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Adam Schiff's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 28, Democratic
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Adam Schiff has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Adam Schiff is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/982816/issue-position-health-care#.Va_qFHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9489/adam-schiff#.Va_qVnUVhHw (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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053 (votesmart.org)
  • "With the Bush-era tax cuts automatically expiring at the end of this year, many middle class families are uncertain of next year's tax burden. Congress should immediately extend these tax cuts for 98% of all families and 97% of small businesses on everyone's income up to $250,000 a year." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/745055/congresss-unfinished-business#.Va_ronUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "There is strong bipartisan agreement that the Bush-era tax cuts should be extended for income up to $250,000. Although there is disagreement beyond that point, it is important to recognize that even very wealthy families would receive a tax cut under this proposal on the first $250,000 of their income." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/730750/rep-schiff-supports-extending-bush-tax-cuts-for-middle-class-families#.Va_q1nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Schiff is a leading advocate for smart, evidence-based criminal justice reforms that reduce spending on corrections and reduce recidivism among those who have spent time in prison." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/689467/issue-position-criminal-justice-reform#.Va_sm3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Schiff has authored two provisions in the Second Chance Act to reduce drug use. One provision provides funding for drug treatment upon request to ensure that any individual seeking drug treatment can have quick and free access to such treatment. A second provision provides a grant program for a method called 'coerced abstinence,' which targets frequent drug testing, graduated sanctions and treatment for long-term chronic drug users. The Second Chance Act was signed into law in April 2008. " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/568571/issue-position-crime-and-public-safety (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/580162/issue-position-jobs-update#.Va_sKHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/568573/issue-position-economy-and-banking#.Va_rYnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There is strong bipartisan agreement that the Bush-era tax cuts should be extended for income up to $250,000. Although there is disagreement beyond that point, it is important to recognize that even very wealthy families would receive a tax cut under this proposal on the first $250,000 of their income. The bill passed by the Senate, and introduced in the House earlier this week in the House, would also ensure that 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses continue to receive these tax cuts." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/730750/rep-schiff-supports-extending-bush-tax-cuts-for-middle-class-families#.VcKMQnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/568573/issue-position-economy-and-banking#.Va_rYnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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 should 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629653/issue-position-education#.Va_u3nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.Va_wLHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I voted NO on the #KeystoneXL pipeline bill today. If it reaches President's desk, he should veto this climate-harming bill immediately!" https://twitter.com/repadamschiff/status/533361402258657280 (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9489/adam-schiff#.VcKRAXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing on behalf of the 80,000 Americans employed by the U.S. wind industry – representing jobs in all fifty states – to ask that you promptly extend the current law Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Wind now provides power to over 15 million American homes, as well as to many thousands of farms and businesses." http://loebsack.house.gov/uploadedfiles/wind_ptc-itc_extension_letter_final_3.21.2014.pdf (loebsack.house.gov)
  • "Our children should not be burdened by a damaged environment, nor should they be dependent on foreign sources for their energy. I am working to develop renewable energy in the United States and ensure that clean, affordable energy is available to all Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/373333/issue-position-renewable-energy#.Va_wvHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Thank you for your leadership in responding to the serious challenge of climate change. We applaud and support your Climate Action Plan, the joint announcement with China establishing ambitious carbon pollution reduction targets, and the national commitment to the Green Climate Fund. These actions are critical to protect Americans from the most dangerous effects of climate change." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/966103/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-bicameral-task-force-on-climate-change#.Va_xLnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Here are the facts: First, power plants, today, account for approximately one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, making them the single largest source of carbon pollution. The EPA plan will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants by an estimated 30 percent from 2005 levels. That is 730 million tons of carbon pollution that will not be emitted into the atmosphere, warming the climate and causing sea levels to rise." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889571/climate-change#.Va_11XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.Va_2l3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The shooting at Isla Vista is another heartbreaking tragedy, and another example of the senseless gun violence affecting our communities. What will it take to get the Congress moving on responsible gun safety laws?" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/874260/rep-schiff-urges-congress-to-pass-gun-safety-laws-after-isla-vista-shooting-what-will-it-take-to-get-congress-moving-on-responsible-gun-safety-laws#.VnrtXGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9489/adam-schiff/37#.Va_25XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor for H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act will provide stable coverage that cannot be taken away, won't be lost when you change jobs, and will provide bolstered and additional insurance choices in an invigorated and competitive system of market-based exchanges." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/689506/issue-position-health-care-reform#.Va_3v3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I am very pleased to see that the Supreme Court has upheld the health care reform law. These hard-passed reforms will be beneficial to the country […]." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/718561/rep-schiff-statement-on-supreme-court-health-care-decision#.Va_3TnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We believe it is undeniable that detention in a secure facility is detrimental to mothers and children and is not reflective of our values as a Nation. Children require special protections and should not be laced in jail-like settings." http://grijalva.house.gov/uploads/2015_5_27Family_Detention_Letter.pdf (grijalva.house.gov)
  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to call on Speaker Boehner to allow passage of the comprehensive immigration reform legislation. It is vital that we approach the issue of immigration with a sense of urgency, a spirit of compassion, and a commitment to security. Most important, reform must provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and allow them to emerge from the shadows." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/835364/immigration-reform#.Va_4VHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "As federal legislators who represent families across this nation, we believe that—like DOMA—state marriage bans deny our citizens the equal protection that the Constitution guarantees." http://www.democraticleader.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/258055-Brief-Appx.pdf (www.democraticleader.gov)
  • "Today is a huge day for the cause of equality -- by ruling that DOMA is an unconstitutional violation of equal protection, the Court has struck a momentous blow against discrimination and injustice, bringing us closer to our founding principle that all people are created equal. By dismissing the Prop 8 case, the Court has returned marriage equality to California." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/794092/rep-schiff-supreme-court-decisions-a-huge-day-for-cause-of-equality#.Va_4tXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9489/adam-schiff/76 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "No provision of American assistance or deployment of special operators, however, can eradicate ISIS unless our military efforts are twinned with an orderly transition in Syria from the Assad dictatorship to a new regime that is committed to safeguarding all of the Syrian people. Notwithstanding the efforts by Moscow and Tehran to prop up their ally in Damascus, Assad must go in order for ISIS to be defeated, Syria to remain unified, and for the humanitarian crisis to end. As long as he remains in power, the jihad will continue to draw in disaffected Syrians and young Muslims from the rest of the Middle East and elsewhere." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1022591/intelligence-committee-ranking-member-schiff-statement-on-decision-to-send-us-special-operations-forces-to-syria (votesmart.org)
  • "Ten months into an undeclared war against ISIS, Congress yet again dodged its responsibility to authorize the use of force […] Congressional abdication of our responsibility to declare war, or to deny authorization for war, sets a terrible precedent and shifts war-making powers substantially and inexorably towards the Executive." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/983928/house-narrowly-defeats-rep-schiff-amendment-forcing-vote-on-isis-war-authorization/?search=airstrikes#.VnrvPmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I don't think the answer is more Iranian-backed Shia militias. And I don't think the answer is American boots on the ground, but rather addressing some of the sectarian problems that have yet to peel the Sunni tribes away from ISIS." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1111137/cnn-the-situation-room-transcript-death-of-cfo-of-isis (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

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/373341/issue-position-social-security#.Va_7gXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Schiff is committed to protecting Social Security to ensure it continues to work for this generation and for future generations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/689508/issue-position-protecting-social-security#.Va_8FHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 97% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9489/adam-schiff/53 (votesmart.org)

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Inferred Answer

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