Schiff Announces Over $250,000 in Department of Justice Funding for Glendale’s Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that the Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory (VRCL) in Glendale has been awarded $253,897 through the FY19 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program administered by the Department of Justice (DOJ). This funding will help the lab increase capacity and more quickly process DNA evidence, including sexual assault kits. The DNA Lab serves Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, and the surrounding communities. "The Verdugo Regional Crime Laborator… Continue Reading


Schiff Introduces Legislation to Address Shortage of Affordable Housing Options

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced the introduction of the Affordable Housing Incentive Act to address the severe shortage of affordable housing options, particularly in cities with competitive real estate markets. Specifically, this bill would create tax incentives for property owners who sell to public housing agencies, thereby increasing the stock of affordable housing options. "In a nation as prosperous as America, families and individuals should not struggle to put a roof over their … Continue Reading


Schiff, Jayapal Introduce Resolution to Support Global Breastfeeding Education, Protection and Promotion

Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduced a resolution recognizing the scientifically proven health and economic benefits of breastfeeding for babies and parents, and the importance of global education campaigns to inform parents about their options and best practices. "Every parent has the right to choose how to feed their baby, but many parents face heightened barriers to breastfeeding, including less flexible working conditions," said Rep. Schiff. "Unfortunately, … Continue Reading


Schiff Introduces Legislation to Create a Federal Domestic Terrorism Crime

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, introduced legislation - The Confronting the Threat of Domestic Terrorism Act - that would create a federal domestic terrorism crime. It would cover, among other things, terrorist acts by domestic actors without links to foreign organizations; and thus ensure that attacks like the one in El Paso, the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and the Emanuel African Episcopal Church in Charleston can be… Continue Reading


Schiff Introduces Food for Thought Act to Address Food Insecurity on Community College Campuses

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced the Food for Thought Act, which would create a demonstration program to make grants available to community colleges so they can provide free meals to food-insecure students. The program would be administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) within the United States Department of Agriculture. "Community colleges play an essential role in providing a first class education and giving all Americans the tools to succeed," said Rep. Schiff. "Yet financ… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show: If Reports True, General Flynn Should Resign

On Friday, February 10, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) appeared on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the very serious allegations made against General Michael Flynn that he communicated with the Russian Ambassador before Trump took office about U.S. sanctions policy. Schiff also discussed the House Intelligence Committee investigation into Russian hacking.… Continue Reading


Is Moscow meddling in the presidential election? (USA Today)

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and state election offices in Arizona and Illinois can be traced to the Russian government itself or hackers sanctioned by it. But the president this week declined to threaten Moscow, or even directly declare it responsible. "We've had problems with cyber-intrusions from Russia in the past, from other countries in the past," Obama said after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 conference in China. But he didn't suggest r… Continue Reading


U.S. investigating potential covert Russian plan to disrupt November elections (Washington Post)

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the upcoming presidential election and in U.S. political institutions, intelligence and congressional officials said. The aim is to understand the scope and intent of the Russian campaign, which incorporates ­cyber-tools to hack systems used in the political process, enhancing Russia's ability to spread disinformation. The eff… Continue Reading


Key Islamic State official killed in Syria, group says (Los Angeles Times)

Lone wolves and Islamic State's most lethally trained operatives alike heeded his words -- and turned them into bloody deeds. Abu Muhammad Adnani, whose death was announced Tuesday by the extremist group, was a chief architect of its war against the West. He exhorted European-born fighters to commit attacks on home ground rather than joining the fight in Syria and Iraq - and pointed the way for those with no ties to the group to embrace "martyrdom" on its behalf. Adnani was killed while ov… Continue Reading


Climate Change and Its Impact on California Wildfires (Crescenta Valley Weekly)

The summer months in California bring with them a devastating but familiar threat - fire. This season is unfortunately no different as six active fires continue to burn across the state. That number would be even higher were it not for the swift and effective response from firefighters throughout California working to protect people, their homes and our natural resources. With nearly one hundred homes destroyed, in addition to historic landmarks in the area, the Blue Cut Fire was a particular… Continue Reading