Press Releases


Passport to Homeownership: A First-Time Homebuyer Fair

When: Saturday, November 12, 2005Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.Where: Almansor Court 700 South Almansor Street in AlhambraWho: Congressman Adam Schiff, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, representatives from the City of Alhambra, the State of California, mortgage lenders, realtors, and first-time homebuyer organizationsJoin us for this free event to learn about programs designed to help you prepare for that first home purchase. Representatives will discuss:Special assistance pr… Continue Reading


Court Security Bill Passes Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Federal, state and local judges are facing greater threats, from the deadly attacks inside an Atlanta courtroom to the horrible murder of Chicago Federal Judge Lefkow's family. In response to these and other horrific incidents the House Judiciary Committee passed the "Secure Access to Justice and Court Protection Act of 2005," a bill that increases protections for judges and other officers of the court. The bill included two provisions offered by Congressman Schiff:Provides G… Continue Reading


Condemning Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Threats Against Israel

Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding me time.Mr. Speaker, anyone who held out hope that despite his reputation as a hard liner that Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, would adopt a more statesmanlike posture in office, has been bitterly, tragically, and unequivocally set straight. The Iranian dictator has instead chosen the role of international outlaw.With his remarks 2 days ago that Israel must be wiped off the map, the Iranian strongman showed utter disregard for human … Continue Reading


Schiff Statement on Harriet Miers

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Adam Schiff made the following statement:"Significant questions have been raised about the strength of Harriet Miers' background and qualifications for the Supreme Court. Nonetheless, she deserved a fair hearing and should not have been forced to withdraw her nomination prior to confirmation proceedings. The inconsistent and often problematic manner in which the White House defended her nomination contributed to its failure, as did the increasingly poisonous cl… Continue Reading


House Passes Schiff Resolution Congratulating Israel on New U.N. Role

WASHINGTON, DC - The House passed a resolution today (H. Res. 368) congratulating Israel on the election of its UN Ambassador, Dan Gillerman, as a Vice-President of the United Nations General Assembly. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced the resolution in July, with Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH), Vice-Chairman of the Middle East and Central Asia Subcommittee.Gillerman is the first Israeli to be elected to that post in over five decades. The only other Israeli was Abba Eban, who held th… Continue Reading


Schiff Offers Frivolous Lawsuit Abuse Amendment

Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.I rise today to offer an amendment in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 420, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2005, with the gentleman from Wisconsin (Mr. Kind).I thank the Rules Committee for affording us this opportunity to offer and debate our substitute amendment on the floor today.Mr. Chairman, the base bill certainly has an important and worthy stated goal of cracking down on the filing of frivolous lawsuits. As a former Federal pr… Continue Reading


Mourning the Loss of Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of Ms. Rosa Parks who died on October 24, 2005 at the age of 92.In 1955, Rosa Parks was a seamstress, housekeeper and volunteer at the local NAACP chapter in Montgomery, Alabama. One winter evening, the 42-year-old was riding a city bus home after a long day of work. Rather than give up her seat to a white person, she chose to be arrested, setting off a 381-day boycott of the bus system organized by a young Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her simple act o… Continue Reading


Schiff Mourns the Loss of Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) had the following statement on the passing of Civil Rights Icon, Rosa Parks:"I rise today to honor the life of Ms. Rosa Parks who died on October 24, 2005 at the age of 92.""In 1955, Rosa Parks was a seamstress, housekeeper and volunteer at the local NAACP chapter in Montgomery, Alabama. One winter evening, the 42-year-old was riding a city bus home after a long day of work. Rather than give up her seat to a white person, she chose t… Continue Reading


Information and Resources for Victims of the California Wildfires

Our hearts go out to those in our Southern California community whose lives and property have been devastated by the California wildfires. Below are links to websites that provide up-to-date fire information, ways in which Californians can provide assistance, and where help for victims can be found. Victims HotlineToll-free registration for disaster victims.1-800-621-FEMA1-800-462-7585 (TTD) ResourcesReceive help and guidance from various federal, state and local agencies.Federal EmergencyMan… Continue Reading


Hurricane Katrina Unearths the Disastrous Fiscal State of Our Country

Mr. Speaker, almost a year ago, I spoke on this House floor warning of the dangers posed by the latest effort of the majority party to raise the debt limit for the third time during this administration to a whopping $8.18 trillion.I used the occasion to contrast the fiscal policies of the Clinton administration, namely, turning the largest budget deficits in history to the largest budget surpluses in history, with the fiscal policies of the current administration. However, my protestations and t… Continue Reading


Dreier, Schiff Introduces "Justice for Peace Officiers Act"

