Schiff-Wilson Bill Restricting Tourist Travel to North Korea Passes Committee

Today, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific marked up and reported the North Korea Travel Control Act (H.R. 2372), introduced by Rep. Schiff and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), to the full committee. This bill would instruct the Secretary of State to restrict the use of U.S. passports for travel to North Korea when the primary purpose is tourism, and require all travelers to notify the State Department of their travel and seek prior approval. This latest action in the House com… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff on Trump’s Transgender Military Ban: "Ugly and Wrong"

- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement: "In February, President Trump made an unequivocal promise to the LGBT community to maintain existing federal non-discrimination protections. With his announcement this morning, Trump has reneged on his promise to the American people by disallowing transgender people to serve 'in any capacity' in the U.S. military. Simply put, Trump's anti-transgender pronouncement is ugly and wrong be… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on Reported Implementation of Travel Restrictions to North Korea by State Department

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the sponsor of the bipartisan North Korea Travel Control Act released the following statement: "I am pleased it appears the State Department will be implementing travel restrictions prohibiting US citizens from using their passports to visit North Korea. After the horrific treatment of Otto Warmbier, only the latest American detained by the regime, limiting US travel is unfortunately sensible and necessary. I introduced the bipartisan North Korea Travel Control A… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and increase regulation of campaign contributions and spending. In 2010, the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision struck down decades of restrictions on corporate campaign spending and allowed corporations to spend unlimited funds to run campaign advertisements. "The Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United overturned decades of legal precedent," Schiff said. "The regulatory process is at a… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Sends Letter of Concern to U.S. Forest Service over Contract Changes to Firefighting Helicopters

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), sent a letter to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell expressing concern over the decision by the Forest Service to change six Type 1 firefighting helicopters from "exclusive use" contracts to "call when needed" contracts, including a helicopter based in Lancaster, CA. "As we enter peak fire season in Southern California, I would like to know the implications of this decision on readiness and speed of response in the event of a fire, since as you are well a… Continue Reading


Is Moscow meddling in the presidential election? (USA Today)

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and state election offices in Arizona and Illinois can be traced to the Russian government itself or hackers sanctioned by it. But the president this week declined to threaten Moscow, or even directly declare it responsible. "We've had problems with cyber-intrusions from Russia in the past, from other countries in the past," Obama said after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 conference in China. But he didn't suggest r… Continue Reading


U.S. investigating potential covert Russian plan to disrupt November elections (Washington Post)

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the upcoming presidential election and in U.S. political institutions, intelligence and congressional officials said. The aim is to understand the scope and intent of the Russian campaign, which incorporates ­cyber-tools to hack systems used in the political process, enhancing Russia's ability to spread disinformation. The eff… Continue Reading


Key Islamic State official killed in Syria, group says (Los Angeles Times)

Lone wolves and Islamic State's most lethally trained operatives alike heeded his words -- and turned them into bloody deeds. Abu Muhammad Adnani, whose death was announced Tuesday by the extremist group, was a chief architect of its war against the West. He exhorted European-born fighters to commit attacks on home ground rather than joining the fight in Syria and Iraq - and pointed the way for those with no ties to the group to embrace "martyrdom" on its behalf. Adnani was killed while ov… Continue Reading


Climate Change and Its Impact on California Wildfires (Crescenta Valley Weekly)

The summer months in California bring with them a devastating but familiar threat - fire. This season is unfortunately no different as six active fires continue to burn across the state. That number would be even higher were it not for the swift and effective response from firefighters throughout California working to protect people, their homes and our natural resources. With nearly one hundred homes destroyed, in addition to historic landmarks in the area, the Blue Cut Fire was a particular… Continue Reading


Gun violence discussed at townhall sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank (LA Daily News)

Loren Lieb remembers the summer day gun violence changed her family's life. It was Aug. 10, 1999, when Buford Furrow walked in to the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills and opened fire. Five people were injured, including Lieb's son. The gunman later killed a postal worker. "You send your children to camp and you expect them to come home with a scratched knee or sunburn. You don't expect them to be shot," Lieb said as she spoke to a crowd gathered for a townhall on gun v… Continue Reading