Adam in the News


FAA to debut helicopter noise-complaint system

The Federal Aviation Administration is launching a helicopter noise-complaint system for Los Angeles County, so residents can file a complaint by calling a local phone number or submitting it online. To file a complaint by phone, call (424) 348-HELI (4354) or file online at Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who along with Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, have fought for years to reduce helicopter noise in the area, said he was happy with the latest development.… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff, System of a Down share goal of Armenian Genocide recognition

While the alternative rock band System of a Down plans to use the concert stage this month as a platform to push for formal recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the United States and Turkey, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), is using his influence as a legislator toward the same goal. Their efforts coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the atrocities that began under the Ottoman Empire - what is now the Republic of Turkey - which claimed the lives of 1.5 million Armenians and others. Th… Continue Reading


Schiff tackles tough issues in Congress

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has kept a busy calendar this year, especially since he was named Ranking Member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence - a move that increased his national visability. On Tuesday, Schiff joined several of his colleagues on the committee to introduce the Protecting Cyber Networks Act. The bill would encourage businesses and the federal government to share information on known cyber threats. Representatives said it was important to stop the thr… Continue Reading


Congress members urge $16 million to fund quake early warning system

More than 30 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are urging their colleagues to allocate $16.1 million in the next federal budget for an earthquake early warning system, which could give people as much as a minute's warning before severe shaking arrives. So far, $6.5 million in federal money has been allocated for the project, including $5 million in new funding President Obama signed into law in December. But the total price tag for establishing a quake early warning system for Califo… Continue Reading


Schiff recognizes 'inspiring women' during luncheon

As part of an annual tradition in honor of Women's History Month, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) recognized a group of women from the 28th Congressional District -- including Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge -- for their service to the community. Schiff entered a special tribute to each woman into the Congressional Record, and presented the tributes at a luncheon Friday in Echo Park, according to a press release from Schiff's office. While there are no specifi… Continue Reading


'Threat-sharing' cybersecurity bill introduced in U.S. House

(Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee introduced on Tuesday long-awaited legislation intended to enhance information sharing between private companies and intelligence agencies about cybersecurity threats. Prompted in part by high-profile cyber attacks on corporations, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act would make it easier for companies to share data with the government to help prevent and respond to cyberattacks. "This is a growing concern and getting worse,… Continue Reading


House intel leaders unveil cybersecurity bill

WASHINGTON - Leaders of the House intelligence committee unveiled a bipartisan bill Tuesday that would make it easier for private companies to share cyber threat information with the government to thwart attacks by hackers. The bill contains stronger privacy protections than previous legislation, said Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who will introduce the bill Tuesday afternoon. The Protecting Cyber Networks Act specifically states that it does not give the … Continue Reading


Dem: 'Difficult to imagine' worse outcome in Yemen

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sunday said he would have trouble creating a bleaker scenario in Yemen than the current situation there. "It is difficult to imagine a more dangerous downward spiral than we have seen in Yemen the last six months," he said in a statement. "The sectarian divide is widening; a geographic chasm has opened between North and South; the proxy battleground there between Iran and Saudi Arabia has intensified; and Al Qaeda and ISIS have a new opportunity to grow in th… Continue Reading


Schiff visits Burbank High students

Not only did students learn about Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-Burbank) day-to-day experience as a congressman, they posed for pictures with him individually and many squeezed into one group "selfie" during his visit to Burbank High School on Friday. The congressman, who represents more than 700,000 people residing in neighborhoods from La Cañada Flintridge to West Hollywood, was invited to speak to students who are studying government with Burbank High teacher Christina Fahad. "This is what y… Continue Reading


Editorial: In support of Schiff's resolve

It's been such an oft-repeated action that it's almost a familiar tradition for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) to introduce a resolution calling on our president to seek the Republic of Turkey's unequivocal acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide. As expected, Schiff, along with more than 40 other members of the House of Representatives, made the valiant attempt earlier this week to right what has been a horrible wrong. Will their efforts succeed in this, the 100th anniversary of the genocide? W… Continue Reading


Park Service should release the Rim of the Valley report now

A member of Congress - or a regular person, too - probably understands that there are times when the wheels of government turn rather slowly. But Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, is certainly not exaggerating when he terms "bureaucratic neglect" the failure of the National Park Service to release a report, already delayed three times, on his proposal to create a Rim of the Valley National Recreation Area on wildlands stretching from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Angeles National Forest above … Continue Reading


