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Bipartisan Calif. Congressional Delegation Calls on Veolia to Compensate Victims of Chatsworth Train Crash

Washington-Members of California's Congressional delegation today sent a letter to the Chairman of Veolia Environnement urging the company to adequately and fairly compensate the victims of the deadly train crash in Chatsworth on September 12, 2008. The catastrophic crash was caused by a Veolia employee who was text messaging before the collision that claimed the lives of 24 innocent people. At a hearing in May, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Peter D. Lichtman stated that th… Continue Reading


Schiff Statement on the Future of the Arab Spring and Syria

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) spoke on the House Floor about the future of the Arab Spring and the situation in Syria. See below for a transcript of his remarks. Click here to watch the video.Mr. Schiff: Mr. Speaker, there are moments in the lives of nations when existing order is suddenly revealed as bereft of legitimacy and no longer viable. The wave of unrest spreading across the Arab world, touched off by the self-immolation of a Tunisian fruit vendor tired of petty humili… Continue Reading


Schiff Statement Marking the 45th Anniversary of the Implementation of Medicare

Washington, DC- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement on the 45th anniversary of the implementation of Medicare:"Forty-five years ago, President Johnson signed Medicare into law, and the Medicare program began to be implemented on July 1, 1966. Medicare has transformed life for millions of seniors in this country, providing them with economic and health care security."Before Medicare, only 51 percent of Americans 65 and older had health care coverage. Today, thanks to M… Continue Reading


Bill to Dedicate Pasadena Post Office to First Lieutenant Oliver Goodall Passes Out of Committee

Washington, DC -Today, legislation introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to designate the U.S. Postal Service office located at 281 E. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena as the "First Lieutenant Oliver Goodall Post Office" passed out of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The legislation will honor and pay tribute to the more than 50 years of service that Oliver Goodall provided to the community and country as a Tuskegee Airman, public information officer and postal worker. The legislati… Continue Reading


Schiff Statement on Fee Diversion Provision of the America Invents Act

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-29) released the following statement on the Fee Diversion Provision included in the Manager's Amendment to the America Invents Act:"The biggest problem with our patent system is the large and onerous backlog of patent applications. This backlog stifles innovation and undermines our economic competitiveness. The underlying bill ended the practice of fee diversion which has robbed the patent office of nearly $1 billion in patent fees that could have bee… Continue Reading


Schiff Introduces Legislation to Bolster Egyptian and Tunisian Move Toward Democracy

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced legislation to help Egypt and Tunisia as they transition to democracy by promoting the strengthening their private sectors Specifically, the legislation will encourage joint ventures with the U.S. and Egypt and Tunisia, providing technical assistance, strategic advice and support to private entrepreneurs, as well as small- and medium-sized businesses."This is a once in a generational moment, potentially one of the most promising that we … Continue Reading


Appropriations Committee Passes Energy and Water Legislation

Washington, DC - Today, the House Energy and Water Appropriations Committee passed legislation to fund the Department of Energy (DOE), but sharply reduced the investment in cutting edge research into new technologies. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) offered an amendment to the bill that would have restored funding for Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), a revolutionary arm of DOE started in 2009 to pursue high-risk, high-reward research on energy.Schiff's amendment was supported by Ca… Continue Reading


Schiff and Dold Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing the Armenian Genocide

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced a bipartisan House Resolution with Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL) recognizing and commemorating the Armenian Genocide in the House of Representatives. The resolution calls on the President and the U.S. Government to properly recognize and commemorate the atrocities that occurred in Armenia beginning in 1915, and which resulted in the death of 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children, as genocide."The facts of history are clear, well docum… Continue Reading


Former Schiff Intern Captures Big Win on Jeopardy!

Washington, DC- Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-29) is proud to acknowledge the accomplishment of former intern Tom Brown, on his big Jeopardy win. Brown served as an intern in the Congressman's Washington, DC office in the summer of 2006. While simultaneously juggling an internship and coursework at Princeton University, Brown demonstrated a strong work ethic and intellect that served him well in preparing for his big win in Jeopardy."It is wonderful to see our interns move on to succeed in life as im… Continue Reading


Schiff Condemns Murder of Pakistani Journalist

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-29) released the following statement after reports that Asia Times Online's Pakistan bureau chief Syed Saleem Shahzad was found tortured and slain yesterday near the town of Mandi Bahauddin, about 75 miles southeast of Islamabad:"I am deeply distressed and saddened by the news that Asia Times Online's Pakistan bureau chief Syed Saleem Shahzad was found tortured and slain yesterday about 75 miles southeast of Islamabad."For months Shahzad had expressed … Continue Reading