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman David Dreier (R-CA), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, and Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced an updated version of the Peace Officer Justice Act today. The new bill, the Justice for Peace Officers Act incorporates changes suggested by the law enforcement community. The new legislation will still make it a federal crime to murder a peace officer and flee the country, but it also includes increased penalties and … Continue Reading


On the Introduction of the Fostering Our Future Act

Mr. Speaker, last week I introduced the Fostering Our Future Act of 2005, a bill to help our Nation's foster youth by strengthening dependency courts and requiring accountability. Foster care is a critical safety net for half a million abused and neglected American children.It is, however, a system in need of drastic reform and greater support. Twenty percent of all foster kids will be forced to wait over 5 years for a safe, permanent family. Even worse, almost 20,000 older youth age out of … Continue Reading


Schiff Armenian Genocide Resolution Passed by Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - For the first time in five years, the House International Relations Committee passed Armenian Genocide legislation (H. Con. Res. 195 and H. Res. 316) clearing the way for a historic vote on the House Floor. In June, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) secured a commitment for today's mark-up from House International Relations Committee Chairman Henry Hyde (R-IL). A mark-up is the final hurdle a bill must pass before a vote by the full House of Representatives is possible. The Schif… Continue Reading


Hurricane Katrina Information & Relief Efforts

"Hurricane Katrina has ravaged the Southeast and shocked a nation. This is a tragedy of enormous proportions, and I join with millions of Americans in expressing my deepest sorrow for the loss of life suffered so dramatically and painfully." - Congressman SchiffCongressman Schiff spoke on the House Floor regarding his dissatisfaction with the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina. To view his floor speech, click here.In addition, Congressman Schiff sent a letter to … Continue Reading


Congressman Schiff Urges Floor Vote to Recognize the Armenian Genocide

Mr. Speaker, today, in the Committee on International Relations a remarkable thing happened. Not one but two resolutions recognizing the facts of the Armenian genocide passed out of the committee with strong bipartisan support, indeed with the support of both the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. Hyde), the chairman, and the gentleman from California (Mr. Lantos), the ranking member.One of those resolutions I introduced to recognize the first genocide of the 20th century, the genocide which claimed t… Continue Reading


Rehnquist, Roberts, and the Relationship with Congress

Madam Speaker, as we honor Chief Justice William Rehnquist's life, we pause to reflect on his service to our country, a record of service that was colored with honor, dignity, and distinction.Many commentators are focused on his success ushering in a quiet, conservative revolution on the Court. Another remarkable facet of Rehnquist's legacy, however, is found in a much more understated role of the Chief Justice, that of the judiciary's chief advocate and ambassador. The hallmark of h… Continue Reading


Congressman Schiff Speaks on the Devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the Inadequate Federal Response

Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the supplemental appropriation to help the people devastated by this hurricane. As Members can probably tell, I have laryngitis. I may lose my voice again during the course of my remarks, but I feel compelled to speak today at the outset to express my sincere condolence to all those families that have lost loved ones or still wonder where their loved ones are in the wake of this terrifying and terrible hurricane.My heart goes out to all of those that have been i… Continue Reading


Mugabe's Reign of Terror in Zimbabwe

Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word for the purpose of a colloquy.Mr. Chairman, 25 years ago this April, the breakaway British colony of Rhodesia emerged from years of guerilla conflict as the new nation of Zimbabwe. The United States and many other Western nations were hopeful that Zimbabwe's new President, Robert Mugabe, who came to prominence as a guerrilla leader in the 1970s, would moderate his Marxist views and build a better future for all Zimbabwe citizens. Zimbabwe's… Continue Reading


U.S. Supreme Cout Upholds Intellectual Property Protection

CONGRESSMAN ADAM B. SCHIFFOF CALIFORNIAIN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESMr. Speaker, today the United States Supreme Court, in a unanimous 9-0 decision, held that peer-to-peer file-swapping companies can be held liable if they promote the use of their sites to infringe copyright. The Grokster decision is a victory for all law-abiding Americans, especially the hardworking and talented individuals that make up our creative industries.I am pleased that the Supreme Court struck the right balance betwe… Continue Reading


Floor Debate on Flake/Schiff Patriot Act Library Amendment

Mr. Chairman, I rise today to urge my colleagues to support the Flake-Schiff amendment, which would make an important change to section 215 if it is ever used in the library or bookstore context. This amendment is substantially similar to one I offered in the Committee on the Judiciary with the gentlewoman from California (Ms. Waters), but one I agreed to withdraw in order to work with the gentleman from Arizona (Mr. Flake) in a bipartisan fashion on a proposal for consideration on the House flo… Continue Reading

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