Press Releases


Rep. Schiff Honors 2012 Women of the Year

Pasadena, CA- Today, at a luncheon in Pasadena, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) honored outstanding women from each of the communities (Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, and Temple City) in the 29th Congressional District. This recognition is made each year during Women's History Month.Below is a full list of all the honorees this year:Joanna Vargas (Alhambra), Carolyn Ingram Seitz (Altadena), Ellen Snortland (Altadena), Nancy E. Guillen (B… Continue Reading


Statement from Congressman Adam Schiff on the Shooting of Kendrec McDade

Pasadena, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) issued the following statement:"I want to join Mayor Bogaard, Councilman Holden and other members of the community in expressing my condolences to the family of Kendrec McDade after the loss of their son. There have been many serious questions raised by the shooting, and four investigations have been launched to determine precisely what took place and to provide answers to the family and the community. I join my colleagues in urging these invest… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Condemns North Korean Missile Launch

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after North Korea launched a missile yesterday:"North Korea's missile launch, despite its failure, is a serious breach of UN Security Council resolutions and a threat to international security. The international community must close ranks in acting on this latest provocation, and pressing Pyongyang not to proceed with a possible third nuclear test."North Kore… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on Windstorm Disaster Reports from Southern California Edison and Independent Auditor

Pasadena, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after reports were released by the Davies Group and Southern California Edison (SCE) on the response to the windstorm of November 2011:"I am pleased that SCE has responded proactively to the problems identified in its response to the recent Windstorm by releasing both an internal report and a report from an outside firm. Both reports identify areas where SCE's response should be improved for future. Most impo… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Announces Annual Art Contest with Online Voting

Pasadena, CA- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that he will host the annual Congressional Arts Competition Forum & Exhibit for the 29th District, featuring high school student artwork from the region, on Sunday April 15. 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 is opening up the competition with a "People's… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff: Continued Delay By Forest Service After Station Fire Is Unacceptable

Pasadena, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) again called on the Forest Service to end the interminable delay in their assessment of the agency's night-flying operations. The helicopter portion of the report was supposed to be completed by August 2011, but the Forest Service missed that deadline. Since then, the Forest Service has missed another internal deadline to complete the report by the end of 2011. That assessment is now more than six months overdue."As we enter yet another fire season, … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff To EPA: Stop Wasting Time and Complete Chromium 6 Study

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson expressing his disappointment with the EPA's decision to delay the completion of their Chromium 6 toxicology assessment and urging EPA to complete the assessment in a timely fashion. In 2010, the EPA released its draft Chromium 6 study which found that it was likely carcinogenic and a danger to human health when ingested. However, the EPA recently announced that it… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Applauds Decision to Reject NASA Request to Divert Mars Funds

Washington, DC- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a member of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, applauded the decision of Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) to reject a fiscal 2012 reprogramming request that would have shifted funds away from the Mars program, including a pair of joint missions with the European Space Agency (ESA). The request, which came from NASA, would have begun the process of shutting down its cooperative Mars-exploration effort with the … Continue Reading


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

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