training Programs. 13 February 2012. "This funding will help give local businesses and job seekers the tools they need to succeed and thrive. Small businesses are the engines of local economies, providing employment to local workers and valuable services to our community. Assisting small businesses and job seekers in these tough economic times is a common sense solution that will help turn our local economy around." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Adam Schiff. Issue Position: Education. 17 February 2012. "Congress is currently working to reform the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). There is widespread consensus on both sides of the aisle that this act is in need of reform and that our kids can't wait any longer. NCLB has not been reauthorized since it was created in 2001, and new reforms would represent a milestone in reforming our education system. The House Education and the Workforce Committee has held several hearings on the reauthorization of NCLB already, and Schiff is hopeful that the Committee will introduce a bill to reauthorize and reform NCLB this year. 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." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Adam schiff. Issue Position: Energy. 23 February 2012. "The Deepwater Horizon disaster demonstrated that offshore drilling is still a risky and dangerous endeavor. Schiff believes that renewable energy, sustainable development and hybrid vehicles will provide for more energy security and lower prices than any amount of offshore drilling. He strongly opposes opening up the California coast to drilling, and voted against H.R. 1229 in May 2011, a bill that would make drilling safety regulations weaker than even before the Deepwater Horizon spill and allow drilling off the coast of California." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 13 February 2012. "Californians are not willing to risk our tourism and fishing industries or our pristine environment with additional offshore drilling, and I'm happy that the Governor has stepped back from his plan for more drilling off the coast near Santa Barbara. Instead of more drilling and more spills, Californians are leading the way to a high-tech, clean energy future." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Issue Position: Supporting Clean and Renewable Energy Sources. 23 February 2012. "Drilling for oil and natural gas off the U.S. coast can lead to oil spills and other environmental damage in some of the most important ecosystems in the world. It also puts at risk fisheries that have already been damaged by years of overfishing. Congressman Schiff believes that we can achieve energy independence without drilling in sensitive offshore areas, and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions at the same time." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Adam Schiff voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Adam Schiff voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Adam Schiff. The Fight for our Future. 13 February 2012. "Finally, the Earth's climate is changing more rapidly and more profoundly than many scientists had forecasted, leading to a global consensus that humanity must take immediate steps to curtail the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses. [¦] Even as we provide incentives to accelerate scientific research into reducing the cost of renewable energy, we must also act now to reduce our fossil fuel imports. The cheapest and quickest way to accomplish this is to reduce energy and fuel use through fuel efficiency, energy efficiency, conservation, and green development." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Adam Schiff in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Adam Schiff in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Adam Schiff in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Adam Schiff in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Adam Schiff voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Adam Schiff in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Energy Security. 18 January 2007. "We must pass global warming legislation to reduce our output of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Many of America's most successful companies have realized that something must be done to contain global warming and they are now pushing Congress to lead." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 2454, American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. 13 February 2012. "America has been at her best during her greatest struggles and, as before, her industry and entrepreneurial spirit will prevail. Already, the green technology industry is booming across the country, with new factories built and new companies formed every day. [¦] The rule for this bill inserts an important provision that I authored as independent legislation earlier this year and that I worked with many colleagues to include. It loosens the restrictions on energy purchases by the government, and that will spur local green energy development in every State in the Nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Providing for the Further Consideration of H.R. 1, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 13 February 2012. "By investing in renewable energy, we can achieve both short-term and long-term goals. The green energy sector has many shovel-ready projects that would give the economy a quick boost. But renewable energy is also vital to our continued economic health--it creates high-paying American jobs in a fast-growing industry and protects our nation's natural resources. In passing this bill, we take the first step on the path toward a clean sustainable high-tech economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Schiff Helps Secure Vital Funds for Clean Water and Other Environmental Efforts in Appropriations Bill Approved by Committee. 13 February 2012. "Environmental conservation and restoration goes hand in hand with ensuring clean water supplies. The more we do today to protect and conserve our environment, the more we can avoid drinking water contamination in the future. These funds will not only help protect the public's health but will also make our region a cleaner, more beautiful place to live." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Schiff, Giffords Introduce Bill to Allow one of America's Largest Consumers of Energy to Dramatically Expand its Purchase of Clean Affordable Wind and Solar Energy. 13 February 2012. "The federal government must practice what it preaches. In Washington we have often called on Americans to use more clean alternative energy solutions. This bill will send a message that the federal government, one of the largest consumers of energy, can do its part too. It is a common sense measure that will help save taxpayer money, protect our environment, create green jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Adam Schiff. Issue Position: Arms Control. 17 February 2012. "Congressman Schiff authored a provision of the 2008 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill which supported a program that destroys and disables existing small arms and light weapons. Small arms result in the deaths of over 300,000 people a year worldwide, primarily civilians. By destroying these weapons, Congressman Schiff believes we will keep them out of the hands of terrorists, criminals, and human rights abusing governments." