Press Releases

09.28.06

Schiff, Flake, Offer Bipartisan Measure to Prohibit NSA Surveillance of Americans on American Soil Unless Authorized by Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ), members of the House Judiciary Committee, will offer bipartisan legislation on the House Floor today to address the President's domestic surveillance program. The Schiff/Flake substitute is an alternative to the Administration-backed bill that would give the President unprecedented powers to surveil Americans without Congressional or court review. The Schiff/Flake substitute would update provisions of the … Continue Reading


09.27.06

House Approves Legislation to Extend Aid to School Systems Recovering from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House approved bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) that will help rebuild school systems affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The legislation will extend part of a law passed last year that provides school systems easier access to federal resources and will also allow them greater flexibility in how they spend the money. "We can't allow children to go without access to a quality education, and a safe and healthy school,… Continue Reading


09.26.06

Schiff Amendment to Address the Threat Posed by Improvised Explosive Devices Sent to the President's Desk for a Signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House approved a measure authored by Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) to require the Secretary of Defense to submit quarterly reports to Congress regarding the threat posed by IEDs and the efforts being undertaken to eliminate such a threat. Rep. Schiff introduced the amendment in reaction to continuing news reports dating back to the beginning of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan that have highlighted the catastrophic dangers associated with improvised explosi… Continue Reading


09.21.06

House Passes Schiff Sponsored Legislation to Secure Our Borders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House passed bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) that will criminalize the construction or financing of border tunnels. As a former federal prosecutor who prosecuted drug trafficking and illegal immigrant smuggling, Schiff recognized the need to give prosecutors new tools to fight these crimes. Schiff joined Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) in sponsoring the measure in the House and Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) h… Continue Reading


09.20.06

Schiff Offers Bipartisan Amendment to Establish Clearly Defined Laws Prohibiting Torture and Inhumane Treatment

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Adam Schiff today offered a bipartisan amendment in the House Judiciary Committee that would establish clearly defined laws to prohibit torture and cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment of military detainees. The legislation was aimed at ensuring that interrogators and officials have sufficient notice of what conduct could subject them to liability. This legislation will help protect our troops proscribing torture or inhumane treatment. Congressman Schiff's am… Continue Reading


09.18.06

IRS Actions on Sermons Questioned by Lawmakers

Washington, D.C. - Seeking to protect the free speech rights of clergy to speak on important matters of the day, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC) called for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to justify its investigation of certain houses of worship throughout the country.Late last year, the IRS's Political Activity Compliance Initiative (PACI) launched an examination of All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena, questioning whether a sermon given days before the November 20… Continue Reading


09.14.06

Congressman Schiff Applauds Sen. Menendez's Actions to Halt the Nomination of Richard Hoagland as the next U.S. Ambassador to Armenia

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) lauded Senator Robert Menendez's (D-NJ) effort to block a vote on Richard E. Hoagland's nomination to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Armenia. Yesterday, Senator Menendez put a hold on Mr. Hoagland's nomination, preventing a Senate vote. Mr. Hoagland has been nominated to replace Ambassador John Evans who was recently pushed to retire from his post by the Bush Administration. Congressman Schiff and many of his Congressional colleagues be… Continue Reading


09.14.06

The Crisis in Iraq

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, Last Sunday Vice President Cheney appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" and provided a vivid example of George Santayana's admonition that "those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it." After 3 1/2 years of bloody combat; after our Nation has lost more than 2,600 of our military's finest; after thousands more of our brave men and women have been wounded; after we have spent more than $300 billion; with no end in sight to the … Continue Reading


09.13.06

Judiciary Committee Approves Issa/Schiff Legislation to Improve Patent Litigation in District Courts

Washington, DC - The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved H.R. 5418, a bill to create a pilot program to enhance the expertise of district court judges hearing patent cases. The bill will establish a pilot project in at least five district courts where judges will have the choice of opting-in to the new program to hear patent cases while maintaining random assignment. Each of the test courts will be assigned a clerk with expertise in patent law or with the technical issues aris… Continue Reading


09.06.06

Congressman Schiff Writes to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Urging Opposition to Bolton Nomination

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Adam Schiff today sent a letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Ranking Member Joseph Biden (D-DE) urging the committee to oppose the nomination of John Bolton to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to hold a vote on Mr. Bolton's nomination tomorrow. Nineteen Democratic House Colleagues joined Schiff in signing the letter. "This Administration, like its predecessor… Continue Reading


