Press Releases


International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus Unveils "2014 International Piracy Watch List"

Washington, DC -Today, the International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus, which is chaired by Congressmen Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), unveiled the "2014 International Piracy Watch List." In an effort to fight copyright piracy and call attention to countries where it has reached alarming levels, the Caucus highlighted the high levels of piracy and the lack of legal protections for copyright in the following cou… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Applauds White House Move to Prevent Discrimination Against LGBT Workers

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a vice chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus (Equality Caucus) applauded the announcement that President will sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors and agencies from discriminating against employees on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity. Schiff earlier led an effort urging President Obama to issue such an Executive Order. The announcement is an important step towards ending discrimination against LGBT … Continue Reading


Reps. Schiff and Huffman Pass Amendment Directing USDA to Update Rules Protecting Captive Orcas and Other Marine Mammals

Washington, DC-Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Jared Huffman (D-CA) attached an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations Act to require the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to conduct and update the science necessary for Animal Welfare Act regulations on captivity of orcas and cetaceans. The amendment would direct the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service - which regulates animal captivity, sale, and exhibition- to update and finalize captive marine mammal regulations… Continue Reading


House Narrowly Defeats Amendment to Allow Bob Hope Airport to Adopt Curfew

Washington, DC -Today, the House of Representatives came within a few votes of allowing the Bob Hope Airport to adopt a curfew on an amendment to the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Act proposed by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), and Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles). The amendment was defeated by a narrow vote of 208 to 212. This issue previously was voted on in 2011, and failed then by a vote of 178-243."I'm disappointed that our am… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on Resignation of VA Secretary Shinseki

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) released the following statement: "The President has accepted the resignation of VA Secretary Shinseki, and top leaders of the Phoenix office have been let go -- the overhaul of the VA has now begun in earnest. The Administration must act quickly to investigate and address chronic deficiencies and intolerable wait periods at VA's around the country. And Congress must help prepare for the surge in demand for Veteran's healthcare … Continue Reading


Congressman Schiff to Ride in AIDS/LifeCycle – 545Mile Bike Journey from San Francisco to Raise Money and Awareness for AIDS Research and Treatment

San Francisco/Los Angeles, CA - Starting Sunday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) will join thousands of cyclists and volunteer "roadies" who will embark on a 545-mile journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles - the AIDS/LifeCycle - to raise awareness and funding for the fight to end HIV/AIDS. This annual journey raises millions of dollars to support the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the HIV/AIDS-related services of the L.A. LGBT Center. Schiff will be the first Congressman to ever participate.… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Hails Landmark Decision by Army Corps of Engineers to Restore LA River

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) released the following statement after it was announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Assistant Army Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy had come to agreement with the city of Los Angeles to recommend approval of a $1-billion proposal to restore the habitat, widen the river, create wetlands, and provide access points that will restore the Los Angeles River:"I'm beyond thrilled to learn that the Army Corps is getting behind the … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Announces Winners of First Ever Congressional Student STEM Challenge – Winners Built "Apps"

La Cañada Flintridge, CA -Yesterday evening, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced the winners of the first annual congressional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) academic competition, the House Student App Challenge, for the 28th Congressional District at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The theme for the first year of the competition is Computer Science; challenging students to develop an application ("app"). The award ceremony was attended by more than eighty stude… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Urges Congress to Pass Gun Safety Laws After Isla Vista Shooting – "What Will It Take to Get Congress Moving on Responsible Gun Safety Laws?"

Los Angeles, CA -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a former federal prosecutor, released the following statement calling on Congress to move on responsible and commonsense gun safety laws in the wake of yet another mass shooting in Isla Vista, California:"The shooting at Isla Vista is another heartbreaking tragedy, and another example of the senseless gun violence affecting our communities. What will it take to get the Congress moving on responsible gun safety laws? What will it take to keep… Continue Reading


Just Before Memorial Day, House Passes Rep. Schiff Amendment Urging Secretary Hagel to Put Names of "Lost 74" on Vietnam Wall

