Adam in the News


Regulations needed to reduce excessive helicopter noise in L.A. County, activists say (Los Angeles Daily News)

Frustrated by years of largely unsuccessful efforts to get helicopter companies and pilots to voluntarily adopt noise-reduction policies, activists are now asking the FAA to enact mandatory regulations in their quest for quieter skies over Los Angeles County. Legislation was passed last year requiring "significant progress" to be made by the Federal Aviation Administration on the issue by the end of 2014 or a regulatory process would begin. That has not occurred, said members of the Los An… Continue Reading


Democrats mull exit from Benghazi panel: House member (Reuters)

Democrats on a U.S. House of Representatives panel investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks will discuss resigning from the committee after Hillary Clinton testifies before it this week, a Democratic panel member told Reuters on Tuesday. "That, I think, is going to be a matter of our discussion after the hearing this week: How much longer does it make sense for us to continue to participate?" Representative Adam Schiff said in an interview. Being part of the Republican-majority panel puts D… Continue Reading


Gowdy’s pleas to keep Benghazi probe above politics have gone unheeded (Washington Post)

Upon being named chairman last year of the House investigation into the 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomats in Libya, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said he would insist on keeping his probe above the fray. "There are certain things in our culture that have to transcend politics, and I don't mean to sound naive, but the murder of four fellow Americans and an attack on a facility that is emblematic of our country should transcend politics," Gowdy said on Fox News Channel the day after he was tapped to le… Continue Reading


Democrat: Benghazi committee leaking damaging information on Clinton (The Hill)

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, says the panel has often leaked damaging information in order to derail former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. "The way that this committee has operated is by leak of damaging information with only one objective, and that is all the leaks have a common denominator, all of the leaks are designed to hurt Secretary Clinton," Schiff said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. Schiff said … Continue Reading


McCarthy makes plain what Democrats have long suspected about the Benghazi committee (Los Angeles Times)

Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy has yet to win the speaker's gavel, but he is already stepping into a rhetorical minefield that shows the perils of the job. McCarthy, the no. 2 House Republican, who is favored to become the top leader in Congress after Speaker John A. Boehner steps down at the end of month, gave an interview Tuesday night to Fox News in which he seemed to concede a key Democratic talking point: that the GOP investigation into the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, is all about pol… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Announces La Cañada High School Named “National Blue Ribbon” School (Crescenta Valley Weekly)

Today, Rep. Schiff congratulated La Cañada High School for being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School and released the following statement: "I want to congratulate the students, teachers, school board members and administrative staff on the occasion of La Cañada High School being named a Blue Ribbon school. Every year, the National Blue Ribbon award graces the entrances of schools that excel at producing the best students. It is a testament to the entire community, and the … Continue Reading


Rep. Adam Schiff: Pope Francis Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize (TIME Magazine)

In America these days, we tend to view everything through the prism of transient popularity or politics-who's up, who's down, who's supporting the Democrats or the Republicans. But in Pope Francis, we find someone who transcends the trends or usual divides, and who has used his pulpit to encourage action on the issues that truly matter, informed by nothing but his faith and communion with God. I am not a Catholic, so it might seem odd for me to be calling for the Pope, the leader of the Roman C… Continue Reading


More Needs to Be Done to Help Syrian Refugees (Crescenta Valley Weekly)

Over the past four years, the world has watched in horror as Syria has descended into chaos. The clash between Bashar Al-Assad's brutal regime, assorted rebel groups and militant Islamic extremists has left the country a nightmarish war-zone and helped produce the biggest refugee crisis since the end of World War II. This humanitarian disaster has affected countries far beyond the Syrian border, as millions of refugees flee into surrounding countries and Europe. Secretary of State John Kerry re… Continue Reading


Should Pope Francis receive the Nobel Peace Prize? (Washington Post)

At least one member of Congress thinks so. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) began circulating a letter to colleagues on Wednesday nominating Pope Francis for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. "Pope Francis has been a powerful advocate for peace, urging an end to conflict and support for constitutive ties among nations," the letter states. "He has called on the world to use diplomacy and discussion to solve disputes, rather than military force, coercion or intimidation. This commitment to nonviolence, whi… Continue Reading


Help Syrian refugees? Readers respond to our Question of the Week: Letters (Los Angeles Daily News)

There is no simple answer to address the Syrian refugee crisis. One thing that we can do to help thousands of families involves extending humanitarian parole to those Syrians who have family in the United States and already have approved family-based immigrant petitions as part of a larger effort. Humanitarian parole allows individuals into the United States on a temporary basis due to a "compelling emergency." And while it is a tool used sparingly, it has, in the past, saved the lives of tens … Continue Reading


