Press Releases

01.30.14

Rep. Schiff Statement on Retirement of Rep. Henry Waxman

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) released the following statement following Rep. Henry Waxman's announcement that he will retire at the end of this term in Congress:"Henry Waxman will go down as one of the giants of Congress - smart, strategically savvy, dogged at oversight and a power to be reckoned with - his hand can be seen in almost every domestic achievement of the last few decades. Along with the departure of Howard Berman last year, California and indeed the whol… Continue Reading


01.29.14

Rep. Schiff Statement on President's State of the Union Address

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after the President concluded his State of the Union Address before Congress:"Tonight, the President challenged Congress to join him in an effort to reinvigorate the American Dream by expanding opportunity and prosperity for all our citizens. While he took action today raising the minimum wage to over $10 for federal contractors, it's up to Congress to raise it for the millions of other workers, and ensure that every… Continue Reading


01.29.14

Rep. Schiff Calls on Secretary Kerry to Make Addressing Comfort Women a Diplomatic Priority for State Department in Discussions with Japan

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Scott Garrett (R-NJ) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to address issues related to the comfort women with the government of Japan. Earlier this month, the Fiscal Year 2014 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Appropriations Bill, which was signed into law as part of the omnibus appropriations bill, made a similar appeal. In the letter, the Representatives write: "As you are aware, it is est… Continue Reading


01.29.14

Rep. Schiff Solicits Nominations for Annual Woman of the Year Award

Burbank, CA -Every March, in recognition of Women's History Month, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) honors outstanding women from his district. The 28th Congressional District includes the cities and communities of Atwater Village, Burbank, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Glendale, Griffith Park, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Los Feliz, Montrose, Pasadena, Shadow Hills, Silver Lake, Sunland, Tujunga and West Hollywood."Recipients of the 'Woman of … Continue Reading


01.28.14

Rep. Schiff Floor Speech Previewing the State of the Union: President and Congress Must Address Inequality Gap

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) previewed the President's State of the Union address on the House Floor, urging his colleagues and the President to take up the challenge of the growing inequality gap, first by extending emergency unemployment insurance for those still looking for work, and raising the minimum wage:"We should never seek to punish success or, as some describe it, 'soak the rich,' but we must take steps to address the problem of growing inequality, both in the s… Continue Reading


01.28.14

Rep. Schiff Floor Speech Previewing the State of the Union: President and Congress Must Address Inequality Gap

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) previewed the President's State of the Union address on the House Floor, urging his colleagues and the President to take up the challenge of the growing inequality gap, first by extending emergency unemployment insurance for those still looking for work, and raising the minimum wage:"We should never seek to punish success or, as some describe it, 'soak the rich,' but we must take steps to address the problem of growing inequality, both in the s… Continue Reading


01.23.14

Rep. Schiff Statement on PCLOB Report Urging End of Metadata Program: "Spells Final End of Government's Bulk Collection"

Washington, DC -- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board released a report calling for an end to the NSA's program of bulk collection of phone metadata:"The report from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board spells the final end of the government's bulk collection of telephone metadata. Not only does the report raise serious questions about the stat… Continue Reading


01.17.14

Rep. Schiff Applauds Decision to End Bulk Collection and Require Prior Court Approval, Ready to Work In Congress on Bipartisan Basis to Implement Reforms and Go Farther

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee and sponsor of several pieces of legislation to reform the National Security Agency (NSA), released the following statement after the President laid out his principles for reforming the intelligence community in light of privacy concerns:"Today, President Obama articulated the fundamental principles at stake in the debate over how to reform our surveillance programs, and how we should balance security … Continue Reading


01.15.14

Rep. Schiff Passes Landmark Legislation to Reduce Helicopter Noise in Los Angeles

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a year-long spending package, which included a provision directing the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and FAA to address helicopter noise in Los Angeles County skies. Residents of the Los Angeles region have been plagued for decades by frequent and disruptive helicopter noise, and despite persistent efforts to work on a collaborative basis with stakeholde… Continue Reading


01.15.14

Rep. Schiff to Host Town Hall to Discuss the Rim of the Valley Next Wednesday

La Cañada Flintridge, CA -On Wednesday, January 22 at 6 pm, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) will host a town hall meeting at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA to discuss the future of the Rim of the Valley. The National Park Service has already provided a recommendation to Congress to create a San Gabriel unit of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and legislation will likely be introduced in the near future to act upon it. Because some of the San Gabriel area overlaps with … Continue Reading


