Press Releases

10.03.13

Rep. Schiff Floor Speech on Impact of Government Shutdown on Intelligence Community

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a member of both the Intelligence Committee and Appropriations Committee, spoke about the harmful effects that the government shutdown has had on the Intelligence Community, and urged the House Majority to pass a clean funding bill with no extraneous riders:"As we approach the end of the first week of the GOP shutdown, I want to highlight the impact it is having on just on sector of our government - the intelligence community. As DNI Clapper and N… Continue Reading


10.01.13

Rep. Schiff Statement – Congress Must Pass a Clean Funding Bill, Enough is Enough

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after the House refused to pass a clean continuing resolution, clean of any riders defunding or changing Obamacare:"Tonight, the House Majority failed to fulfill one of Congress' most basic obligations - to pay the bills on time and keep the lights on. It's my hope that in the coming hours and days, cooler heads within the House Republican Conference will prevail, and we will be able to pass a clean bill to fund the … Continue Reading


09.30.13

Rep. Schiff Report: Impact of a Government Shutdown on Southern California Families and Economy

Washington, DC - If the government fails to pass a continuing resolution by midnight tonight (September 30th), the federal government must shut down. In a shutdown, elements of the federal government that need to be funded by Congress each year in order to operate must close. Some government functions continue during a shutdown, such as active duty military, programs written into permanent law, postal service and air traffic control.Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank): "Congressional Republicans have… Continue Reading


09.27.13

Rep. Schiff: Support Alternative 20 in Los Angeles River Study

Angeles, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) released the following statement supporting Alternative 20 in the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Study and encouraged constituents to weigh in during the 45 day comment period and join a rally planned for tomorrow at Marsh Street Nature Park:"Since 2010, when I worked with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard to designate the L.A. River as part of the Department of the Interior's 'America's Great Outdoors' program - the Army Corps of Engi… Continue Reading


09.25.13

Rep. Schiff: Administration Must Act Now to Extend Humanitarian Parole for Syrian Refugees

Washington, DC - Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) wrote nearly six months ago to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano urging her to use her authority to extend humanitarian parole - which would provide a temporary visa for those in an emergency situation - to the estimated six thousand Syrian nationals with approved immigrant petitions. This would allow Syrians who have been waiting for a visa to reunite with their family members in the United States wi… Continue Reading


09.20.13

Schiff Statement on the Two Year Anniversary of the End of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff released the following statement on the two year anniversary of the end of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy:"In the two years since the military brought the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy to an end, we have made tremendous strides towards full equality for all LGBT Americans. I have proudly supported these efforts and will continue to fight for justice and equal treatment under the law, as there is still work t… Continue Reading


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

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