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that on the eve of Memorial Day, the House of Representatives has passed an amendment to the annual defense authorization bill urging Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to add the names of 74 sailors lost on the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans during the Vietnam War to the Vietnam Wall. On June 3, 1969, the USS Frank E. Evans was cut in half by an Australian aircraft carrier in the South China Sea - 74 American sailors lost their liv… Continue Reading


House Narrowly Defeats Rep. Schiff Amendment Sunsetting 9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force

Washington, DC - Today, an amendment by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee which would have sunset the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) one year after enactment, was narrowly defeated on the House Floor during consideration of the annual Defense Authorization bill. This amendment built on Schiff's bipartisan legislation which would sunset the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), and calls on the Administration and Congress to work toge… Continue Reading


Rep. Adam Schiff Applauds Passage of USA freedom Act

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after voting to pass H.R. 3361, the USA Freedom Act - the legislation, which tracks closely with legislation Schiff previously introduced, ends the bulk collection of telephone metadata:"The passage of today's bill puts the Congress on track to end the bulk collection of American's telephone records and implements reforms to surveillance authorities to protect… Continue Reading


Rep. Adam Schiff Statement on Being Appointed to Benghazi Select Committee

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after being appointed to the Select Committee on Benghazi:"I've been involved in the investigation into Benghazi from day one as a Member of the Intelligence Committee because like every other American I want to know what happened, why it happened, how we can keep it from happening again, and I want to bring to justice those that perpetrated this horrible attack. But al… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Presses Erdogan, Gul and other top Turkish Officials on the Armenian Genocide, the Blockade of Armenia, and the Plight of the People of Kessab at Meeting in Ankara

Washington, DC -As part of a Congressional Delegation to the Middle East and Asia focused on terrorism, homeland security and the war in Syria, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) had separate meetings with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, President Abdullah Gul and other Turkish high government officials.In his meeting with the Prime Minister, Schiff challenged the notion expressed by Erdogan in a recent interview that because there are Armenian survivors still living in Turkey, there could… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on Intel Committee Vote to Advance Bill to End Bulk Collection of Metadata

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence unanimously advanced H.R. 3361, the USA Freedom Act. The legislation, which tracks closely with legislation Schiff previously introduced, ends the bulk collection of telephone metadata.During the markup, Schiff offered and withdrew an amendment based on legislation he has introduced called the "Ensuring Adversa… Continue Reading


Rep. Adam Schiff – House Appropriations Bill Significantly Ups Planetary Science Funding

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee released its draft proposal significantly upping funding for planetary science:"I'm very pleased that the subcommittee has made such a strong investment in planetary science - one of the Crown Jewels of NASA's portfolio. With this funding increase, we will be able to keep Mars 2020 on track and begin an exciting new mission to Europa, two of … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Announces White House Will Display Armenian Orphan Rug

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that the White House has agreed to exhibit the "Armenian Orphan Rug" in the near future, likely this fall. The rug, woven by orphans of the Armenian Genocide in 1920, was presented to President Calvin Coolidge in 1925 as a symbol of gratitude for American aid and generosity for U.S. assistance during the genocide. The Armenian Orphan Rug, which measures 11'7" x 18'5", has over 4,000,000 hand-tied knots and took the Armenian … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Announces Winners of 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. During the exhibit, attended by more than 200 students, teachers and parents, Schiff announced that Celynne Hebron's piece "This Too Shall Pass" 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 States … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on 99th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

Washington, DC -Today,Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the lead sponsor of the Armenian Genocide recognition resolution in Congress, released the following statement on the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, after recently delivering a "open letter" to the Turkish people on the floor of the House of Representatives, urging them to acknowledge the genocide:"Ninety-nine years ago, the Ottoman Empire launched an all-out assault on its Armenian population. In a brutal campaign of massacres, fo… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Announces Annual Art Contest and Online Voting for "People's Choice" Winner

Burbank, CA- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that he will host the annual Congressional Art Competition Forum & Exhibit for the 28th District, featuring high school students' artwork from the region, on Sunday, April 27. The Congressional Art Competition is an annual contest, with submissions from across the country. The winner from each Congressional District has their work displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. In addition, Schiff has opened up the competition with a "Pe… Continue Reading

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