Press Releases


Schiff Writes to Attorney General Gonzales Requesting a Status Update on a Report Regarding the State of U.S. Detainees Suspected of Terrorism

Washington, D.C. - Late yesterday, Representatives Adam Schiff, Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), and Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) called on United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for an update on the status of a report on American citizens and residents detained on suspicion of terrorism. The report is required by a measure that Rep. Schiff authored in the 2005 Department of Justice Reauthorization b… Continue Reading


Schiff Meets with Armenian-American and Asian-American Student Leaders to Promote Public Service

Washington, D.C. - This week, Representative Adam Schiff hosted two breakfasts with local Armenian-American and Asian-American student leaders to discuss public service. The students were nominated by their school principals to attend a breakfast with Rep. Schiff. At the breakfasts, Rep. Schiff was joined by other public officials and local leaders who talked about public service and discussed ways the students can increase their civic knowledge and participation. The events offered an opport… Continue Reading


A Better Way Forward in Iraq

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


The Need for Comprehensive Climate Change Legislation

Madam Speaker, on Friday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its fourth report on the state of climate change science. This report is the most comprehensive, unbiased summary of the climate situation because it evaluates all peer-reviewed research published around the world and draws only the most conservative conclusions. The report found that the evidence of global warming is unequivocal, and that the culprit is almost certainly our emissions. However, this troubling scient… Continue Reading


Schiff Commends Copyright Industries for Contributions to the American Economy

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) commended a report by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), which highlights the copyright industries' significant contributions to the U.S. economy. "This report is welcome news and shows how the copyright industries are vibrant, hard working, and successful," said Schiff. "As a Representative of so many of these industries and their employees, I know firsthand the importance they play in providing quality jobs for… Continue Reading


Supporting the College Student Relief Act

Madam Speaker, I rise in support of the College Student Relief Act. America's economy continues to change, and a college education has grown increasingly more important. Unfortunately, it has also grown increasingly more expensive, with tuition and fees for a four-year public college rising 41 percent--after inflation--since 2001. Federally subsidized loans provide a crucial helping hand to middle class students and families. This legislation will lessen the burden on hardworking students an… Continue Reading


Oversight of the National Security Agency

Mr. Speaker, in December 2005, we learned that the Bush administration was using the National Security Agency, the NSA, to eavesdrop on Americans on U.S. soil without a warrant or judicial oversight, in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.Over a year later, Congress has yet to address this issue, and the NSA's secret surveillance program has continued unabated. Just last week the administration continued its unilateral approach, announcing that notwithstanding its protesta… Continue Reading


Schiff Condemns the Murder of Journalist, Hrant Dink, in Turkey and Mourns his Loss

Washington, D.C. - Representative Adam Schiff today mourned the loss of one of Turkey's most prominent Armenian journalists, who was shot to death outside his newspaper's office in Istanbul. Hrant Dink was a vocal critic of the Turkish government and a leading voice in calling for Armenian Genocide recognition. In 2003, on a trip to Turkey, Rep. Schiff met with Mr. Dink to discuss his efforts on Genocide recognition and press freedom issues. "From the moment I met Mr. Dink, I could tell that h… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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