Authorization for military force stalls

If you needed any evidence that Congress may be giving up on authorizing military force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a House hearing Wednesday provided plenty of evidence that the movement has stalled. The House Armed Services Committee advertised its testimony with Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey as a discussion of the so-called Authorization for the Use of Military Force, but the issue hardly came up - lawmakers instead discuss… Continue Reading


California lawmakers push Armenian genocide resolution

WASHINGTON - California lawmakers on Wednesday helped relaunch the latest, long-shot bid to put the House of Representatives on record as recognizing the Armenian genocide. A perennial effort that always faces stiff political and diplomatic headwinds, the familiar resolution was introduced Wednesday with more than 40 co-sponsors, some of them House freshmen. The intention, though, remains the same as it has been for several decades. "It's our responsibility as members of Congress . . . and… Continue Reading


Over 40 House Members Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Recognize Genocide

WASHINGTON-Representatives Robert Dold (R-IL), Adam Schiff (D-CA), David Valadao (R-CA), and Frank Pallone (D-NJ), along with 40 other Members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday introduced the Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution. This bipartisan resolution calls upon the President to work toward equitable, constructive, and durable Armenian-Turkish relations based upon the Republic of Turkey's full acknowledgement of the facts and ongoing consequences of the Armenian Genocid… Continue Reading


Republicans on Iran deal: We won’t back down

Congressional Republicans are promising to continue aggressively challenging President Obama's efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran despite confronting developments abroad and political disagreements at home that could complicate their strategy. They are not second-guessing the decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress earlier his month. Netanyahu is at risk of losing a bid for reelection in a parliamentary vote Tuesday. Meanwhile, the domestic p… Continue Reading


How to make progress on the rape kit backlog

To the editor: The Times hits the nail on the head: The backlog of untested rape kits nationwide is a national disgrace. ("Victims deserve better than nationwide rape kit backlog," editorial, March 10) After the 2008 investigation by Human Rights Watch revealed that the L.A. area had a backlog that exceeded 10,000 kits, I obtained millions in federal funding to start testing. Those dollars and improved funding for the efforts of the city and county of L.A. have paid huge dividends in taking p… Continue Reading


Obama war request in trouble in Congress, mostly from Democrats

(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's request to authorize military force against Islamic State has made little progress since he sent it to Congress, and it may never pass, due largely to opposition from his fellow Democrats. Obama asked Congress for an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against Islamic State a month ago, after agitation from lawmakers worried that the military campaign he began in August overstepped his constitutional authority. Congressional leaders … Continue Reading


Rep. Adam Schiff demands Park Service publish Rim of the Valley study

Calling it a case of "bureaucratic neglect," Rep. Adam Schiff is demanding the U.S. National Park Service release a report, already delayed three times, on his proposal to create a Rim of the Valley National Recreation Area on wildlands stretching from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Angeles National Forest above Pasadena. Commissioned by Congress in October 2008, the Park Service missed three deadlines to publish the Rim of the Valley Corridor Special Resource Study draft - twice in 2014 a… Continue Reading


GOP senators’ letter to Iran is dangerous and irresponsible

Even by congressional Republican standards, the naysaying letter to Iran sent Monday by 47 GOP senators was grossly irresponsible. Not only did it undercut President Obama's ability to negotiate a diplomatic agreement, but it also undermined the aspect of the Iran nuclear deal that would potentially be most beneficial to the United States and Israel. From the beginning of the Iran nuclear talks, a key U.S. goal has been to obtain an agreement whose duration is long enough that it will bind Ir… Continue Reading


Two Years Later, White House Still Hitting Roadblocks In Effort To Move Drone Program Out Of CIA Control

WASHINGTON -- In a May 2013 speech at the National Defense University, President Barack Obama offered a rare glimpse into upcoming changes to one of the U.S.'s most closely held covert operations: the ongoing drone strike campaign in the Middle East. Cryptically, he suggested, the White House would start moving to transfer control of the nation's targeted killing program from the CIA to the Department of Defense. Obama's discreet reference underscored earlier news reports of a draft presidentia… Continue Reading

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