Press Releases

04.30.14

Rep. Schiff Announces White House Will Display Armenian Orphan Rug

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that the White House has agreed to exhibit the "Armenian Orphan Rug" in the near future, likely this fall. The rug, woven by orphans of the Armenian Genocide in 1920, was presented to President Calvin Coolidge in 1925 as a symbol of gratitude for American aid and generosity for U.S. assistance during the genocide. The Armenian Orphan Rug, which measures 11'7" x 18'5", has over 4,000,000 hand-tied knots and took the Armenian … Continue Reading


04.29.14

Rep. Schiff Announces Winners of Congressional Art Competition

Burbank, CA -This weekend, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) hosted the annual 28th District Congressional Art Competition Forum and Exhibit at Van De Kamp Hall in Descanso Gardens. During the exhibit, attended by more than 200 students, teachers and parents, Schiff announced that Celynne Hebron's piece "This Too Shall Pass" had won first place and will be included in the nationwide Congressional Arts Competition: An Artistic Discovery in Washington, D.C. Her artwork will hang in the United States … Continue Reading


04.24.14

Rep. Schiff Statement on 99th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

Washington, DC -Today,Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the lead sponsor of the Armenian Genocide recognition resolution in Congress, released the following statement on the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, after recently delivering a "open letter" to the Turkish people on the floor of the House of Representatives, urging them to acknowledge the genocide:"Ninety-nine years ago, the Ottoman Empire launched an all-out assault on its Armenian population. In a brutal campaign of massacres, fo… Continue Reading


04.14.14

Rep. Schiff Announces Annual Art Contest and Online Voting for "People's Choice" Winner

Burbank, CA- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that he will host the annual Congressional Art Competition Forum & Exhibit for the 28th District, featuring high school students' artwork from the region, on Sunday, April 27. The Congressional Art Competition is an annual contest, with submissions from across the country. The winner from each Congressional District has their work displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. In addition, Schiff has opened up the competition with a "Pe… Continue Reading


04.10.14

Forty Members, Led by Rep. Schiff, Urge President to Quickly Declassify Senate Report on CIA Interrogation Program

Washington, DC -Today, 40 Members of Congress, led by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to quickly declassify the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report's conclusions on the CIA's enhanced interrogation program, as well as the dissenting views and CIA response to the report. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last week voted to declassify the committee's report by a vote of 11-3, and the timeliness of its release will depend on the… Continue Reading


04.03.14

Rep. Schiff and 25 West Coast Members Urge Funding to Construct Earthquake Early Warning System

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was joined by 25 Members from California, Washington and Oregon in sending a letter to the Appropriations Committee urging them to fully fund an earthquake early warning system. A limited system developed by Caltech, UC-Berkeley and University of Washington, in conjunction with the United State Geological Survey (USGS), has already been deployed and has proven that the early warning technology is sound. Schiff's letter requests additional funding f… Continue Reading


04.02.14

Reps. Adam Schiff and Walter Jones Introduce Bipartisan Bill Requiring Annual Reporting on Drone Casualties

Washington, DC -Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, and Walter Jones (R-NC), a member of the House Committee on Armed Services, introduced legislation - the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act - to require an annual report on the number of combatants and civilians killed or injured annually by strikes from remotely piloted aircraft, also known as drones. The requirement is retroactive for five years so that trends can be assessed. It also requires … Continue Reading


04.02.14

Rep. Schiff Statement on Returning from Congressional Trip to Ukraine – "We Must Do More to Respond"

Washington, DC -Last night, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee and State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, returned from a congressional delegation trip (CODEL) to Ukraine and Lithuania. During the trip, he assessed the situation on the ground in Ukraine, talked with government, military and intelligence officials, attended a NATO conference in Lithuania, and discussed the concerns in the Baltic states with the situation in Ukraine and Crime… Continue Reading


03.25.14

Rep. Schiff Applauds Administration Decision to End Bulk Collection, Require Court Approval Prior to Seeking Telephone Metadata From Providers

Washington, DC -Today, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the House Intelligence Committee, commended the Administration for taking another important step to fulfill the promises made by the President in his speech earlier this year to reform the metadata program. Responding to reports that the White House will soon end bulk collection and allow the carriers to retain their own data, Schiff stated:"The decision by the White House that they will transition away from bulk coll… Continue Reading


03.24.14

Schiff, Feinstein and Los Angeles Congressional Delegation to FAA: Yet to See Any Progress on Helicopter Noise