01.14.14

Rep. Adam Schiff Statement on Funding for Planetary Science in Omnibus Spending Bill

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), released the following statement after the Appropriations Committee posted language for the omnibus spending bill late last night:"I am pleased that the spending bill contains strong funding for the continued development of the Mars 2020 rover and for a mission to Jupiter and its moon Europa. I hope that this will dissuade the Administration from putting forward a 2015 budget that again seeks to cut funding for NASA's pathbreaking exploration of o… Continue Reading


01.14.14

Rep. Schiff and Senator Feinstein Announce Helicopter Noise Reduction Legislation Included in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced that the omnibus appropriations bill - which will fund the government for the next year - includes a provision directing the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and FAA to address helicopter noise Los Angeles County skies. Residents of the Los Angeles region have been plagued for decades by frequent and disruptive helicopter noise, and despite persistent efforts to work on a collaborative… Continue Reading


01.14.14

Rep. Schiff Introduces Legislation to Restructure NSA Telephone Metadata Program

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, introduced the Telephone Metadata Reform Act, which would restructure the telephone metadata program by specifically removing call records from the types of information the Government can obtain under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. Instead, records would be obtained on a case by case basis from the telephone companies subject to approval by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Schiff's propo… Continue Reading


01.09.14

Rep. Schiff Joins with President Obama at White House to Help Announce Los Angeles Promise Zone

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) joined President Barack Obama to help announce the first five "Promise Zones," which will include one located in the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Hollywood, East Hollywood, Koreatown, Westlake and Pico Union - the other zones will be located in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. First announced by the President during last year's State of the Union Address, the Promise Zone Initiative is a way … Continue Reading


01.09.14

Rep. Schiff Announces $20 Million Grant to Repair Tunnel Damaged During July Fuel-Tanker Fire

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a grant to Caltrans to help pay for the repairs to a tunnel linking the northbound 5 and 2 freeways which was damaged by a fuel-tanker fire in July. After the accident and ensuing fire, Caltrans said "intense heat from the tanker fire caused extensive damage to the pavement, walls, support columns, drainage and lighting." This grant for $20 million from the DOT's Fede… Continue Reading


01.07.14

Rep. Schiff – House Must Take Up Unemployment Insurance

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after the Senate broke the filibuster on legislation to extend long-term unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans and 222,000 Californians who lost their jobless benefits:"It's unconscionable that long-term unemployment insurance has not been extended. The millions who are unemployed are looking for work, not a handout. Speaker Boehner has the power to bring up a bill to extend unemployment compensation at … Continue Reading


01.01.14

Rep. Schiff Comments on the New York Times Report on Benghazi

Washington, DC -- On Sunday morning, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to discuss the recent NYT report on the Benghazi attack. Since the tragic attack on U.S. facilities Benghazi, Schiff has rejected claims that the Obama Administration designed talking points with an intention to mislead the public about the nature of the attacks. The original talking points incorrectly asserted that the attacks began as a sp… Continue Reading


12.16.13

Rep. Adam Schiff Requests Armenian Orphan Rug for Capitol Hill Event from the White House

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting that the White House lend the Ghazir rug, more commonly known as the Armenian Orphan Rug, be lent out for an event on Capitol Hill hosted by Schiff with survivors, historians, members of the Armenian-American community, and Members of Congress and their staff to highlight the efforts made by the American government to aid the Armenian community after the first genocide in the 20th century. Schiff p… Continue Reading


12.13.13

Rep. Schiff Praises Changes Proposed by NSA Reform Panel to End Bulk Collection of American's Telephone Metadata

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, praised reported changes proposed by the President's NSA review panel that would end the program that collects metadata on phone calls made in the United States, an idea Schiff first proposed years ago in the Intelligence Committee. "I am pleased to learn that the President's taskforce studying NSA reforms will recommend ending the bulk collection of American's telephone call records, among other usefu… Continue Reading


12.13.13

Rep. Schiff on Anniversary of Newtown Shooting: We Must Keep Pushing for Gun Safety

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a former federal prosecutor and advocate for gun safety legislation, released the following statement to mark the one year anniversary on Saturday of the shootings at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school, urging Congress to take up commonsense gun violence reform legislation:"One year after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that took the lives of twenty children and six teachers, Congress has compounded the tragedy by failing to tak… Continue Reading

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