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VOLUME 15 NO. 02VOLUME 15 NO. 02





Schiff Shares What It Was 
Like To Be There, What It 
Means To The Country, And 
Where We Go From Here

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. 
Adam Schiff (D-CA) released 
the statement below following 
the insurrection at the United 
States Capitol:

“Now that the dust has settled, 
all too literally, on the events 
at the Capitol on Wednesday, I 
wanted to share a few thoughts 
on what it was like to be there, 
what it means to the country, 
and where we go from here. For 
the many of us that were present 
in Congress during 9/11, it 
brought back a flood of painful 
memories, but this time, the 
damage to our country was self-
inflicted, and this time, we are 
far from unified as a result.

“The storming of the Capitol 
was an act of insurrection, 
intended to disrupt the most 
fundamental act of our democracy 
– the peaceful transition of 
power. Both Houses of Congress 
and the Vice President gathered 
in a Joint Session in the Capitol 
to perform our duty under the 
12th Amendment, to certify and 
count the electoral votes cast by 
the States.

“In preparation for the Joint 
Session, and at the Speaker’s 
request, I had been working 
for months to study the Constitutional 
provisions and their 
history, to understand the role 
of the Vice President and Congress, 
and to foresee any objections 
that might be raised and 
how to handle them, and to help 
manage our effort on the floor 
along with Representatives Zoe 
Lofgren, Jamie Raskin and Joe 

“Shortly after the reading of the 
states began, a large group of 
Republicans, joined by the leadership 
of their conference, Kevin 
McCarthy and Steve Scalise, 
objected to counting the electors 
from Arizona and we divided 
into our respective houses 
to debate the matter.

“When I spoke on the House 
floor in opposition to this challenge 
to the votes of millions 
of Arizonans, I wanted to emphasize 
that these Republican 
objectors were violating their 
oaths to defend the Constitution, 
regardless of the outcome 
of their objection, and doing 
grave damage to our democracy:

‘Nor can we console ourselves 
with the intoxicating fiction that 
we can break that oath without 
consequence because doing so 
will not succeed in overturning 
the election. An oath is no less 
broken, when the breaking fails 
to achieve its end.

‘We must be mindful that any 
who seek to overturn an election, 
will do injury to our constitution, 
whatever the result. 
For just as the propagation 
of a dangerous 
myth about this election 
made this moment inevitable, 
our actions today 
will put another train 
in motion. This election 
will not be overturned, 
but what about the next? 
Or the one after that?

‘What shall we say when 
the our democratic legacy 
is no more substantial 
than the air, except that 
we brought trouble to 
our own house, and inherited 
the wind.’

“Indeed, although I did not 
know it, there was another train 
in motion only miles away. 
Nearby on the National Mall, 
the President of the United 
States was inciting a crowd of 
his supporters. He knowingly 
spread lies about fraudulent 
votes, suggesting that the election 
was stolen, and asserted 
that the Vice President could 
unilaterally overturn the results 
of a free and fair election 
in which 155 million Americans 
had cast their ballots. And then, 
he implored his crowd to go to 
the Capitol and do something 
about it. Trump even said he’d 
join them.

“And so they did. 

“The scene was everything 
you have seen on television 
and more. I was on the House 
Floor taking notes for a rebuttal 
speech I would make later, 
when the Speaker was whisked 
out of the room by security, 
followed immediately by the 
Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer. 
The mob had broken into the 
Capitol, we were informed, 
and were headed our way. Police 
were discharging tear gas, 
there were reports of gunshots, 
and we were told to take out the 
gas masks under each seat and 
prepare to put them on. One of 
my colleagues, a veteran, was 
yelling instructions — ‘breathe 
slowly under the hoods or you 
will pass out.’ That is when the 
mob reached the doors to the 
House chamber and started battering 
them and trying to break 
through. Capitol police pushed 
furniture in the way to barricade 
them out and drew their 
weapons. The mob broke the 
glass in the doors, and members 
were instructed by police to 
leave the chamber through the 
rear doors ASAP. We did.

“As bad as it was, it could have 
been worse. There were many 
in the violent mob who had every 
intent to attack people they 
judged to be their enemies, and 
several Democratic and Republican 
members told me to try to 
keep out of sight. As one Republican 
said, ‘I know these people 
and can talk to them. You are 
in a whole different situation.’ I 
don’t think he meant that he literally 
knew people in the mob, 
who were still disembodied 
and angry voices banging to get 
through the doors, only that he 
knew people like them and what 
they were capable of.

