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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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