Press Releases

09.20.13

Rep. Schiff Statement on Armenian Independence Day

Washington DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement on the 22nd anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Armenia:"I am so pleased to join with the vibrant Armenian community that I represent and proudly say 'Oorakh Angakhootyan Or,' as we recognize the 22nd anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Armenia."The road to independence has not been easy, but time has proven that Armenians are survivors in the truest sense of the word-survivors of foreig… Continue Reading


09.20.13

Rep. Schiff Introduces Legislation to Reform FISA Court and Allow Independent, Public Interest Advocate

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, introduced legislation, the Ensuring Adversarial Process in the FISA Court Act. This legislation would allow non-governmental attorneys to participate before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) as "Public Interest Advocates" in significant constitutional cases and reviews of major surveillance programs. "By allowing a public interest advocate to participate in certain cases and adv… Continue Reading


09.17.13

Rep. Schiff – New Grant for Burbank Will Allow Police Department to Hire Three New Officers

Burbank, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) had awarded the City of Burbank Police Department $375,000 to create three new officer positions. This is part of a statewide effort totaling nearly $20 million to 39 departments throughout the state of California, aimed at creating 105 law enforcement positions. The COPS Hiring Program offers grants to state, local and tribal law enforcement age… Continue Reading


09.16.13

Reps. Schiff and Cárdenas to Host Service Academy Night in Tujunga for Interested High School Students

Tujunga, CA -On Thursday, September 26, Reps. Adam Schiff and Tony Cárdenas will host a Service Academy Night for high school students interested in applying for admission to one of our nation's service academies - the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, the Naval Academy at Annapolis, the Coast Guard Academy at New London and the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. At the event students and parents will be able to learn about the applicati… Continue Reading


09.10.13

Rep. Schiff Statement on Russian Proposal on Syrian Chemical Weapons

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement on the recent developments with the Russian proposal on Syrian chemical weapons:"Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that a U.S. strike on Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure could be avoided if Assad gave up his chemical weapons stockpile. Within hours, the idea was picked up by the Russian foreign minister who called on Syria to put its arsenal of … Continue Reading


09.03.13

Rep. Schiff Statement on Syria

Washington, DC -- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after briefings by the Administration over the past few days:"During the past ten days I have been receiving updated intelligence briefings and reports, and the evidence is now compelling that the Assad regime gassed its own people on August 21, killing about 1400 including over 400 children. This evidence of chemical attack comes from intelligence sources, resp… Continue Reading


08.16.13

Rep. Schiff Statement on Reports of an Internal Audit of NSA Surveillance Programs

Washington, DC - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after reports were released of an internal National Security Administration (NSA) audit of its surveillance programs:"The latest report speaks, once again, to the need to strengthen the oversight of our intelligence operations. The intelligence community is populated with thousands of dedicated professionals, but some amount of human error is inevitable, and mistakes nee… Continue Reading


08.15.13

Rep. Schiff Statement on the Violence in Egypt

Washington, DC - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after President Obama announced earlier today that he had canceled a joint military exercise with Egypt in the wake of violent protests resulting in over 500 casualties across Egypt:"President Obama was right to rebuke Egypt's military leaders for the horrific bloodbath that took place yesterday. Nothing can justify the brutality that was visited upon largely peaceful protest… Continue Reading


08.14.13

Rep. Schiff Praises Pentagon's Decision to Extend Rights to Same-Sex Married Couples

Washington, DC - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) released the following statement after the Department of Defense announced its plan to grant same-sex spouses of military service members federal benefits as early as September:"Today's announcement that the Department of Defense will extend to legally married same-sex couples the same privileges and programs that are provided to legally married heterosexual couples, including health and housing benefits, is another important step on this nation's ro… Continue Reading


08.09.13

Rep. Schiff Praises Steps for Further Transparency of FISA Court - Renews Call to Restructure Metadata Program

Washington, DC - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee released the following statement after the President's press conference today:"Today's announcement by the President that he is committed to making the intelligence community more transparent, as well as making changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and Section 215 of the Patriot Act is an encouraging development. The Administration and Congress must now work together to make this commitme… Continue Reading