07.28.06

Schiff Works to Broaden Intelligence Oversight

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) in introducing the Intelligence Oversight Act (H.R. 5954) - a bill to strengthen the process by which information regarding classified intelligence programs is made available to Members of Congress. "Members of Congress are entrusted with the responsibility to do vigorous oversight to ensure Americans' safety and to guarantee our freedom," Schiff said. "We should not have to rely on the morning paper to learn about sec… Continue Reading


07.28.06

Supporting a Fair and Livable Minimum Wage

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my disappointment that once again the Members of this House appear poised to let another opportunity pass us by that would have a meaningful impact in the lives of millions of American families. Today, we are voting on a bill that has been rushed to this House floor and purports to raise the Federal minimum wage. In reality, however, the bill before us seeks to muddy the waters about whether America's lowest paid workers deserve to make a livi… Continue Reading


07.28.06

Two Schiff Proposals to Stop Internet Predators, Solve Murders Become Law

Washington, D.C. - Two proposals by Rep. Adam Schiff became law yesterday: one to protect our children from on-line predators and another to help police solve difficult murder cases. These provisions were part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (H.R. 4472) signed into law yesterday by President Bush."We hope these provisions will help many families already victimized by brutal crimes to see the perpetrators of those crimes brought to justice," Schiff said. "The law will also… Continue Reading


07.19.06

Condemning the Recent Attacks Against the State of Israel

Mr. SCHIFF. Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of this resolution and of our friend and ally, the State of Israel. In May of 2000, Israeli forces withdrew from southern Lebanon, ending an 18-year presence that was intended to stop guerilla attacks on civilians living in northern Israel. Last summer Israeli settlers and military personnel left Gaza and part of the West Bank and turned over administration of those areas to the Palestinian Authority. The withdrawals were conciliatory gestures … Continue Reading


07.18.06

Schiff Calls on Armenian President to Extradite a Glendale Murder Suspect

Washington, D.C. - Late last week, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), along with a group of 14 bipartisan colleagues, wrote to the President of Armenia requesting that Arthur Khanzadyan be returned to the United States to stand trial for the murder of Odet Tsaturyan. In the letter, the Members expressed their belief that Mr. Khanzadyan would be much more effectively prosecuted in the United States where full access to evidence and witnesses could be ensured. "There has been an outcry from the fami… Continue Reading


07.11.06

Schiff Invites Constituents to Participate in a Letter Writing Campaign to Raise Awareness and Call for Action to Stop the Genocide in Darfur

Washington, D.C. - Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) is inviting his constituents in the 29th Congressional District to participate in a letter writing campaign at "Camp Darfur" to raise awareness and call for action to stop the Genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. Rep. Schiff will visit Camp Darfur, with individuals and the congregations of area churches to participate in timely and critically important letter-writing campaigns to elected officials about the atrocities taking place in Darfu… Continue Reading


07.06.06

Representative Schiff Cosponsors Major Energy Independence Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Leading House Democrats, including Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), Rep. Adam Schiff(CA), member of the House International Relations Committee and, Rep. John Dingell (MI), Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member, Rep. Jim Oberstar, Transportation Committee Ranking Member, Rep. Mark Udall (CO), co-chair of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, Rep. Stephanie Herseth (SD), Rep. Earl Blumenauer, member of the House Transportation Committee and Task Force on Livable Comm… Continue Reading


07.06.06

Improving Health Through Stem Cell Research

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, it is a momentous event when a president vetoes a bill. It is a pronouncement that the lawmaking body of our federal government is in error and that the difficult lawmaking process has produced legislation not worthy of enactment. For the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, nothing could be further from the truth. I was proud to have voted for H.R. 810 when it first came to the House Floor for a vote in May 2005, and I am proud today to vote to override the Presi… Continue Reading


07.06.06

The United States and India Nuclear Cooperation Promotion Act

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for yielding, and I rise in support of this legislation and of the growing strategic partnership between the United States, the world's oldest democracy, and India, the world's largest. The hard work by Members and the staff on the IR Committee under the leadership of the chairman and ranking member have produced a bill that better attempts to address legitimate nonproliferation concerns and respects congressional authority to approve agree… Continue Reading


06.29.06

Supreme Court Ruling Casts Even More Doubt on NSA Surveillance Program

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld that the President did not have the authority to set up the "military commissions" in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and that they are invalid. In analyzing the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) -- passed by Congress just days after the September 11th attacks -- to determine whether Congress provided separate and new authority to establish military commissions, the Court concluded that "there is nothing in the text o… Continue Reading

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