Congressional Freedom of the Press Caucus Calls for Immediate Release of Ukrainian Journalist Held by Russia-backed Separatist Militants in Eastern Ukraine

U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Co-Chairs of the Freedom of the Press Caucus, today released the following statement: "As co-chairs of the Congressional Press Freedom Caucus, we are deeply concerned by reports that Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseyev continues to be held by Russia-backed separatist militants of the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic' (DNR) in eastern Ukraine since June 2017. Mr. Aseyev reported for various Ukrainian media and for… Continue Reading


Schiff Introduces Resolution Urging Trump Administration to Support Improved Infant Nutrition Through Breastfeeding Education and Protection

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and fourteen other members introduced a resolution in the House laying out the overwhelming scientific case for breastfeeding where possible and appropriate, and urging that all women be educated about their options. This follows recent opposition by the United States to a resolution introduced by Ecuador in the United Nations World Health Assembly supporting breastfeeding science and proper education of women. The resolution introduced this week in the House… Continue Reading


Schiff Asks HHS for Update on Implementation of HIPAA Provisions Allowing Providers to Share Health Information with Families During Certain Crisis Situations

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and other members sent a bipartisan letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting HHS provide an update on the implementation of the Compassionate Communication on HIPAA provisions authorized under the 21st Century Cures Act. Health care providers have broad ability to disclose limited protected health information to caregivers making good faith efforts to care for a family member with severe mental illness, based on their professio… Continue Reading


Schiff, Feinstein and Harris Urge FAA to Reconsider Plans to Terminate Support for Helicopter Noise Complaint System

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris (both D-Calif.) and other members of the Los Angeles delegation sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell urging the FAA to reconsider plans to terminate funding for the Los Angeles Automated Noise Complaint System. In the letter, Schiff, Feinstein and Harris ask the FAA to continue funding the system as well as make improvements to it in order to more accurately trac… Continue Reading


Schiff Statement on Visit to Facility Housing Children from Migrant Families

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) released the following statement after touring a shelter facility in Fullerton, California that is housing children from migrant families that have been separated at the border: "These kids have everything but what they need - their parents. The staff is caring, the facilities were clean, but there is no way to make up for the trauma of a child being separated from their parent. Our top priority should be reuniting these kids with their parents as soon as pos… 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