Press Releases


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Schiff Calls on Congress to Pass the Guantanamo Detainees Procedures Act of 2005 in the Wake of the Supreme Courts Decision on Military Tribunals

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) today issued the following statement in reaction to the Supreme Court's 5-3 ruling that the President did not have the authority to set up the "military commissions" in Guantanamo and that they are invalid. The Court found that the military commissions were not expressly authorized by any congressional act and that "the Executive is bound to comply with the Rule of Law that prevails in this jurisdiction.""I agree that the President cannot operat… Continue Reading


Congressman Schiff Speaks in Support of the Voting Rights Reauthorization

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to speak out of order. The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection, the gentleman from California is recognized for 5 minutes. There was no objection. Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, last week, the Republican leadership decided to pull the Voting Rights Act Reauthorization legislation from the floor. Debate on this historic civil rights statute had been scheduled for last Wednesday afternoon, and just hours before it was to start, the bill was withdrawn f… Continue Reading


A Time of Hope for Nagorno-Karabagh

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, this week I had the pleasure of meeting with Nagorno-Karabagh's Foreign Minister George Petrosian and National Assembly Speaker Ashot Ghulian. I have long supported the right of self-determination for the people of Nagorno-Karabagh and greatly admire the efforts of the people of this historically Armenian region to build democracy and a market economy in the face of hostility from Azerbaijan. It is a time of hope for a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict that… Continue Reading


Opposing Funding Cuts for NASA

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Chairman, I thank the chairman for yielding, and I rise in opposition to this amendment, regrettably for my friend from New York. I also am a very strong supporter of the COPS program, like my friend from Alabama, a former prosecutor. I have always supported and continue to support the COPS program. But robbing one vital program to support another is not the answer. Representing Southern California, the home of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, I have seen the tremendous space scien… Continue Reading


The Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press Calls on Secretary of State Rice to Urge Russia to Protect Journalist Rights

Washington, D.C. - Representative Adam Schiff, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for the Freedom of the Press, today wrote to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to ask her to call on Russia to take action to protect the independence and freedom of journalists in Russia when she meets with the Russian foreign minister next week. The letter also encouraged Secretary Rice to call on Russia to continue its investigation into slain journalist Paul Klebnikov's murder and to prosecute all those re… Continue Reading


Schiff Strengthens Nonproliferation Provisions

Washington, D.C. - The House Committee on International Relations today passed an amendment authored by Representative Adam Schiff that would ensure that the United States' nuclear cooperation agreement with India - designed to improve safeguards on India's civilian nuclear energy program - will not be used to facilitate India's nuclear weapons program. The amendment was passed as part of the United States and India Nuclear Cooperation Promotion Act of 2006 (H.R. 5682), which makes way for a pa… Continue Reading


Congressman Schiff Urges Secretary of State Rice to Support the Addition of Strict Guidelines on International Small Arms and Light Weapons Transfers

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Adam Schiff, late yesterday, sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging her to help reduce the international transfer of small arms and light weapons (SALW) to deadly conflict zones and terrorist organizations. Congressman Schiff's letter, cosigned by 69 House colleagues, is being sent in advance of the United Nations meetings in New York from June 26-July 7 combating the proliferation of SALW. "The easy availability of SALW -- particularly assault … Continue Reading


Schiff, Flake, Inslee, Van Hollen Author Bipartisan Amendment to Prohibit NSA Surveillance on American Soil Unless Authorized by Law

WASHINGTON, DC - Representative Adam Schiff today offered a bipartisan amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations bill that would block any funds from being used by the NSA and other Defense Department agencies for electronic surveillance in the United States unless the surveillance complies with Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) laws. The amendment was debated on the House Floor for over an hour and a half and a vote is expected on it later tonight. "Electronic surveillan… Continue Reading


Calling for an End to Impunity for Predators of Press Freedom

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to mark the 18-month anniversary of a tragic event that is symptomatic of the deterioration of press freedom in the Gambia and elsewhere.On December 16, 2004, one of the most respected journalists in West Africa, Deyda Hydara, was shot in the head and chest by unidentified gunmen. He died instantly, but the repercussions of his murder sent a shock wave through media and human rights advocates throughout the region. Mr. Hydara co-founded the Gambia's first independent ne… Continue Reading


Schiff Secures Funds to Improve Emergency Medical Care in Glendale

Washington, DC - Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) today announced that the House Appropriations Committee passed a measure that includes funds for an emergency room expansion and equipment upgrades at Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC). The bill is expected to pass the House next week. "This funding will benefit everyone in our community ensuring better access to emergency medical care," Schiff said. "These resources will allow the Glendale Adventist Medical Center to keep up with the … Continue Reading


Schiff Secures Funds for Community Based Organizations in Pasadena that Help At-Risk Youth and the Homeless

Washington, DC - Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) today announced that the House Appropriations Committee passed a measure that includes funds for family services and after-school arts education activities for low-income children in Pasadena. The bill is expected to pass the House next week. "The Armory Center and Union Station provide essential services to our youth and to the homeless population in our community. I am pleased that the Congress can play an important partnership role in suppor… Continue Reading


House Judiciary Committee Passes Schiff Amendment to Provide Greater Privacy Protection Through Increased Congressional Oversight

Washington D.C. - The House Judiciary Committee yesterday took up a bill that would require federal agencies to inform the public of the impact on personal privacy of any proposed regulations. The legislation would require agencies to provide notice about the collection of personal data stemming from any proposed rules and protect that data from misuse. The bill will provide agencies with an exemption from this requirement when national security is at risk. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) autho… Continue Reading

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