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Adam Schiff a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Adam Schiff in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Adam Schiff in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Letter to Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice. 21 June 2006. "The easy availability of SALW in the post-Cold War era-particularly assault rifles and shoulder-fired missiles-threatens U.S. security interests and the lives of millions throughout the world. While the United States strictly regulates the international transfer of arms, many governments have weak or non-existent controls. The lack of controls has taken a tremendous human toll on those in areas most affected by armed violence." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Schiff Statement on Operation Fast and Furious. 19 October 2011. "Unfortunately, in the case of gun trafficking, straw purchasing carries such a minimal penalty that defendants have little incentive to make a deal in exchange for their testimony and assistance dismantling these criminal organizations. Without a serious penalty for straw purchasers, investigators have no hope of gaining their cooperation and testimony against the major gun traffickers. If the House majority is truly concerned about violence in Mexico and not just scoring political points, I suggest they support stronger penalties on firearm traffickers who supply vicious Mexican drug cartels with thousands of weapons." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Schiff Strongly Supports Renewal of Assault Weapons Ban. 9 September 2004. "Despite steady gains made in lowering crime in the past decade, Congressional inaction is allowing the assault weapons ban to expire on Monday. Our police - who bravely patrol our streets and keep our neighborhoods safe - will now have the difficult task of facing criminals armed with new weapons designed not for hunting but for killing. The strong majority of Americans understand that this ban has been an effective and appropriate measure that improves our safety and deters violent criminal activity." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Statement Regarding Information Requests for Multiple Sales of Semi-Automatic Rifles with Detachable Magazines. 13 February 2012. "Existing law already requires dealers to report the sale of multiple handguns, and these reports provide invaluable leads to stop illegal gun trafficking. We know that semi-automatic rifles are the weapon of choice for violent Mexican drug cartels, and this rule will give law enforcement a badly needed tool to keep assault weapons out of the hands of criminals in the U.S. and in Mexico." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 17 February 2012. "By passing comprehensive health insurance legislation, we substantially reformed the health insurance industry, extended quality coverage to millions of Americans, and took action to hold down national, public, and private health care costs. While the reforms can and should be improved to achieve greater cost reductions, the bill was an important step forward in expanding access to care." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 17 February 2012. "There are at least 47 million citizens in the United States who are uninsured, and approximately 50 million who are underinsured. In these trying economic times, with increasing job lay-offs and the skyrocketing costs of private health insurance, I believe it is a moral and economic imperative that everyone should have affordable health insurance--regardless of where they work, their income, their age, or their health status." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 13 February 2012. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the progress we've made towards meaningful health care reform, and I stand in strong opposition to the Majority's efforts to retract much needed provisions that have since gone into effect for millions of Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Senate Amendments To H.R. 3590, Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act Of 2009, And H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010. "Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this historic health care reform legislation. [¦] There is now hope for millions of self-employed Americans who cannot afford health care, and millions more who are small business people struggling to provide health care for themselves and their employees. [¦] Because tonight's bill will address the needs of each and every one of these Americans who are struggling to afford the coverage they have, or find health insurance when they are without." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Adam Schiff. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Adam Schiff voted Did Not Vote on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 78 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Schiff Sends DREAM Act Letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid. 9 December 2010. "I respectfully request that you work with members of both parties to bring the DREAM Act, as passed by the House of Representatives on December 8th, to a vote. [¦] The DREAM Act is not a handout, it is a hand up. To benefit from its provisions, young people will need to work hard and serve their communities. In the end, by developing their skills and working in our community, the students who take advantage of the DREAM Act will give back far more to our economy and our security as a nation than what we give them. The investment we make by passing the DREAM Act will be repaid many times over by the jobs created and the communities that are strengthened by giving students a chance at the American Dream." (schiff.house.gov)
  • Jason Wells. Glendale News-Press: Schiff releases statement supporting move to end deportation of some illegal immigrants. 15 June 2012. "Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) hailed the Obama administration's announcement today that the government will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and who do not pose a security threat. In a statement released today, Schiff said the decision would "greatly benefit" those who "want to go to college but can't, because their parents illegally brought them to the United States." "This is an initiative -- like the Dream Act -- that I support, and will greatly benefit a number of students and service members throughout our community," Schiff said." (articles.glendalenewspress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 97 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Adam Schiff voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Adam Schiff voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 91 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Adam Schiff voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Rep. Schiff Statement of LGBT Pride Month. 11 June 2012. "'The tide is turning in favor of equality and this year's LGBT Pride Month is punctuated by many important changes. The growing support for marriage equality is significant and I welcome President Obama's recent declaration in support of access to the right of marriage for all Americans. I'm encouraged by the recent ruling by the federal circuit court that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and the ninth circuit's decision not to revisit its ruling against California's Proposition 8. I stand in solidarity with the many LGBT Americans serving our country in celebrating the end of the military's discriminatory 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy. The drum beat for equality is getting louder and stronger.'Even as we celebrate these critical milestones, it is important to be mindful that we are not there yet. While there are a growing number of states where same sex couples can express their commitment for each other through marriage, these states are the exception rather than the rule. Full marriage equality would extend one of our most basic rights of citizenship to all Americans -- that is, the right to marry the person you love.' 