Press Releases

01.19.07

Honoring the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Martin Luther King Day that we celebrated earlier this week. Americans celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King who would have turned 78 this month. While there is much left to be done, Dr. King's dream of a colorblind society is closer to reality this year than last.Dr. King championed nonviolent resistance as a means to bring about fundamental change. He sought such change to bring about equality between peoples of all races, an end to … Continue Reading


01.19.07

Supporting Stem Cell Research

Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 3, the Stem Cell Research Advancement Act of 2007.In California, we have devoted State funds, nearly $300 million a year, to pursuing research on embryonic stem cells, and it has helped make California a destination for researchers on the cutting edge of biotechnology. But the promise of stem cell therapies will not benefit just the people of California, but all Americans, and indeed the entire world. Shutting the National Institute of Health out of … Continue Reading


01.18.07

Ensuring Energy Security

Madam Speaker, in these opening weeks of the 110th Congress, the Democratic majority in the House has succeeded in passing a package of bills that is designed to secure America. We passed a bill to improve our Nation's ability to prevent another 9/11 style attack on our country. We have made life a little more secure for millions in the United States who toil at the minimum wage, and millions of young people who leave college with a degree and a mountain of debt. We have secured the ability … Continue Reading


01.12.07

Responsible Redeployment - A Way Forward In Iraq

Mr. Speaker, yesterday's decision by President Bush to escalate the U.S. troop commitment in Iraq will not bring stability to Baghdad. It will not ameliorate the growing civil war in Iraq. A troop increase will not result in a more rapid exit for the more than 130,000 American troops serving there, many of them on their third or fourth tour in Iraq. And worst of all, it makes apparent that the President has paid little heed to the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, a multitude of experts, both civ… Continue Reading


01.10.07

Support the Fair Minimum Wage Act

Mr. Speaker, today we have the opportunity to raise the wages of 13 million Americans, and we should take it.Why raise the minimum wage in America? For the simple reason that men and women in the richest Nation on Earth should not work full time and still be relegated to living in poverty. What does it mean for the father or mother in a family of three to live on the current minimum wage? It means an income of $10,000 a year.Imagine living in Glendale, Burbank or Pasadena, or any city in America… Continue Reading


01.09.07

Schiff Reacts to the Extradition of Armando Garcia

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Adam Schiff commended the Mexican government for extraditing Armando Garcia. On April 29, 2002, Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff David March was murdered, execution-style, during a routine traffic stop. Armando Garcia was named a suspect and fled to Mexico where he had been a fugitive. In late 2005, Mexico lifted its ban prohibiting extradition cases when the criminal faces a life sentence in a United States jail without the possibility of parole. In Febr… Continue Reading


01.09.07

Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations

Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of this bill, which is long overdue and I commend the Speaker and other members of the Leadership for making this a priority.One of the most important findings of the 9/11 Commission was that the failure to anticipate the attack was a "failure of imagination." The idea of such an assault was so abhorrent that it was difficult to think about. We cannot know for sure what form a future attack may take, but as we struggle to prevent it, we must be willing to c… Continue Reading


01.05.07

Restoring the PAYGO Rules

I thank the gentleman for yielding, and I rise to speak very strongly in favor of these PAYGO rules as a very strong step to restoring fiscal responsibility to this House. Over the last 6 years, the President and the Republican-controlled Congress essentially had a policy of borrow and spend. We didn't have the discipline to turn down new spending requests; we didn't have the discipline to pay for additional tax cuts. We even had, in the most ironic of weeks, a situation where we voted t… Continue Reading


01.04.07

Schiff, Flake Introduce "NSA Oversight Act"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, on the first day of the 110th Congress, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) offered a bipartisan measure that will modernize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to respond to changes in technology and new threats, but that will retain court supervision over domestic electronic surveillance. The "NSA Oversight Act" directly addresses the President's domestic surveillance program. "Electronic surveillance of those seeking to harm our country … Continue Reading


01.03.07

Schiff Cosponsors Initiatives that Will Provide a New Direction for America

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Adam Schiff announced that he has cosponsored legislation that will make the American people safer, Congress more honest and open, our economy fairer, and will build a better future for all of America's children. These initiatives, called the "100 Hours" legislation, are a group of bills that will be taken up in the first 100 legislative hours of the 110th Congress and consist of ethics reform, fiscal reform, homeland security, minimum wage and other key… Continue Reading