Burbank Congressman Adam Schiff Calls For US To Expedite Immigration For 20,000 Syrians (CBS Los Angeles)

LOS ANGELES ( - Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) is advocating for the United States to speed up immigration for 20,000 Syrians. Schiff, in an interview with KNX 1070 on Friday, said he is urging colleagues in Congress to extend so-called humanitarian parole to Syrians who wish to be reunited with family members in the U.S. Many have already applied to immigrate and have been approved, but are facing long delays due to a cap on visas, he said. All those who enter the U.S. would … Continue Reading


Overnight Regulation: Dems push FDA to finalize nutrition rule (The Hill)

House Democrats are calling on the Obama administration to act swiftly in finalizing a rule that would require food producers to list a percent daily value for added sugars on the Nutrition Facts Labels on packaged foods. In a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Stephen Ostroff, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said added sugars contribute to a myriad of health issues. Though the World Health Organization and the American Heart Association re… Continue Reading


Schiff and Chu Back Obama (Pasadena Weekly)

After deep reflection, US Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank on Friday, Sept. 11, voted to support President Barack Obama's efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear bomb by better controlling that country's already operating nuclear power program. "I voted today to support the Iran deal negotiated by the administration and the representatives of the other P5+1 nations - a deal which will realistically prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon," said Schiff, the ranking member of the House Per… Continue Reading


Analysts Detail Claims That Reports on ISIS Were Distorted (New York Times)

WASHINGTON - A group of intelligence analysts have provided investigators with documents they say show that senior military officers manipulated the conclusions of reports on the war against the Islamic State, according to several government officials, as lawmakers from both parties voiced growing anger that they may have received a distorted picture about the military campaign's progress. The Pentagon's inspector general, who is examining the claims, is focusing on senior intelligence official… Continue Reading


House Rejects Iran Nuclear Deal (New York Times)

WASHINGTON - Following the playbook of their crusade against the Affordable Care Act, congressional Republicans on Friday showed no sign of letting up in their effort to pressure the White House over the Iran nuclear accord, even after the Senate effectively settled the matter and blocked a Republican resolution aimed at stopping the deal. The House, as expected, rejected the Iran deal overwhelmingly, in a vote that was sharply along partisan lines. Some House Republicans also said they were c… Continue Reading


Top House Intel Dem: Silicon Valley asking for encryption proposal (The Hill)

Silicon Valley is urging the government to present a proposed solution to the so-called "going dark" problem, in which law enforcement is worried criminals will use encryption to hide nefarious activities. "Why don't they give us a proposal and let us weigh in on it," was the message Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said he received when he met with top officials from Facebook, Google and Twitter last week. During remarks Thursday at Intelligen… Continue Reading


FBI director: Ability to unlock encryption is not a ‘fatal’ security flaw (Washington Post)

In the tug of war between the government and U.S. companies over whether firms should hold a key to unlock encrypted communications, a frequent argument of technologists and privacy experts is that maintaining such a key poses a security threat. But on Thursday, FBI Director James B. Comey pointed out that a number of major Internet companies do just that "so they can read our e-mails and send us ads." And, he said: "I've never heard anybody say those companies are fundamentally insecure and f… Continue Reading


It’s time to work together, focus on strengthening constraints on Iran (The Jewish Journal)

Several days ago, Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the 34th senator to announce support for the agreement reached by the representatives of the P5+1 nations and Iran over its nuclear program, thus assuring that a presidential veto of a bill of disapproval in the Congress would be sustained and the pact would go into force. The debate over the Iran agreement has been pointed, painful and, at times, deeply destructive. Opponents of the deal have been described as warmongers or faced the a… Continue Reading


Gun violence in America can be stemmed (Burbank Leader)

Last month, television screens carried the tragic news of yet another shooting, this time the horrific on-air murder of two Virginia television journalists, Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Anyone watching the events unfold could be forgiven if it felt like they had seen this nightmare before because they have - many, many times. Some of these shooting, like the one in Virginia, become front-page news, covered as part of the endless "breaking news" on the 24-hour news networks. A white supremacist … Continue Reading


New push to regulate teen residential treatment centers

This story contains bonus audio Megan Stokes from the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs talks to Take Two. 6 min 42 sec Congressman Adam Schiff introduced legislation aimed at regulating the country's residential treatment and "boot camp" programs for troubled teens yesterday. While some facilities successfully treat young people, a federal report from 2008 cites instances of physical and emotional abuse at a number of camps across the country. The report also r… Continue Reading

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