Press Releases


Rep. Schiff Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Penalties for Straw Purchases of Firearms

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced the Straw Purchaser Penalty Enhancement Act, which would create a new two-year sentence for certain "straw purchasers" of firearms. Straw purchasers in the United States are responsible for many of the illegal firearm transfers to the Mexican drug cartels. The limited federal penalties have provided prosecutors with little leverage in their efforts to tackle cartel violence. Schiff's legislation would provide prosecutors with a new tool … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Urges California Department of Public Health to Move Quickly to Establish Limits for Chromium 6 in Drinking Water and Condemns Delays

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent a letter to California Department of Public Health's (CDPH) Director Ron Chapman urging the department to move quickly to establish a Maximum Containment Level (MCL) for Chromium 6. Before treatment, underground water from some local wells contains between 45 and 70 parts per billion of Chromium 6. It was recently announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency planned to install 30 wells in the Glendale-Burbank area this month to moni… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Hosts Town Hall at JPL

Pasadena, CA- Yesterday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hosted a town hall for Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) employees in the Theodore von Kármán Auditorium to discuss his concerns with the recent cuts to the NASA Budget, and particularly the Mars program, and to hear the views of JPL employees. After the President announced the cuts, Schiff vowed to fight them "tooth and nail" in the Congress."I am always inspired by meeting with the brilliant people at JPL," said Rep. Adam Schiff. "It… Continue Reading


Rep. Adam Schiff Statement on 9th Circuit Decision Striking Down California Law on Armenian Genocide-Era Insurance Claims

Pasadena, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after the 9th Circuit ruled in the Movsesian v.Versicherung case, effectively barring Armenian-Americans from seeking the return of stolen Armenian Genocide-era insurance assets through U.S. courts, under California law:"I am deeply disappointed and mystified by this decision and cannot see how the 9th Circuit could have reached such a flawed legal conclusion. I will be studying the decision in the coming days an… Continue Reading


Statement of Rep. Adam Schiff on the Deaths of Two Journalists in Syria

Washington, D.C.- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), co-chair of the Press Freedom Caucus, released the following statement after two journalists, Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times of London and photographer Rémi Ochlik, were killed during an attack by the Syrian Army on a rebel stronghold:"As the Syrian government continues its horrendous campaign of violence against its own people, journalists are increasingly caught in the cross hairs. Now the Syrian government can add two more courag… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Applauds Passage of Payroll Tax Cut Extension for Middle Class Families

Washington, D.C.- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved a payroll tax cut extension through 2012 by a vote of 293-132, extended unemployment compensation, and prevented a cut to physician reimbursements under Medicare: "While our economy is making definite progress, we still have a long way to go. We can't afford to damage the fragile recovery when millions of Americans are still out of work, and millions more are… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on Passing of New York Times Correspondent Anthony Shadid

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Member of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Co-Founder of the Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press, released the following statement about the passing of New York Times Correspondent Anthony Shadid while reporting from Syria: "As a foreign correspondent for many different papers over the years, Anthony Shadid informed our world view, gave us insights no other journalist could, and bore witness to history being made… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on Meeting with NASA Administrator

Washington, D.C.- Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement this afternoon following his meeting with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to discuss the agency's 2013 budget proposal, which will be released on February 13, 2012:"Today I met with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to express my dismay over widespread reports that NASA's latest budget proposes to dramatically reduce the planetary science program, and with it, ground breaking missions to Mars and outer planetary bodies … Continue Reading


Schiff Statement on Attorney General Eric Holder's Sixth Congressional Testimony on "Gun Walking" Investigation

Thursday, February 02, 2012Contact: Jeff Lowenstein, (202) 225-4176Schiff Statement on Attorney General Eric Holder's Sixth Congressional Testimony on "Gun Walking" InvestigationWashington, D.C.- Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement reacting to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing with Attorney General Eric Holder:"What began as a legitimate investigation into the tragically flawed strategy begun under the last Administration of walking guns, has now degen… Continue Reading


Media Advisory: Schiff to Host Windstorm Response Assessment Panel

Schiff to Host Windstorm Response Assessment PanelPasadena, CA - Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-29) will host a roundtable discussion with federal, state and local officials, representatives from local utilities, FEMA, the CPUC and others at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, focusing on the response to last month's windstorm and how our region can be better prepared for a future emergency. The panel will also examine efforts to assist those whose homes and businesses were dama… Continue Reading


