Schiff's Congressional Challenger: He's 'Wasting Taxpayer Money' on Impeachment
Jennifer Barbosa says House Intelligence Committee Chairman ignoring the homeless crisis
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff's congressional challenger, Jennifer Barbosa, said he is wasting federal funds trying to impeach President Donald Trump while ignoring his state's homelessness crisis.
Speaking with "Fox & Friends" on Monday, Barbosa claimed that Schiff had not passed any legislation since 2012, adding that his only contribution to fighting homelessness was signing on with Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., rather than offer an original idea.
"Adam Schiff has been my congressman since 2012," Barbosa said.
"He became my congressman through the redistricting process," she said.
"Since he became my congressman, he has not presented any legislation that's become law," Barbosa added.
"In terms of homelessness, what he's done is he's basically rubber-stamped Maxine Waters' bill to deal with homelessness, and her bill essentially replicated the same failed policies that [L.A.] Mayor [Eric] Garcetti has implemented in our city over the past few years," she added.
"We know they're not working," Barbosa continued.
"So, what we need to do in terms of homelessness... we need to stop allocating federal funds for affordable housing which costs $500,000-700,000 per unit and really focus on mental health services for the people who are living on the street."
According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Schiff's 28th congressional district has seen homelessness soar over the past year, with 59,000 homeless people now living in Los Angeles County.
Barbosa argued that Schiff should be using his resources to help his home district, rather than trying to impeach Trump.
"Seeing the impeachment inquiry, when he's wasting all these resources — we know that Ken Starr's impeachment cost about $70 million," she said.
"That's $70 million that really could be spent on much better things in our district."
When in U.S. Congress in @AdamSchiff’s place, I promise to NOT commence $70 million doomed-to-fail Impeachment Hearings less than 1 year before a Presidential Election or 3 weeks before a November 21 government shutdown.— Barbosa for Congress (@TeamJenBarbosa) November 6, 2019
That’s not what representatives are elected or paid to do. pic.twitter.com/S2hFI8XW7V
Residents and business owners in Sacramento, CA, are speaking out about the city's growing rates of homelessness, as the homeless crisis in deep-blue California continues to spiral.
Recent figures show that the number of homeless people in the Californian capital has risen by a staggering 19 percent in the last two years.
The state itself has an estimated 130,000 people sleeping rough on the streets of California.
And while the problems are well-documented in downtown Los Angeles - where Skid Row is a symbol of the national crisis - or San Francisco - where nearly one person in every hundred lives on the streets - it's Sacramento where the problem is rising the fastest.
On Saturday, Schiff refused to say whether he would testify in the ongoing impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the Senate.
“There is nothing to testify about. I think if the president or his allies in the Senate persist, it means they are not serious about what they are doing.”