Press Releases

01.18.11

Schiff Congratulates the FBI on Eliminating the Backlog of Offender DNA

Washington, DC - After a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder last week, when he was informed that the backlog of offender DNA has finally been eliminated, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement:"I was very pleased to be informed by the Department of Justice that its backlog of offender DNA has finally been eliminated. This is a strong step forward in public safety and greatly enhances our ability to take dangerous people off the street."Last week, Long Beach pol… Continue Reading


01.18.11

Smith and Schiff Introduce Drug Safe Harbor Elimination Act

Washington, DC - Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced the Drug Trafficking Safe Harbor Elimination Act - legislation to close a loophole in U.S. drug enforcement laws and give law enforcement officials greater authority to prosecute individuals engaged in international drug trafficking conspiracies."Criminals who plot from within our borders to traffic drugs internationally should not be given a free pass just because the drugs they … Continue Reading


01.08.11

Schiff Statement on shooting in Arizona

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff released the following statement after reports that fellow Blue Dog member Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot at an event in Tuscon, Arizona earlier today:"Today's attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her staff is deeply distressing -- it is a sad day for Congress and the country. Gabby is a friend, in addition to being a colleague, and I hope and pray that she and her staff make a full recovery. It impossible to be an effective … Continue Reading


12.22.10

Schiff Statement on Senate passage of the new START

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after the Senate passed the new START:"Today, the Senate took an important step to bolster our nation's security by passing the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and sending it to the President to be signed into law. The nuclear-arms pact between the U.S. and Russia, which builds on decades of work by Democratic and Republican presidents, limits the number of nuclear warheads to 1,550. Additionally, t… Continue Reading


12.21.10

Government Performance and Results Modernization Act to Become Law

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) supported and the House passed H.R. 2142, the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010, clearing the bill for the President's signature. The legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. Schiff, will bring increased transparency and accountability to the federal government by implementing the same approach that has improved the value and efficiency of state-level programs throughout the nation."For Congress to make fiscally responsible bud… Continue Reading


12.17.10

Legislation Enhancing Patent Expertise in Federal Courts Headed to President's Desk

WASHINGTON. D.C. - Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) today applauded House passage H.R. 628, legislation creating a pilot program to enhance the expertise of district court judges hearing patent cases. The legislation has already been approved by the Senate and last night's unanimous consent agreement sends the legislation to the desk of President Barack Obama.The legislation will establish a pilot project in at least six district courts where judges will have the choice of o… Continue Reading


12.17.10

Legislation Enhancing Patent Expertise in Federal Courts Headed to President's Desk

WASHINGTON. D.C. - Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) today applauded House passage H.R. 628, legislation creating a pilot program to enhance the expertise of district court judges hearing patent cases. The legislation has already been approved by the Senate and last night's unanimous consent agreement sends the legislation to the desk of President Barack Obama.The legislation will establish a pilot project in at least six district courts where judges will have the choice of o… Continue Reading


12.16.10

House Votes to Strengthen the New GI Bill

Washington, DC - Today, the House passed the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act (S.3447) to strengthen the New GI Bill for the 21stCentury, which will provide a four-year college education for nearly 300,000 veterans enrolled in college this fall. The legislation will make it easier for veterans to take advantage of New GI Bill education benefits to pay for tuition at public and private universities, including online education and distance learning, while expanding opport… Continue Reading


12.09.10

Schiff Sends DREAM Act Letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid

Washington, DC - On Thursday, December 9, Rep. Schiff sent the following letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid, requesting that he work with members of both parties to bring the DREAM Act, as passed by the House of Representatives on December 8, to a vote:Dear Majority Leader Reid:I respectfully request that you work with members of both parties to bring the DREAM Act, as passed by the House of Representatives on December 8th, to a vote. The DREAM Act passed the House with a bipartisan majority … Continue Reading


12.08.10

Senate Votes to Impeach Judge G. Thomas Porteous, Jr.

