Press Releases


Rep. Schiff Introduces Legislation to Restructure NSA Telephone Metadata Program

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, introduced the Telephone Metadata Reform Act, which would restructure the telephone metadata program by specifically removing call records from the types of information the Government can obtain under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. Instead, records would be obtained on a case by case basis from the telephone companies subject to approval by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Schiff's propo… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Joins with President Obama at White House to Help Announce Los Angeles Promise Zone

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) joined President Barack Obama to help announce the first five "Promise Zones," which will include one located in the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Hollywood, East Hollywood, Koreatown, Westlake and Pico Union - the other zones will be located in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. First announced by the President during last year's State of the Union Address, the Promise Zone Initiative is a way … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Announces $20 Million Grant to Repair Tunnel Damaged During July Fuel-Tanker Fire

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a grant to Caltrans to help pay for the repairs to a tunnel linking the northbound 5 and 2 freeways which was damaged by a fuel-tanker fire in July. After the accident and ensuing fire, Caltrans said "intense heat from the tanker fire caused extensive damage to the pavement, walls, support columns, drainage and lighting." This grant for $20 million from the DOT's Fede… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff – House Must Take Up Unemployment Insurance

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after the Senate broke the filibuster on legislation to extend long-term unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans and 222,000 Californians who lost their jobless benefits:"It's unconscionable that long-term unemployment insurance has not been extended. The millions who are unemployed are looking for work, not a handout. Speaker Boehner has the power to bring up a bill to extend unemployment compensation at … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Comments on the New York Times Report on Benghazi

Washington, DC -- On Sunday morning, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to discuss the recent NYT report on the Benghazi attack. Since the tragic attack on U.S. facilities Benghazi, Schiff has rejected claims that the Obama Administration designed talking points with an intention to mislead the public about the nature of the attacks. The original talking points incorrectly asserted that the attacks began as a sp… Continue Reading


Rep. Adam Schiff Requests Armenian Orphan Rug for Capitol Hill Event from the White House

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting that the White House lend the Ghazir rug, more commonly known as the Armenian Orphan Rug, be lent out for an event on Capitol Hill hosted by Schiff with survivors, historians, members of the Armenian-American community, and Members of Congress and their staff to highlight the efforts made by the American government to aid the Armenian community after the first genocide in the 20th century. Schiff p… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Praises Changes Proposed by NSA Reform Panel to End Bulk Collection of American's Telephone Metadata

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, praised reported changes proposed by the President's NSA review panel that would end the program that collects metadata on phone calls made in the United States, an idea Schiff first proposed years ago in the Intelligence Committee. "I am pleased to learn that the President's taskforce studying NSA reforms will recommend ending the bulk collection of American's telephone call records, among other usefu… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff on Anniversary of Newtown Shooting: We Must Keep Pushing for Gun Safety

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a former federal prosecutor and advocate for gun safety legislation, released the following statement to mark the one year anniversary on Saturday of the shootings at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school, urging Congress to take up commonsense gun violence reform legislation:"One year after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that took the lives of twenty children and six teachers, Congress has compounded the tragedy by failing to tak… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff: Not Extending Unemployment Insurance Would Put a Lump of Coal into Families' Stockings This Holiday Season

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a member of the Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after a budget agreement was reached between Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan last night, and urged Congress to extend unemployment insurance before leaving town for the holidays:"I appreciate the work that the budget negotiators have done to replace the sequester with a more rational budget process, and I will be evaluating the specifics to determine whether it is some… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on Deal Reached With Iran on Nuclear Weapon Development

Washington, DC -- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement:"The agreement reached today between the world powers and Iran is a positive step forward in the diplomatic effort to roll back Iran's nuclear program. This interim deal, which provides limited and reversible relief from sanctions for a six month period, requires Iran to eliminate its stockpile of uranium enriched to 20 percent, and freezes its 3.5 percent st… Continue Reading


Rep. Adam Schiff Offers Amendments in Intelligence Committee Markup to Increase Transparency on U.S. Drone Use

