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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


Forty Members, Led by Rep. Schiff, Urge President to Quickly Declassify Senate Report on CIA Interrogation Program

Washington, DC -Today, 40 Members of Congress, led by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to quickly declassify the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report's conclusions on the CIA's enhanced interrogation program, as well as the dissenting views and CIA response to the report. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last week voted to declassify the committee's report by a vote of 11-3, and the timeliness of its release will depend on the… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff and 25 West Coast Members Urge Funding to Construct Earthquake Early Warning System

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was joined by 25 Members from California, Washington and Oregon in sending a letter to the Appropriations Committee urging them to fully fund an earthquake early warning system. A limited system developed by Caltech, UC-Berkeley and University of Washington, in conjunction with the United State Geological Survey (USGS), has already been deployed and has proven that the early warning technology is sound. Schiff's letter requests additional funding f… Continue Reading


Reps. Adam Schiff and Walter Jones Introduce Bipartisan Bill Requiring Annual Reporting on Drone Casualties

Washington, DC -Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, and Walter Jones (R-NC), a member of the House Committee on Armed Services, introduced legislation - the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act - to require an annual report on the number of combatants and civilians killed or injured annually by strikes from remotely piloted aircraft, also known as drones. The requirement is retroactive for five years so that trends can be assessed. It also requires … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on Returning from Congressional Trip to Ukraine – "We Must Do More to Respond"

Washington, DC -Last night, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee and State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, returned from a congressional delegation trip (CODEL) to Ukraine and Lithuania. During the trip, he assessed the situation on the ground in Ukraine, talked with government, military and intelligence officials, attended a NATO conference in Lithuania, and discussed the concerns in the Baltic states with the situation in Ukraine and Crime… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Applauds Administration Decision to End Bulk Collection, Require Court Approval Prior to Seeking Telephone Metadata From Providers

Washington, DC -Today, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the House Intelligence Committee, commended the Administration for taking another important step to fulfill the promises made by the President in his speech earlier this year to reform the metadata program. Responding to reports that the White House will soon end bulk collection and allow the carriers to retain their own data, Schiff stated:"The decision by the White House that they will transition away from bulk coll… Continue Reading


Schiff, Feinstein and Los Angeles Congressional Delegation to FAA: Yet to See Any Progress on Helicopter Noise

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta saying that they have yet to see any demonstrated or significant progress towards reducing helicopter noise nearly a year after their initial report. The letter comes on the heels of a meeting with the FAA in which the agency failed to produce a plan to meet its Congressional mandate to reduce helicopter noise, failed to i… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff, Colleagues Send Letter to President Urging Executive Order Prohibiting Discrimination Against LGBT Americans

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and 195 House and Senate colleagues sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to sign an executive order banning contractors from receiving federal contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Such a step, which could be implemented without Congressional action, would extend protections against employment discrimination on the basis of LGBT status to millions of additional … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff: Administration Must Provide Post-9/11 Detention and Interrogation Report to Congress and American Public

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after a speech delivered in the Senate by Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein:"The House and Senate Intelligence Committees have long worked closely with the Intelligence Community to ensure that not only are we protecting our country from possible attack, but also ensuring that our civil liberties and principles endure, even when we face threats at… Continue Reading

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