Cutting-Edge Energy Research Funds for ARPA-E Included in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Washington, DC- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that $275 million is included in the House-passed Omnibus Appropriations bill for cutting-edge research through the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The original House budget had proposed to radically curtail the program, cutting this path-breaking research investment by up to 82 percent. Rep. Schiff offered an amendment to the FY2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill on the House Floor to restore the funding, which wa… Continue Reading


Schiff Urges Forest Service to Conclude Long-Delayed Analysis of Night Flights, Identify Needed Assets, and Develop a Plan to Double Crew Aircraft

Washington, DC- Today, following the release of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the response to the August 2009 Station Fire, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) wrote to USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, urging the Forest Service to complete an ongoing assessment of the agency's night-flying operations as soon as possible; identify needed firefighting assets and develop a cohesive strategy to fight fires; and develop a plan for double-crewing of firefighting tankers."I have been e… Continue Reading


Reps. Schiff, Bass Introduce INVEST Act to Encourage Investment and Employment

Washington, DC -Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Charles Bass (R-NH) introduced the INVEST Act to strengthen our economic competitiveness by fostering an enhanced environment for start-ups. Specifically, the legislation would make it easier for foreign students who have graduated from U.S. universities with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), and other related fields, to stay in the country if they start their businesses here and create American jobs.According to researc… Continue Reading


House Passes Resolution Urging Turkey to Restore Properties to Armenian Church

Washington, DC -Late last night, the House of Representatives passed the Return of Churches Resolution (H. Res. 306), sponsored by Reps. Ed Royce, Howard Berman and Adam Schiff, calling on the Republic of Turkey to end all religious persecution and to return stolen Christian church properties. The legislation now awaits Senate action."For more than two centuries our nation has stood for tolerance of other faiths, and the promotion of religious freedom," Rep. Schiff said. "American diplomats, mem… Continue Reading


Schiff Statement on World AIDS Day

Washington, D.C.- Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement this evening marking World AIDS Day, which is tomorrow:"Nearly 30 years ago, the AIDS epidemic began to cut down thousands, later millions of otherwise healthy, mostly young people in the U.S. and across the world. "As we observe World AIDS Day, each of us should pause and remember the more than 25 million people worldwide who are estimated to have died from the disease. But even as we mourn those who have been lost, we m… Continue Reading


Schiff's Familial DNA Language Passes as Part of Conference Report

Washington, DC -Thursday night, just hours after the measure passed the House, the Senate approved a budget conference report which includes language drafted by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to encourage the FBI to expand the availability of familial DNA testing to solve cold cases."Despite the painstaking efforts of law enforcement to stop him, the Grim Sleeper roamed the streets of South Los Angeles for nearly 25 years, murdering at least 11 people," Rep. Schiff said. "When police ultimately request… Continue Reading


Schiff Urges Joint Select Committee to "Go Big" on Deficit Reduction

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) spoke on the House floor, urging the Joint Select Committee to seize the opportunity to do something big to put the nation's finances on a long-term, solvent and sustainable path. In his remarks, he outlined a set of long-term strategies and policies to:§ Make the United States a manufacturing powerhouse again;§ Ensure that small business remains the catalyst for the American economy;§ Reorient our immigration structure to attrac… Continue Reading


President Signs Schiff Bill to Dedicate Pasadena Post Office to First Lieutenant Oliver Goodall

Washington, DC - President Obama has signed legislation introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) into law, designating the historic U.S. Postal Service office located at 281 E. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena as the "First Lieutenant Oliver Goodall Post Office." USPS district officials in Pasadena have been notified and are working with Rep. Schiff to plan a ceremony following the arrival of the plaque honoring Goodall, which will take about six weeks to arrive from the time it is ordered and will b… Continue Reading


Schiff Tapped as House Conferee for Consideration of Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science & Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill

Washington, DC- House Appropriations Committee Ranking Democratic Member Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA) tapped Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to serve as a Conferee for H.R. 2112: The Agriculture; Commerce-Justice-Science; & Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill. Congressional Conference Committees are appointed to find a path to compromise on a bill that both chambers can accept, as both chambers must eventually pass the identical legislation for the bill to become law."I am honored to serve as a Confere… Continue Reading


Schiff Introduces Utilizing DNA Technology to Solve Cold Cases Act of 2011 Bill would instruct the FBI to expand the availability of Familial DNA testing

Washington, DC -For nearly 25 years, a serial killer roamed the streets of South Los Angeles, murdering at least 11 people. According to Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck, the challenge facing the LAPD was the fact that it had the DNA from the suspect, but there was no match in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). After the LAPD conducted a Familial DNA search of California's DNA database and received a hit, a reverse family tree was prepared, which allowed detectives to … Continue Reading

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