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, offered two amendments to the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 during a markup of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that would increase the transparency and accountability of the use of drones. The first amendment would have required an annual report of both combatant and non-combatant deaths and injuries by drone strikes. The second would require the preparation… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff to Administration – Armenian Orphan Rug is a Cherished Symbol of Armenian Resilience, A Symbol Worthy of the Smithsonian

Washington DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) called on the Obama Administration to allow exhibition of the "Armenian Orphan Rug" at the Smithsonian Museum. The rug, woven by orphans of the Armenian Genocide in 1920, was presented to President Calvin Coolidge in 1925 as thanks for U.S. assistance during the genocide. The rug - which has been in storage at the White House for decades - was supposed to be released for exhibition in a Smithsonian event for the launch of Hagop Martin Deranian's new… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff, California Representatives Urge White House to Fully Fund Earth Quake Early Warning System

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), joined by Representatives Judy Chu (CA-27), Jackie Speier (CA-14), Sam Farr (CA-20), Tony Cardenas (CA-29), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Mike Honda (CA-17), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Lois Capps (CA-24), Raul Ruiz (CA-36), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Anna Eshoo (CA-18), Scott Peters (CA-52) and Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), urged the White House's Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to provide the highest … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Highlights New Report on Immunity Shield Enjoyed by Gun Manufacturers and Dealers

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a former federal prosecutor who has introduced legislation to ensure that the victims of gun violence are allowed to have their day in court and that the gun industry - manufacturers, sellers and interest groups - is not shielded from liability when it acts with negligence and disregard for public safety, highlighted a new report by the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence titled "Justice Denied: The Case Against Gun Industry Immunity." This repo… Continue Reading


Members of Los Angeles Delegation to FAA – Complete Actions of Helicopter Noise Report

Washington, DC - Today, Representatives Adam Schiff, Henry Waxman, Brad Sherman, Karen Bass, Janice Hahn, Tony Cardenas and Alan Lowenthal, and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta, to request that the agency release its schedule for completing the next steps identified in the FAA's Report on the Los Angeles Helicopter Noise Initiative. At a field hearing hosted by Rep. Schiff in June, the FAA promise… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff to Postal Service – Don't Proceed With Relocation of WeHo San Vicente Post Office

West Hollywood, CA -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) called on U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to cancel plans for the relocation of retail operations at the West Hollywood Branch Post Office on San Vicente Boulevard. In a letter to the USPS, Schiff expressed his concern that relocation to the proposed site will not adequately compensate for closure of retail services at the existing San Vicente site and will pose a tremendous inconvenience to the city's residents.Schiff is a supporter of a large… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Currently Accepting Applications for Service Academy Nominations

Burbank, CA - Each year, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) nominates students from the 28th Congressional District for appointment to one of the four United States service academies which require a Congressional nomination. With these appointments, students are provided a free college education at a nationally-recognized academic institution, while preparing for an officer's commission in our nation's armed forces. Nominations are required for all but the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, to which appointmen… Continue Reading


Rep. Adam Schiff – "Long Nightmare is Coming to an End, Need Fundamental Change in How Congress Operates to Make Sure It doesn't Happen Again"

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), a member of the Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after he voted for legislation to re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling:"Now that this divisive and economically destructive ordeal is coming to an end, we need to change how Congress operates so we put an end to these recurrent man-made crises. We cannot allow a small group of members to hold the government and the nation's credit hostage to an unrelat… Continue Reading


Rep. Adam Schiff – "Debt Ceiling Must Be Raised By Thursday, Default is Not an Option"

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) released the following statement about the immediate need to raise the debt ceiling - the statutory limit of borrowing that must be raised if federal government is to have the capacity to pay its past bills, such as bond holders, Social Security recipients, our military and veterans and other programs:"As if closing the government down wasn't bad enough, the House Majority is now flirting with additional disaster by risking default on our debt… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on Capture of Pakistani Taliban Commander

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement on the capture of Latif Mehsud, a senior leader of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan:"The capture of Latif Mehsud, a leader of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, is good news and another blow to those engaged in terrorizing innocent civilians. As a top commander of TTP and close ally of Hakimullah Mehsud, he can provide vital intelligence on the operations of this murderou… Continue Reading

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