Press Releases

07.30.15

Rep. Schiff Statement on USGS Awarding $4 Million for Earthquake Early Warning System

Washington, DC - The U.S. Geological Survey awarded approximately $4 million this week to four universities - California Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley, University of Washington and University of Oregon - to support transitioning the "ShakeAlert" earthquake early warning system toward a production stage. USGS also provided an additional $1 million to purchase new earthquake early warning sensor equipment. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who helped secure the funding i… Continue Reading


07.29.15

Rep. Schiff and 19 California Members to FAA – Consider Deploying Drone Mitigation Technologies in Civilian Drones to Prevent Interference in Firefighting Activities

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and nineteen Members of the California Congressional Delegation sent a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta urging the agency to consider measures to prevent commercial and hobbyist drones from interfering in firefighting operations. Recently, as the "North Fire" threatened cars on the 15 Freeway, firefighting planes had to be rerouted because of five drones fl… Continue Reading


07.23.15

Rep. Schiff to FAA – Consider Requiring “Geo-Fencing” in Civilian Drones to Prevent Interference in Firefighting Activities

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, began circulating a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta among his California colleagues urging the agency to consider measures to prevent commercial and hobbyist drones from interfering in firefighting operations. Recently, as the "North Fire" threatened cars on the 10 Freeway, firefighting planes had to be rerouted because of five drones flying in the area. T… Continue Reading


07.14.15

Reps. Schiff and Ros-Lehtinen Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reform Residential Treatment and Youth Boot Camp Programs

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced bipartisan legislation to reform residential treatment and youth "boot camp" programs nationwide. Residential treatment programs have existed for several decades as a last resort treatment option for children with mental health issues. Families turn to these programs when in need of more assistance than traditional inpatient mental health services or intermediate therapy programs are able to offer. In fact… Continue Reading


07.14.15

Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Schiff Statement on Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Washington, DC -- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement: "Throughout the long standoff with Iran over its nuclear program, I have expressed my preference for a diplomatic solution that would prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. To accomplish this, I have supported a series of ever tightening American sanctions and efforts to rally the international community to isolate Iran, raising… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Rep. Schiff Reintroduces Constitutional Amendment Permitting Regulation of Campaign Spending

Washington, DC - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) today reintroduced a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's ill-considered opinion in Citizens United, and other Supreme Court precedent, which have made it impossible to regulate the billions in campaign spending unleashed over the last two decades. The amendment also overturns the Supreme Court decision Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, which struck down an Arizona law that allowed public financing of a candid… Continue Reading


06.17.15

Rep. Schiff Secures Additional $5 million for a Second Year in a Row To Continue Building Out Earthquake Early Warning System

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that the Appropriations Committee has once again included $5 million in funding in the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for a west coast earthquake early warning system. Last year, for the first time, Congress appropriated $5 million specifically for the system. This continued funding during a time of severe budget constraints demonstrates the importance of the system and Congress's commitment to seeing t… Continue Reading


06.12.15

Rep. Schiff and Members of Los Angeles Delegation Urge Park Service to Embrace Broadest Alternative in Final Rim of the Valley Report

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) along with six members of the Los Angeles Congressional Delegation, sent a letter to the National Park Service (NPS) regarding its recently released draft report on the Rim of the Valley Special Resources Study. The study examined the possibility of expanding the boundary of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) to include the Rim of the Valley Corridor. The letter commends NPS's proposed enlargement of the existing SMMN… Continue Reading


06.11.15

House Narrowly Defeats Rep. Schiff Amendment Forcing Vote on ISIS War Authorization

Washington, DC -- Today, the House of Representatives narrowly rejected an amendment to the annual Defense Appropriations bill by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) by a vote of 196-231, despite bipartisan support. Schiff's amendment would have required Congress to debate and vote on a new authorization for use of military force (AUMF) by March 31st, 2016. The amendment would accomplish this by prohibiting funds in the defense appropriations bill from being used for Operation Inherent Resolve - which is… Continue Reading


06.02.15

Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Schiff Statement on Senate Passage of USA Freedom Act

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and co-sponsor of the USA Freedom Act, released the following statement: "Senate passage of the USA Freedom Act is a vital step forward in reforming our intelligence programs to ensure that we maximize both security and privacy. The bill's provisions will end bulk collection and add important checks and balances in the FISA Court by introducing an independent advocate and … Continue Reading