“Capitol police ushered us to a 
secure location. On the way, one 
of the Republican members was 
carrying a large wooden stand 
he had taken from the House 
chamber, the hand sanitizer still 
attached to its top. I could tell 
he meant to use it as a club, if 
he needed to. ‘You that worried 
about your safety?’ I asked him. 
‘Yes,’ he said, explaining that he 
had heard gun shots. I didn’t 
recognize him and only knew 
he was a member from the pin 
on his lapel. ‘How long have you 
been here?’ I asked, expecting 
him to tell me that he was in his 
second or third term in Congress. 
‘72 hours,’ he said. ‘I just 
got elected.’ I wasn’t sure what to 
say to reassure him, and merely 
deadpanned, ‘it’s not always like 

“As we waited for police and 
National Guard reinforcements 
to arrive, I discussed with my 
colleagues what our next steps 
should be. I felt strongly that we 
needed to resume the proceedings 
as soon as it was safe to do 
so, that we could not let these 
thugs interrupt the transition of 
power any more than they had 
already. I was pleased to see that 
sentiment was widely held.

“When we did resume, now in 
the evening, we voted down 
the objections to the Arizona 
electors, but nonetheless an 
astonishing number of Republicans 
still sought to overturn 
the results. And after resuming 
the Joint Session, Republicans 
objected to counting the certificates 
from yet another state, 
Pennsylvania. It was incredible 
to me that after all this, after 
seeing the clear and violent implication 
of their conduct, these 
members were not finished with 
their oath breaking.

“Late in the evening, I spoke 
again on the floor. Remarking 
on the fact that Franklin 
Roosevelt had given his Four 
Freedoms speech exactly eighty 
years earlier, highlighting the 
dangers of ‘poisonous propaganda’ 
to our democracy, I 
called on Republicans to stop. I 
emphasized the need for unity 
in the face of the attempted insurrection 
and a pandemic that 
is killing thousands of us every 


Sierra Madre cases jumped from 266 at the 
end of December to 338 as of Friday, January 
8, 2021.

LA County Public Health reported over 200 daily 
deaths this week. For comparison, the County on 
average has approximately 170 deaths each day from 
all other causes combined, including heart disease, 
cancer, stroke, diabetes, car crashes, suicides, and 

Of the 318 new deaths reported today, 114 people that 
passed away were over the age of 80, 107 people who 
died were between the ages of 65 and 79, 61 people 
who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, 24 people 
who died were between the ages of 30 and 49, and 
two people who died were between the ages of 18 and 
29.Seven deaths were reported by the City of Long
Beach and two deaths were reported by the City of

Public Health reminds everyone to talk to a healthcare 
provider and get a test for COVID-19 if you have 
symptoms of COVID-19. If you have symptoms or 
test positive for COVID-19, isolate immediately from 
your family and others. COVID-19 symptoms include:

Fever or chills


Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing


Runny or stuffy nose

Muscle or body aches


Sore throat

Nausea or vomiting


New loss of taste or smell

If you are 65 years old and older or have a health 
problem such as a chronic disease or a weak immune 
system, it is particularly important to let your doctor 
know that you have these new symptoms. If you need 
help finding a doctor, call the Los Angeles County Information 
line 2-1-1, which is available 24/7.

You should seek immediate emergency medical attention 
if you, or a person you know, exhibits the following 

Trouble breathing

Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

New confusion

Inability to wake or stay awake

Bluish lips or face

If you, or a person you know develop these symptoms, 
go to an emergency room or call 911.

There are 8,074 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized 
and 20% of these people are in the ICU. The 
3-day average for daily hospitalizations is 8,065; the
highest the County has ever experienced.


The California Department of Public Health on 
Thursday announced that vaccinations can now 
expand to all three tiers within Phase 1A. Starting 
Monday, the registration system will include 
all frontline healthcare workers who qualify 
within Phase 1A. The aim is to have all persons 
prioritized in Phase 1A vaccinated by the end of 
January. In addition, vaccinations are proceeding 
rapidly with staff and residents at skilled nursing 
facilities. The federal partnership with CVS and 
Walgreens will begin vaccinating at other long-
term care facilities starting next week.

Public Health is expanding vaccination sites. This 
week we opened 19 vaccination sites across the 
county for persons within Phase 1A to receive 
vaccination. Next week, we plan to open 75 additional 
sites for these priority groups, including 
four federally qualified health centers, a community 
hospital, and 70 retail pharmacies throughout 
the county to help administer vaccinations to 
healthcare workers within Phase 1A.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccination 
plans in LA County and to sign up for a vaccination 
newsletter, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.

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