Press Releases


Biotechnology Workforce Training Center in Pasadena to Receive Federal Funding

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Schiff announced that the House Appropriations Committee has passed legislation, which includes $231,000 to support the start-up of three regional non-profit centers designed to assist and enhance development of the region's innovative biotechnology businesses. The funding will support the California State University Program for Research and Education in Biotechnology (CSUPERB). The CSUPERB will provide innovative training for this vital industry's specialized workf… Continue Reading


Reps. Schiff, Israel Fight to Keep Green Export Provision in Foreign Aid Spending Bill

Washington, DC - With the news of China surpassing the United States in carbon dioxide emissions, U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Steve Israel (D-NY) will fight to maintain a provision they requested in the House Fiscal Year 2008 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill that will require that at least 10 percent of the Export-Import Bank's (EX-IM) investments in energy projects be allocated for renewable energy projects. "Our provision, could quadruple the amount of advanced … Continue Reading


Supporting the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

Mr. Chairman, I would like to make, essentially, two points. First, my friends in the minority lack credibility on the issue they have raised last night and today; and, second, this bill is far too important to be stalled, delayed, put off by blatantly partisan tactics.On the first point, why does the minority party lack credibility on this issue? Well, one of the two parties during the last 6 years took the largest surpluses, I think we have had in history, and managed to turn those surpluses i… Continue Reading


House Resolution of Disapproval in Attorney General Gonzales Gains Quick Support

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Artur Davis (D-AL) announced that a resolution they introduced Monday, expressing no confidence in the performance of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and urging the President to request his resignation, has quickly gained support, with over a hundred Members signing on as cosponsors in just two days. Reps. Schiff and Davis, both former federal prosecutors, drafted the resolution in response to the failures of Attorney General Gonzales to ade… Continue Reading


Schiff, Davis Introduce Resolution Expressing No Confidence in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Artur Davis (D-AL) introduced a resolution expressing no confidence in the performance of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and urging the President to request his resignation. Reps. Schiff and Davis, both former federal prosecutors, drafted the resolution in response to failures of Attorney General Gonzales to adequately and properly manage the Department of Justice. Recent Congressional testimony and news reports have chronicled Attorney G… Continue Reading


Federal Study Called for by Schiff Reveals Chromium 6 in Drinking Water can Cause Cancer

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff announced the release of a draft report of a federal cancer study of the health effects of ingesting chromium 6. In 2001, Rep. Schiff spearheaded a California delegation-wide effort to commission the study by the National Institutes of Health's National Toxicology Program. The two year study found that high doses of chromium 6 in drinking water cause cancer in lab rodents. "This study provides us with valuable information on the serious health risks ass… Continue Reading


International Anti-Piracy Caucus Unveils "2007 International Piracy Watch List"

Washington, D.C.: At a press conference today the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus, which is chaired by Senators Joe Biden (D-DE) and Gordon Smith (R-OR), and Congressmen Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), unveiled the "2007 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 copyright piracy… Continue Reading


Schiff, Chabot Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Computer Crimes and Ensure Data Security

Today, Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Steve Chabot (R-OH) introduced the Cyber-Security Enhancement Act. The bipartisan bill will help take strong steps to combat cyber crime and protect data security. In an era of increasingly sophisticated computer technology, this measure would provide better data security protections for both individuals and businesses and would give law enforcement the tools they need to successfully track and prosecute cyber criminals. "Criminals are increasingl… Continue Reading


House Passes Schiff/Flake Amendment to Prevent Warrantless Eavesdropping on Americans

Washington, DC - Early this morning, the House passed a bipartisan amendment authored by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a member of the House Judiciary Committee and House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, and Rep. Jeff Flake that reiterates that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) continues to be the exclusive means by which domestic electronic surveillance for the purpose of gathering foreign intelligence information may be conducted. The amendment also makes clear that only… Continue Reading


Schiff Votes to Begin Withdrawal of Combat Forces From Iraq

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff voted in favor of a bill (H.R. 2237) that would end America's combat presence in Iraq and move to a containment strategy. The measure would require the withdrawal of combat forces from Iraq to begin within 90 days of enactment and be completed 180 days thereafter. The bill explicitly provides for the continued presence of U.S. military personnel to safeguard U.S. diplomats, to continue training Iraqi troops and for targeted operations against al Qae… Continue Reading