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta saying that they have yet to see any demonstrated or significant progress towards reducing helicopter noise nearly a year after their initial report. The letter comes on the heels of a meeting with the FAA in which the agency failed to produce a plan to meet its Congressional mandate to reduce helicopter noise, failed to i… Continue Reading


03.19.14

Rep. Schiff, Colleagues Send Letter to President Urging Executive Order Prohibiting Discrimination Against LGBT Americans

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and 195 House and Senate colleagues sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to sign an executive order banning contractors from receiving federal contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Such a step, which could be implemented without Congressional action, would extend protections against employment discrimination on the basis of LGBT status to millions of additional … Continue Reading


03.11.14

Rep. Schiff: Administration Must Provide Post-9/11 Detention and Interrogation Report to Congress and American Public

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after a speech delivered in the Senate by Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein:"The House and Senate Intelligence Committees have long worked closely with the Intelligence Community to ensure that not only are we protecting our country from possible attack, but also ensuring that our civil liberties and principles endure, even when we face threats at… Continue Reading


03.06.14

Rep. Schiff Speech in Support of Legislation to Assist Ukraine: "Cold War is Over, and Territorial Aggression by Russia Will Not Resurrect Its Empire"

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, voted for and spoke on the House Floor in support of bipartisan legislation, H.R. 4152, which would provide for the cost of loan guarantees for Ukraine. The legislation passed the House this afternoon.The full speech can be viewed here."Mr. Speaker, I stand today with the people of Ukraine and in strong support of this legislation, which … Continue Reading


03.04.14

Rep. Schiff – President Obama's Budget an Improvement for Planetary Science But Still Insufficient, Greater Investment Needed for Mars, Europa

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), a member of the Appropriations Committee's Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee, released the following statement after the President's budget included $1.28 billion for planetary science, an amount he called better, but still insufficient to maintain America's leadership:"The budget proposal for planetary science is significantly better than in past years, but is still far below the levels approved by Congress and isn't sufficient to … Continue Reading


02.28.14

Rep. Schiff on Ukraine – Congress Stands Ready to Impose Substantial Costs on Russia for Violations on Ukrainian Sovereignty

Washington, DC- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee and State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement after President Obama briefed the nation on developments in Ukraine warning Russia that "there will be costs" to Russian intervention in Ukraine:"I applaud President Obama's strong statement of solidarity with the Ukrainian people, and his warning against any Russian violation of Ukraine's… Continue Reading


02.18.14

Rep. Schiff To Host Capitol Hill Event Honoring America's Relief Efforts To Victims of Armenian Genocide

Washington, DC - On March 3, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a lead sponsor of the Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution (H.Res.227), will host a Capitol Hill event honoring America's relief efforts to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, a campaign that helped launch a century of unparalleled U.S. leadership in meeting humanitarian needs around the world. This event will serve to educate Capitol Hill lawmakers, staff and the community about America's efforts to help Armenians after they… Continue Reading


02.18.14

Rep. Schiff Announces First Annual Congressional Student STEM Challenge – Students To Build App

Burbank, CA -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced the launch the first annual congressional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) academic competition, the House Student App Challenge, for the 28th Congressional District. The theme for the first year of the competition is Computer Science; challenging students to develop an application ("app").Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is part of a nationwide event that invites high school stu… Continue Reading


02.11.14

Schiff, Homeowners to FAA on Helicopter Noise – Your Timeline is Not Good Enough

Washington, DC - Almost six months after Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and other Los Angeles area lawmakers, including Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), sent a letter asking for a timeline to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)'s Los Angeles Helicopter Noise Initiative, the agency finally responded to the Los Angeles lawmakers (letter can be found here). This comes on the heels of legislation passed last month requiring the FAA to act within the year to reduce helic… Continue Reading


02.07.14

Rep. Schiff Statement on FISA Court Approval of Limits on NSA Telephone Metadata Program

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court approved President Obama's request to require National Security Agency (NSA) officials obtain a court order first and limit the number of "hops":"The announcement that the FISA Court has agreed to a motion to modify the telephone metadata program is an important step on the road to reform, and consistent with the … Continue Reading


02.06.14

Rep. Schiff Announces 2013-2014 Nominations to U.S. Service Academies

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that he has nominated fourteen students from the 28th Congressional District for appointments to U.S. service academies for the class of 2018. Four of the five United States service academies require a Congressional nomination in order to receive an appointment."Each one of these students has compiled an outstanding resume of accomplishments, excelled in extracurricular activities and sports, and demonstrated excellence in academics,… Continue Reading

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