06.01.15

Rep. Schiff Names 2019 Appointees to Military Service Academies

Washington, DC - This week, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) met with students appointed to the Service Academy class of 2019. Four students from the 28th Congressional District will leave shortly to join the Cadets and Midshipmen at our nation's prestigious Service Academies. Appointments include: Lucien Frederic Brule, a Glendale resident who attended Campbell Hall Episcopal High School. Lucien received an appointment to both the Air Force Academy and Military Academy (West Point). He has c… Continue Reading


05.20.15

Rep. Adam Schiff Praises Appropriations Committee for Fully Funding Planetary Science

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after the Commerce, Justice and Science FY 2016 Appropriations bill was marked up in the full committee, which now heads to the House Floor in the coming months: "Some rare good news on federal funding for an important priority today, when the House Appropriations Committee agreed to fund Planetary Science and NASA at levels far above what the President requested. By providing full funding - and in many cases, strong increases - f… Continue Reading


05.14.15

Rep. Schiff Calls for Immediate Implementation of Positive Train Control Across the Country

Washington, DC - Today, in the wake of the tragic Amtrak crash in Philadelphia that so far has cost the lives of eight people, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) called for urgent implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC), a predictive collision-avoidance technology which can override an operator to prevent train collisions and save lives. The technology consists of GPS signals and wayside devices that can detect unapproved train movement or trains going too fast with the ability to stop the train rem… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Schiff Statement on Passage of USA Freedom Act – “A Straight Reauthorization is Nonstarter in the House”

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and co-sponsor of the USA Freedom Act, released the following statement: "Today's passage of the USA Freedom Act with a strong bipartisan vote is an important step forward for efforts to reform our nation's surveillance programs. I believe that this bill is a big win for both privacy and security, by ending the bulk collection of phone metadata and maintaining the capabili… Continue Reading


05.11.15

Rep. Schiff Statement on TPA Legislation

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) issued the following statement: "While negotiations of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) were underway, I withheld judgment on its merits. I have not supported fast track authorities in the past, believing that Congress should preserve a role in shaping trade agreements, but was willing to hold off in light of representations that this would be a new type of authority. However, now that the legislation has been finalized and I have had time to full… Continue Reading


05.06.15

Rep. Schiff Writes Letter to Metro Board Members Opposing 710 Tunnel Alternative After EIR Released

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) sent a letter to Chairman Eric Garcetti and members of the Los Angeles Metro Board opposing the SR 710 North freeway tunnel alternative proposed in the SR 710 North Study by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). In the letter, Schiff pushes the Board and Metro to instead study a more innovative, multimodal approach, combining mass transit, bikeways, new … Continue Reading


04.30.15

Reps. Schiff and Cole, Along With 28 Members, Send Bipartisan Letter Urging Debate and Vote on ISIS War

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Tom Cole (R-OK) sent a letter along with 28 bipartisan Members of Congress to Speaker John Boehner urging that an authorization for use of military force, or AUMF, be brought up for debate and vote in the relevant committees and on the House Floor. "I find it deeply ironic that Congress has been so willing to wade into a diplomatic agreement with Iran that is not yet finalized, but not take up its constitutionally-mandated responsibility to … Continue Reading


04.28.15

Rep. Schiff Announces Winners of 2015 Congressional Art Competition

Burbank, CA -This weekend, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) hosted the annual 28th District Congressional Art Competition Forum and Exhibit at Van De Kamp Hall in Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge. During the exhibit, attended by more than 200 students, teachers and parents, Schiff announced that Lauren Suh's piece "Gussie" had won first place and will be included in the nationwide Congressional Arts Competition: An Artistic Discovery, in Washington, D.C. Her artwork will hang in the United S… Continue Reading


04.24.15

Rep. Adam Schiff Statement on the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Los Angeles, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a lead sponsor of the Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution in Congress, released the following statement on the 100thanniversary of the Armenian Genocide: "One hundred years ago, the Ottoman Empire attempted to annihilate an entire race in the first genocide of the last century. When it was over, 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children lay dead and many thousands of others barely survived. Despite a brutal campaign of massacres, f… Continue Reading


04.22.15

Rep. Schiff Reads 1,000 Names of the 1.5 Million Armenians Lost in the Genocide During Special Order Hour on House Floor

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), for an entire hour on the House Floor, read the names of a small fraction of the 1.5 million people killed during the Armenian Genocide after business concluded in the House for the day. During the hour, Schiff read 1,000 names of constituents' relatives and those of the Armenian-American community that were submitted over the past two weeks to the office through social media and email. Schiff's reading of the names comes the day after the White… Continue Reading

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