'I have friends, family members, colleagues, and members of my own staff that simply want to have that commitment recognized by their government. I respect that, I honor that, and I stand with them in their fight to have their relationships legitimized in the same way as my own marriage to Eve.' 'This month I join countless others in marking June as LGBT Pride Month. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans have contributed significantly to the fabric of our nation, and it is fitting that we celebrate those contributions and stand with them in their fight for full and total equality.' Schiff is a member of the House LGBT Equality Caucus, a strong supporter of marriage equality, a co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act to repeal DOMA, and advocated to put an end to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Issue Position: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. 17 February 2012. "Congressman Schiff is an original cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation introduced in March 2011 to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA is a bill passed in 1996 which defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman for purposes of federal law, and states that same-sex marriages do not have be recognized across state lines. DOMA is an unneccesary intrusion into areas that are traditionally state authorities. [¦] In addition to the Respect for Marriage Act, Congressman Schiff is an original cosponsor of the Employment Non Discrimination Act of 2011, which prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of actual or percieved sexual orientation." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Pelosi, 132 House Members File Amicus Brief in Landmark Court Challenge to DOMA. 2 November 2011. "The brief makes it clear that the House is not united on this issue, that the BLAG lawyers do not speak for the entire institution, and that there is no legitimate federal interest in denying married gay and lesbian couples the legal security, rights and responsibilities that federal law provides to couples who are married under state law. Section 3 does not affect married heterosexual couples and their children, who are recognized regardless of DOMA. And this law affirmatively harms married gay and lesbian couples and their children. [¦] Congress has no legitimate federal interest that is rationally served by treating married gay and lesbian couples as unmarried for all federal purposes. Section 3 is unconstitutional and should be struck down." (www.votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Adam Schiff. Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2010. 13 February 2012. "I am particularly concerned about Somalia's renewed descent into chaos and the prospect that al Qaeda, which is under increasing pressure along the Afghan/Pakistan frontier, will take advantage of the power vacuum in that country as it did in Afghanistan during the 1990s. This must not be allowed to happen. And the U.S. must be willing to work with the United Nations, the African Union, and nongovernmental organizations to help stabilize Somalia and create an atmosphere in which governance and security are again possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Foreign Affairs and National Security. 31 July 2012. "Following the September 11 attacks, Schiff supported American military action against al Qaeda. But he has also pushed for a broader strategy that emphasizes diplomacy, improvements in homeland security, intelligence reform, and efforts to stabilize countries to prevent future failed states from becoming havens for terrorists...Schiff is deeply concerned about the discovery of Osama bin Laden, not in a cave along Pakistan's lawless border with Afghanistan, but instead in a purpose built compound just a few hundred yards from the Pakistan Military Academy. Both in his capacity as an appropriator and also as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), Schiff believes that this casts our relationship with Pakistan in a new light “ that while we must maintain our support for the civilian leadership and those elements of the military and intelligence services that are fighting the Taliban and al Qaeda, we must redouble our efforts to get Pakistan to stop its self-defeating and dangerous double dealing with jihadis [...] Schiff is also focusing on Yemen and Somalia, two countries racked by civil strife, limited economic opportunity and active extremist movements.  Schiff is concerned that either country could become a new haven for al Qaeda, especially in the wake of bin Laden's death." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Markup of H.Res. 537, Requesting that the President and Directing that the Attorney General Transmit to the House of Representatives All Information in their Possession Relating to Specific Communications Regarding Detainees... 13 February 2012. "I do want to address the underlying issue and the effort that is being made in the Minority through this motion and through others on the floor and in other committees to prevent the giving of Miranda warnings under any circumstance to terrorists captured overseas. [...] But again, on the broader issue, I don't think we should preclude ourselves from prosecuting foreign terrorism suspects and using their own words against them in those prosecutions." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Washington, Wednesday, February 16, 2011. 16 February 2011. "We have an opportunity here to help in parts of the world that have been fertile terrain for terrorism to remove some of the root causes of that terrorism--the lack of opportunity, suffering under authoritarian regimes--and we need to engage in this potentially new world." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Adam Schiff supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2012. "We have a responsibility to seniors to see that we provide them with a decent standard of living. Social Security has been the linchpin of that commitment for decades. I believe this time tested program must be maintained and strengthened. Efforts to privatize the Social Security system will not improve its solvency, but instead will restructure and harm the most durable safety net program in American history." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Issue Position: Social Security. 17 February 2012. "We have a responsibility to seniors to see that we provide them with a decent standard of living. Social Security has been the linchpin of that commitment for decades. I believe this time tested program must be maintained and strengthened. Efforts to privatize the Social Security system will not improve its solvency, but instead will restructure and harm the most durable safety net program in American history." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Schiff. Schiff Discusses Ongoing Debt Talks on Fox News' America's Newsroom. 25 July 2011. "What we have, really, is the need for the political will to get the job done and a willingness to compromise the way we saw Tip O'Neill and Ronald Reagan get to yes. That's really I think what we need to do but this proposal that was floated in the House, a week or so ago that would limit revenues to what they were many years ago, that would effectively result in cuts to Medicare and Social Security, greater than even what the Ryan budget proposed, was always going to be a nonstarter." (www.votesmart.org)

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