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate voted to convict U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana on all four articles of impeachment, removing him from his lifetime seat on the federal bench and denying him his $174,000 annual pension. Specifically, the four articles of impeachment, which required a two-thirds vote to pass, that were approved by the Senate charged Porteous of intentionally making material false statements and representations under penalty of perjury, engaging in a c… Continue Reading


12.01.10

Schiff Condemns WikiLeaks' Unauthorized Disclosure of Sensitive, Classified Documents

Washington, DC - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement in response to the recent unauthorized disclosure of sensitive State Department documents by WikiLeaks:"I deplore the potentially treasonous disclosure of classified and sensitive national security information, and urge the Department of Justice to bring any responsible party to justice. I also condemn the ongoing WikiLeaks release of a quarter million diplomatic documents, which will cause immeasurable harm to our diploma… Continue Reading


11.13.10

Schiff Welcomes the Release of Aung San Suu Kyi from Detention in Burma

Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Adam Schiff released the following statement today in response to the news that Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been released from house arrest. Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and she is the leading advocate for democracy and human rights in Burma. She has spent 15 of the last 21 years under house arrest despite winning the country's last democratic election in 1990, which was annulled by the military regime."I welcome the release … Continue Reading


10.21.10

Schiff Receives A+ Grade from the ANCA for Work on Behalf of Armenian-Americans

Washington, DC - The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) awarded Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) with an A+ grade in recognition of his ongoing efforts on the full range of issues important to his Armenian-American constituents."The Armenian National Committee of America, along with Armenian Americans from throughout Southern California and across our great nation, commend Rep. Adam Schiff for his hard work in fighting for the broad range of human rights, humanitarian, and foreign policy … Continue Reading


10.12.10

Congressional Panel Reconvenes to Delve into Events of the Station Fire

Pasadena, CA- Today, a congressional panel to further investigate the circumstances surrounding the Station Fire reconvened to delve into the events of the first day of the Station Fire, which cost the lives of two brave firefighters, and threatened or destroyed the homes of a great many constituents in the 29th District and surrounding communities."Today's panel discussion provided the opportunity for us to hear from representatives of the Forest Service and other responding agencies, as well a… Continue Reading


10.05.10

Schiff Joins President for Signing of Legislation Honoring "Go for Broke" Regiments with Congressional Gold Medal

Washington, DC- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) issued the following statement after the President signed into law S.1055, companion legislation to a bill Rep. Schiff introduced in the House to pay tribute to the U.S. Army 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team, commonly known as the "Go For Broke" regiments, as well as the Military Intelligence Service, comprised of Japanese-American troops who fought in Europe and the Asia-Pacific theatre during WWII:"I was incredibly moved a… Continue Reading


10.05.10

Schiff Joins President for Signing of Legislation Honoring "Go for Broke" Regiments with Congressional Gold Medal

Washington, DC- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) issued the following statement after the President signed into law S.1055, companion legislation to a bill Rep. Schiff introduced in the House to pay tribute to the U.S. Army 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team, commonly known as the "Go For Broke" regiments, as well as the Military Intelligence Service, comprised of Japanese-American troops who fought in Europe and the Asia-Pacific theatre during WWII:"I was incredibly moved a… Continue Reading


10.04.10

Schiff Submits Story of Kevork "George" Hakalmazian, Survivor of the Armenian Genocide, into the Congressional Record

Washington, DC - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) submitted an additional story to be included in the Congressional Record - one of many submissions into the national record as part of Rep. Schiff's Armenian Genocide Congressional Record Project."Kevork "George" Hakalmazian's survival story builds upon previous stories that have been submitted to help document and preserve the accounts of Armenians who survived the Armenian Genocide," Rep. Schiff said. "This project is part on an ongoing effort to final… Continue Reading


10.04.10

ADVISORY: Station Fire Congressional Panel to Reconvene

Pasadena, CA- A Congressional panel to further investigate the circumstances surrounding the Station Fire will reconvene on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals Building in Pasadena.The panel will delve into the events of the first day of the Station Fire, which cost the lives of two brave firefighters, and threatened or destroyed the homes of a great many constituents in the 29th District and surrounding communities. A previously scheduled pa… Continue Reading


09.30.10

Schiff Announces LA County Effort to Combat Economic and High-Tech Crimes

Washington, DC- Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has awarded nearly $4 million in grants to enable state and local agencies and prosecutors to boost prosecution of intellectual property crime.Award recipients include the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which will receive $200,000 under the grant program that was created by legislative provisions authored by Rep. Schiff. An award was also made to the City of Los Angel… Continue Reading


09.28.10

Schiff Introduces Bill to Improve Data Security, Protect Consumers from Identity Theft, and Enhance Law Enforcement's Capability to Combat Cyber Threats

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced the Data Breach Notification Act to improve data security, protect consumers from identity theft, and enhance law enforcement's capability to combat cyber threats."The FTC estimates that there are 10 million victims of identity theft every year, at a cost of close to $50 billion annually," Rep. Schiff said. "The Data Breach Notification Act would attack the problem of identity theft by making sure consumers have the information they ne… Continue Reading

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