07.31.13

Rep. Schiff Praises Declassification of Metadata Program Documents, Pushes for Greater Transparency and Reforms

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) declassified documents pertaining to the collection of telephone metadata pursuant to Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, and pushed for further transparency and changes to the program and FISA Court:"The decision by the Obama Administration to declassify further information about the NSA phone metadata program is a positive… Continue Reading


07.24.13

Rep. Schiff Votes for Amash/Conyers Amendment, Pushes for Further Discussion of Metadata Issue

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after voting for the Amash/Conyers amendment, pushing for further discussion and reform of the NSA phone metadata program:"I have thought long and hard about the Amash/Conyers amendment to end the bulk collection of information under Sec. 215 of the PATRIOT Act. I have concerns about the amendment and I have particular misgivings about significantly altering the FISA au… Continue Reading


07.24.13

Rep. Schiff Offers Amendment Sunsetting Authorization for Use of Military Force– "AUMF Never Intended to Authorize a War Without End"

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, offered an amendment to the annual Defense appropriations which would prohibit the use of funds pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) on December 31, 2014 - effectively sunsetting the law. By the end of 2014, the last American combat troops will rotate out of Afghanistan and the responsibility for that nation's security will have passed to the Afghan people. This amendment cl… Continue Reading


07.24.13

Rep. Schiff Meets with Interns from Armenian National Committee of America and Armenian Assembly of America

Washington - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) met with several interns from the Armenian National Committee of America in his Washington D.C. office. The interns discussed their work at the ANCA and priorities for the Armenian-American community, both in Congress and at home. They were also given a chance to ask Rep. Schiff questions about his work in Congress and to suggest ideas for legislation."I am always pleased to see young people in our country engaging in public service and the legisl… Continue Reading


07.18.13

Rep. Schiff Announces House Appropriations Committee Funding for Planetary Science Almost $100 Million Over President's Request

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced the House Appropriations Committee had passed an FY 2014 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations package that included $1.315 billion for planetary science within NASA's budget. Earlier this year, it was announced that the Obama Administration was requesting $1.217 billion for planetary science. With the bipartisan support of Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and ranking member Chaka Fattah (D-PA), and at the urging of Reps. Schiff and Jo… Continue Reading


07.17.13

Rep. Schiff To Introduce Legislation Requiring Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Judges to be Nominated by the President and Confirmed by the Senate

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee, announced he will introduce legislation which would require that the 11 judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The bill would maintain the 7-year term of service on the FISC."In order to ensure that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court remains a truly independent check on the executive branch, these important … Continue Reading


07.10.13

Reps. Schiff, Woodall, and Polis Announce $20 Million in Additional Funding Secured in Appropriations Bill for Cutting-Edge Energy Program

Washington, DC - Last night, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rob Woodall (R-GA) and Jared Polis (D-CO) passed a bipartisan amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill which would boost funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) by $20 million, to a total of $70 million a year. Started in 2009, ARPA-E is a revolutionary program that has advanced high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment.ARPA-E is modeled after an i… Continue Reading


06.27.13

Reps. Adam Schiff, Barbara Lee and Mike Quigley Announce $3 Million in Additional Funding for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Secured in Appropriations Bill

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) announced that the Appropriations Committee had passed their amendment to the annual Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill which would increase funding for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program by $3 million.HOPWA funding provides housing assistance and related supportive services and grantees are encouraged to develop community-wide strategies… Continue Reading


06.26.13

Rep. Schiff: Supreme Court Decisions a Huge Day for Cause of Equality

Washington, DC- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional on equal protection grounds and dismissed a case involving California's Proposition 8, making marriage equality legal in California again:"Today is a huge day for the cause of equality - by ruling that DOMA is an unconstitutional violation of equal protection, the Court has struck a momentous blow against discrimination an… Continue Reading


06.25.13

Rep. Schiff: Deeply Disappointed in Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Part of Voting Rights Act

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and localities still need federal monitoring:"I'm deeply disappointed that a narrow 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act today. The fact that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act has been an effective tool to p… Continue Reading

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