Schiff Welcomes Councilmember Jacque Robinson to Nation's Capitol for 2011 Young Elected Officials Network National Convention

Washington, DC- Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-29) is honored to welcome Pasadena Councilmember Jacque Robinson to a four-day 2011 Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network National Convening. As a young elected official attending the largest assembly of elected leaders in the country younger than 35 years old, Robinson will have the opportunity to shadow Rep. Schiff for the day and exchange ideas with 200 peers who share similar aspirations for their communities. The convention will challenge leaders to iden… Continue Reading


International Anti-Piracy Caucus Unveils "2011 International Piracy Watch List"

Washington, D.C.: At a press conference today the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus, which is chaired by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Adam Schiff (D-CA), unveiled the "2011 International Piracy Watch List." In an effort to combat international copyright piracy by calling attention to countries where piracy has reached alarming levels, the Caucus announced they will closely monitor the serious problems of copyrig… Continue Reading


House Approves Schiff Measure Requiring Health Assessment of Military Use of Burn Pits

Washington, DC- Today, as the House considered the National Defense Authorization bill for FY 2012, the chamber approved a measure offered by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) requiring the Secretary of Defense to submit reports to Congress on the health impacts on our troops when waste is disposed of in open-air burn pits. While burn pits have been an expedient method of disposing waste at operating bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, the types of materials that have been burned produce hazardous toxins, such… Continue Reading


Four Southern California Congressmen Meet With More Than 200 Pro-Israel Activists From Los Angeles County

Washington, D.C. - Together, Representatives Henry Waxman (CA-30), Howard Berman (CA-28), Brad Sherman (CA-27), and Adam Schiff (CA-29) met with more than two hundred pro-Israel activists from Los Angeles visiting Washington, DC for the annual AIPAC Policy Conference. Today's meeting, which is an annual event that coincides with AIPAC's policy conference, provided these four members of Congress the opportunity to speak directly with their local constituents on how to strengthen US-Israel relati… Continue Reading


Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus to Unveil 2011 Country Watch List

WHEN: Thursday, May 26th, 9:30 a.m.WHERE: SVC 203/202 of the U.S. Capitol Visitor CenterWHAT: The Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus, which is chaired by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Orrin Hatch and Representatives Bob Goodlatte and Adam B. Schiff, will host a press conference to unveil he countries on the 2011 watch list of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus.Members of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus will be joined by Mitch Bainwo… Continue Reading


Schiff statement on the death of Osama bin Laden

Washington, DC - Tonight, Rep. Adam Schiff released the following statement:"At long last, the world is rid of a despicable mass murderer and the victims of September 11th have obtained a measure of justice. This is a tremendous day for the men and women of our armed forces, our intelligence agencies and all Americans."I would like to offer congratulations to President Obama, his national security team and to the team that executed the operation. As a member of the House Permanent Sele… Continue Reading


Rep. Adam Schiff Serves as Guest Teacher for Teach For America Week

Pasadena, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) served as a guest teacher at Washington Middle School during Teach For America Week, which engages local leaders in support of the movement to expand educational opportunity. As a guest teacher in the classroom, Rep. Schiff hoped to inspire students with lessons that connect the curriculum to real life."It was a pleasure to serve as a guest teacher today at Washington Middle School," Rep. Schiff said. "One of the greatest American ideals is that har… Continue Reading


Schiff to Host, Moderate Station Fire Update

Pasadena, CA - Since the Station Fire hit Southern California in August 2009, devastating 250 square miles, killing two firefighters and leaving many people homeless, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has worked with local fire agencies, the US Forest Service and many others to learn from what went wrong in the effort to extinguish the fire and implement changes to make sure those mistakes are not repeated. There has been some progress, although much more needs to be done, and Rep. Schiff is hosting a mee… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Urges President Obama to Properly Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-29) sent a letter to President Obama urging him to properly characterize the murder of 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children as "genocide" in his statement marking the April 24 anniversary of the start of the genocide."Mr. President, you have always been a leader on the important issue of human rights," Rep. Schiff said. "Unfortunately, both last year and in 2009, you did not use the term 'genocide' to describe the events of 1915-23. I ask you… Continue Reading


Schiff Statement on the Potential Government Shutdown

Washington, DC - Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-29) released the following statement on the potential government shutdown:"I am still hopeful that a government shutdown can be avoided, and I am doing everything possible to call for a responsible resolution on the amount of spending cuts. It would be a terrible result, however, if policy riders unrelated to our budget were permitted to derail the budget negotiations. A shutdown will be harmful to our economic recovery and would represent a tragic outcome … Continue Reading

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