12.14.06

Schiff Calls for a Submarine to be Named the U.S.S. California

Washington, D.C. - This week, Congressman Adam Schiff authored a bipartisan letter cosigned by twenty-four of his California Congressional colleagues to Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Mullen requesting that a new Virginia-class attack submarine be named the U.S.S. California. There are currently two Virginia-class attack submarines that have been ordered, but have yet to be named. The last naval ship to be named after California was retired in… Continue Reading


12.13.06

Schiff Tapped to Serve on the House Appropriations Committee in the 110th Congress

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) was selected by Speaker-Designate Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to serve on the House Appropriations Committee when the House of Representatives convenes the 110th Congress in January. The House Appropriations Committee is charged with setting all funding expenditures for the federal government. "This is an important opportunity to help provide oversight of the nation's expenditures, and to ensure tha… Continue Reading


12.06.06

Schiff Introduces Bill to Ensure Restitution is not Lost Due to a Criminal Defendant's Death

Washington D.C. - Representative Adam Schiff, member of the House Judiciary Committee, today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation that will ensure victims do not lose their right to restitution when a criminal defendant dies prior to the appeals process. The Preserving Crime Victims' Restitution Act (H.R. 6374) was conceived to fix a loophole recently highlighted in former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay's criminal case. Under current common law, convictions can be dismissed if a defendant dies … Continue Reading


11.30.06

Statement of Congressman Adam Schiff on Russia's Pledge to Prosecute Companies that Illegally Distribute Copyrighted Works on the Internet

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Adam Schiff, author of a resolution calling for the global protection of intellectually property rights (H.Con.Res. 380), issued the following statement on the agreement reached between Russia and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to take action against digital piracy."As a Representative whose district is comprised of many producers of intellectual property, I am pleased that Russia has finally agreed to take action to protect copyrighted materials from … Continue Reading


10.23.06

Schiff Participates in Demonstration of New Public Safety Communications System

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Adam Schiff participated in a demonstration of a new public safety communications system with Members of Congress, local public safety officers, and local public officials. The demonstration highlighted the new Interagency Communications Interoperability System (ICIS) which allows public safety officials from various agencies to communicate quickly and effectively in order to coordinate efforts when a local crisis occurs. "With the constant threat of … Continue Reading


10.23.06

Schiff Brings Astronaut to Visit Fifth Grade Students in the Pasadena Unified School District

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Schiff visited two Elementary schools with NASA astronaut Dr. James H. Newman. Every year, Congressman Schiff invites astronauts to speak at area schools to encourage students to pursue interests in math and science. Dr. Newman and Congressman Schiff met with over 300 fifth-grade students in Altadena and Pasadena. Fifth-graders at Altadena Elementary school were joined by students from Loma Alta Elementary School for the first presentation, and fifth-grad… Continue Reading


10.19.06

Schiff, Pence Call On Russian President to Halt Persecution of Journalists and Fulfill Promise to Investigate Journalist's Murder

Washington, DC - Representatives Adam Schiff and Mike Pence, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press, have written to Russian President Vladimir Putin calling on him to fulfill his promise to thoroughly investigate the death of journalist and author Anna Politkovskaya and to ensure the right of a free press in his country. Ms. Politkovskaya wrote about human rights abuses and in particular the conflict in Chechnya, and she was an outspoken critic of President Putin. Ms. … Continue Reading


10.13.06

Schiff Calls On President of Turkmenistan To Halt Persecution of Journalists

Washington, DC - Representative Adam Schiff, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus for the Freedom of the Press, has written to the President of Turkmenistan calling on him to investigate the death of journalist Ogulsapar Muradova and restore the right to a free press in his country. It is believed that Ms. Muradova was falsely tried and sent to jail solely for her work as a journalist. While in jail, Ms. Muradova appears to have been assaulted or tortured, and died of her injuries. Rep. Schi… Continue Reading


10.12.06

House and Senate Pass Legislation to Block U.S. Aid for an Armenia Railroad Bypass

Washington, D.C. - Representative Adam Schiff, a leading cosponsor of bipartisan legislation that will block U.S. taxpayer funding for a proposed railroad between Turkey and Georgia that would circumvent Armenia and undermine the economic viability of the existing Caucasus railroad route through Armenia, commended the Senate on recently passing companion legislation. The legislation will now be sent the President to be signed into law. "This is a common sense measure aimed at saving the America… Continue Reading


09.29.06

Issa/Schiff Patent Pilot Bill Approved by Voice Vote

Washington, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives, last night, voted to establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges. H.R. 5418, introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was approved by voice vote."At present, far too many district court decisions are appealed to the Federal Circuit, because the Federal Circuit reverses district courts much of the time," said Rep. Issa in… Continue Reading

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