Schiff Introduces Legislation To Safeguard Nuclear Weapons Material

Washington, DC - Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) today introduced bipartisan legislation, the Ending Nuclear Trafficking Act, to bolster efforts to deter and prevent nuclear material from falling into the hands of terrorists. The bill, cosponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), would establish nuclear trafficking as a crime against humanity, make it easier to prosecute international nuclear traffickers in U.S courts, and strengthen penalties for trafficking nuclear material. "There are large st… Continue Reading


Protecting Journalists on World Press Freedom Day

These are difficult and dangerous days for reporters around the world. According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, 56 journalists were killed in the line of duty in 2006, most of whom were murdered to silence or punish them. The toll was 9 more than the 47 journalists killed in 2005, just the year before, and well above average for the last 2 decades of reporting. Another 30 reporters were killed, but law enforcement authorities cannot confirm that their deaths were the res… Continue Reading


Commemorating the Armenian Genocide

Mr. Speaker, it has been nearly 4 years since President Bush ordered American military forces into Iraq with the intention of toppling the government of Saddam Hussein. Now, after more than 3,100 American troops have been lost and this Nation has spent in excess of $365 billion, we find ourselves at a crossroads. Do we endorse the President's decision to escalate the conflict, or do we, as a coequal branch of government, exercise our prerogative to force a change in course?In October of 2002… Continue Reading


Schiff Cosponsors the Paycheck Fairness Act on Equal Pay Day

Washington, D.C. - Today, on Equal Pay Day, Representative Adam Schiff announced that he has cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 1338), which aims to strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Both bills work to ensure that there is truly equal pay for equal work in this country. The Paycheck Fairness Act would provide more effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work. "Equal pay is not just a women's issue, it's a family issue," said Schiff. "The wage… Continue Reading


Schiff Calls On Ethiopian and Rwandan Presidents to Halt Persecution of Female Journalists

Washington, DC - Representative Adam Schiff, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press, today sent two bipartisan letters to the Presidents of Ethiopia and Rwanda calling on them halt the persecution of these female journalists in their countries and to ensure the right of a free press."These women must be freed or given a fair trial if these countries want to respected members of the international community," said Schiff. "A free and open press is an essential ingredient to… Continue Reading


Schiff Attends Capitol Ceremony to Honor Tuskegee Airmen

Washington, D.C. - This week, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) attended a special ceremony in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol where the Tuskegee Airmen were honored for their service and bravery in World War II. At the ceremony, the Tuskegee Airmen were awarded Congress's highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal. O. Oliver Goodall of Altadena served as a pilot from 1942 to 1947 and was awarded a replica Congressional Gold Medal at this week's Capitol ceremony. "These men are extra… Continue Reading


Schiff Offers Legislation to Highlight Human Trafficking Abuses

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Adam Schiff introduced a bipartisan resolution that would express Congress's commitment to raising awareness about human trafficking and doing more to end the abhorrent practice. It is estimated that 600,000 to 800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders each year. Of these, approximately 80 percent are women and girls, and up to 50 percent are minors. This resolution was authored to bring about nationwide acknowledgment… Continue Reading


Schiff Presses Secretary of State Rice on Armenian Genocide Recognition

Washington, D.C. - Today, at an Appropriations hearing before the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) pressed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on her opposition to recognizing the Armenian Genocide carried out by the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1923. In his pointed questioning, Schiff repeatedly asked the Secretary of State if she believed that the murder of 1.5 million Armenians could be characterized as anything other than… Continue Reading


Schiff Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Gang Violence

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to halt gang violence. The Gang Abatement and Prevention Act (H.R. 1582) would create new criminal gang offenses and require harsher penalties for illegal gang members who are convicted of those crimes, while focusing on providing new resources for community-based programs that seek to prevent future gang activity. Significantly, the bill also includes more than $1 billion in funding for la… Continue Reading


Congressmen Schiff and Flake Troubled By PATRIOT Act Abuse

Washington, D.C. - Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, who represents California's 29th District, and Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona's 6th District, were deeply troubled by reports of abuse of PATRIOT Act powers by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). An audit by the Justice Department found that the FBI improperly used powers afforded to them by the PATRIOT Act to acquire personal information on U.S. citizens. "The abuses of authority we learned of today are al… Continue Reading

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