Press Releases

12.17.05

Schiff Detainee Measure Passes Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - A measure requiring the Attorney General to regularly report to Congress on the status of U.S. citizens detained by the federal government passed Congress as part of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Reauthorization Bill. Schiff originally introduced the measure as an amendment to the DOJ Reauthorization bill in September 2003. The same measure passed the full House in the last Congress but failed to become law when the DOJ Reauthorization bill was stalled in the Senate. This me… Continue Reading


12.16.05

A New Day for Iraq

Mr. Speaker, the initial reports of yesterday's Iraqi election all point to it having been a remarkable day for the Iraqi people. Although Iraq's security situation remains precarious and the country's economy and much of the infrastructure have yet to be repaired, the past year has seen important progress in the country's political development.More than 11 million Iraqis went to the polls to cast their votes for a new parliament and a new future. Iraq Sunnis who boycotted the po… Continue Reading


12.15.05

Saving for a Rainy Day

Madam Speaker, the poet Longfellow once wrote: "Thy fate is the common fate of all; into each life some rain must fall.'' How true this is.We know that calamities will come to our Nation. We know that terrorists are trying to attack us again and that Osama bin Laden wants to strike us with weapons of mass destruction. We know that in years to come hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters will devastate our shores, our towns, our homes, and most terrible, our v… Continue Reading


12.08.05

Schiff Calls for GAO Investigation of IRS

WASHINGTON, DC - Earlier today, Congressman Adam Schiff called for a Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation of the IRS practices regarding the tax-exempt status of churches and other houses of worship. Following news reports that All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena was under investigation after an anti-war sermon that was given by Rev. George Regas in 2004, Rep. Schiff requested a report from the IRS on its practices. He has now joined with two other members in a bipartisan re… Continue Reading


12.08.05

America's Safety Net at Risk

Mr. Speaker, in the face of our $8.1 trillion debt, the House recently passed a budget reconciliation bill. This so-called Deficit Reduction Act cut spending by $53 billion by cutting programs like health care for the sick, education benefits for students, child support help for parents, and food stamps for hungry families. Even as supporters of the budget reconciliation bill applauded their own new-found frugality, they knew the savings would never be realized because today the House passed a t… Continue Reading


11.18.05

Schiff Secures Funding for Metrolink Safety Improvements

WASHINGTON, DC - Following January's deadly Metrolink crash, Congressman Adam Schiff has re-focused federal efforts on improving the safety and security of Southern California's regional rail. Congress approved his request for $500,000 in federal funding to pay for critical safety improvements to Metrolink including median separators and locked gates to limit vehicular access to rail tracks.The bill also included language offered by Congressman Schiff that requires the Federal Railroad Administ… Continue Reading


11.18.05

Schiff Secures Funding for Alhambra's Veterans Freedom Plaza

WASHINGTON, DC - As part of his ongoing effort to honor veterans in our community, Congressman Adam Schiff secured $250,000 in federal funding for a Veterans Freedom Plaza in Alhambra. The City of Alhambra approved a plan to construct a public plaza that includes a statue and mural dedicated to local heroes as well as a tribute to fallen soldiers.Alhambra has a proud tradition of military service including General George S. Patton, the grandson of city founding father Don Benito Wilson, and Tom … Continue Reading


11.18.05

Supporting an Honest National Debate on Iraq

Mr. Speaker, yesterday my colleague from Pennsylvania, a man whom I deeply respect and admire for his lifetime of service and sacrifice to the Nation, made a serious statement about the prosecution of the war effort by the President. His speech yesterday morning and the resolution that he introduced were heartfelt expressions that he no longer believes that we can stay the course in Iraq. Mr. Murtha believes that the continued presence of American troops in Iraq has retarded Iraqi efforts to uni… Continue Reading


11.16.05

Condemning the Terrorist Attacks in Jordan

Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of House Resolution 546 and yield myself such time as I may consume.I first want to thank the gentlewoman from Florida (Ms. Ros-Lehtinen), the chairwoman for the Subcommittee on Middle East and Central Asia, for offering this important and timely resolution.I would also like to acknowledge my friend and ranking member of the Middle East Subcommittee, the gentleman from New York (Mr. Ackerman), for his role in the crafting of the measure.Mr. Speaker, 1 week a… Continue Reading


11.15.05

Schiff Asks IRS for Answers in All Saints Episcopal Church Investigation

Earlier today, Congressman Adam Schiff sent the following letter to Treasury Secretary John W. Snow and IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson:Dear Secretary Snow and Commissioner Everson,I am concerned about a troubling report in the Los Angeles Times regarding a June 9, 2005 letter from the IRS to All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena indicating that the church is at risk of losing its tax-exempt status based on a sermon delivered on October 31, 2004 by former rector Rev. George F. Regas. I do no… Continue Reading


11.10.05

In Recognition of All Veterans Who Have Served

Mr. Speaker, this week we honor our Nation's veterans--not just the thousands who have risked their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the millions more who over the years have answered the call to arms and served as a member of the United States Armed Forces.Since the founding of this Nation, Americans have battled courageously to protect the helpless, defeat despots and spread the cause of freedom to every corner of the globe. Most of the men and women who served in World War I are no long… Continue Reading


11.09.05

Congress Supports Key Elements of Schiff's Kids First Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC - Later today, the House is expected to pass legislation that includes key support for Congressman Adam Schiff's "Kids First" agenda of initiatives to improve education, safety, and health care for our children. Several local organizations will receive support:• Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) - Pediatric Cancer Research. Funds will provide support for ongoing research at CHLA that is focused on the proteins that malfunction in cancer and other childhood diseases. "Ch… Continue Reading


11.09.05

Funding the Important Work of the Jet Propulsion

Madam Speaker, from the dawn of civilization, man has peered out into the heavens and dreamt of exploring the vast expanses of our universe. During the past half century, from America's first satellite, the grapefruit-sized Explorer I, to the International Space Station now being built 200 miles above us, human beings have begun to learn how to operate in the harsh environs of space.Our unmanned space probes--from the Ranger and Surveyor craft that paved the way for Apollo to the Voyager spa… Continue Reading


11.04.05

Asian Business Provision Passes House

WASHINGTON, DC - Several Asian business owners reported problems at California ports after their legal merchandise was held for inspection for prolonged periods of time. Congressman Adam Schiff and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard met with FDA inspectors, explained the concerns of the business owners and called for improvements to inspection practices. As a result of these meetings the House of Representatives passed a provision that directs the FDA to work closely with and be more responsi… Continue Reading


11.04.05

Supporting Our Foreign Policy Priorities

Mr. Speaker, I strongly support the conference report and congratulate the Chair and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations for their leadership in crafting this important legislation and for their work in ensuring that crucial national security priorities are appropriately funded.Even as our troops are still engaged in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, new challenges to our Nation's security and diplomatic interests are emerging. This bill does a good job of meeting these ch… Continue Reading


11.03.05

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


10.28.05

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


10.28.05

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


10.27.05

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


10.27.05

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

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