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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


Rep. Schiff Speech in Support of Legislation to Assist Ukraine: "Cold War is Over, and Territorial Aggression by Russia Will Not Resurrect Its Empire"

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, voted for and spoke on the House Floor in support of bipartisan legislation, H.R. 4152, which would provide for the cost of loan guarantees for Ukraine. The legislation passed the House this afternoon.The full speech can be viewed here."Mr. Speaker, I stand today with the people of Ukraine and in strong support of this legislation, which … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff – President Obama's Budget an Improvement for Planetary Science But Still Insufficient, Greater Investment Needed for Mars, Europa

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), a member of the Appropriations Committee's Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee, released the following statement after the President's budget included $1.28 billion for planetary science, an amount he called better, but still insufficient to maintain America's leadership:"The budget proposal for planetary science is significantly better than in past years, but is still far below the levels approved by Congress and isn't sufficient to … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff on Ukraine – Congress Stands Ready to Impose Substantial Costs on Russia for Violations on Ukrainian Sovereignty

Washington, DC- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee and State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement after President Obama briefed the nation on developments in Ukraine warning Russia that "there will be costs" to Russian intervention in Ukraine:"I applaud President Obama's strong statement of solidarity with the Ukrainian people, and his warning against any Russian violation of Ukraine's… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff To Host Capitol Hill Event Honoring America's Relief Efforts To Victims of Armenian Genocide

Washington, DC - On March 3, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a lead sponsor of the Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution (H.Res.227), will host a Capitol Hill event honoring America's relief efforts to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, a campaign that helped launch a century of unparalleled U.S. leadership in meeting humanitarian needs around the world. This event will serve to educate Capitol Hill lawmakers, staff and the community about America's efforts to help Armenians after they… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Announces First Annual Congressional Student STEM Challenge – Students To Build App

Burbank, CA -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced the launch the first annual congressional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) academic competition, the House Student App Challenge, for the 28th Congressional District. The theme for the first year of the competition is Computer Science; challenging students to develop an application ("app").Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is part of a nationwide event that invites high school stu… Continue Reading


Schiff, Homeowners to FAA on Helicopter Noise – Your Timeline is Not Good Enough

Washington, DC - Almost six months after Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and other Los Angeles area lawmakers, including Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), sent a letter asking for a timeline to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)'s Los Angeles Helicopter Noise Initiative, the agency finally responded to the Los Angeles lawmakers (letter can be found here). This comes on the heels of legislation passed last month requiring the FAA to act within the year to reduce helic… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on FISA Court Approval of Limits on NSA Telephone Metadata Program

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court approved President Obama's request to require National Security Agency (NSA) officials obtain a court order first and limit the number of "hops":"The announcement that the FISA Court has agreed to a motion to modify the telephone metadata program is an important step on the road to reform, and consistent with the … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Announces 2013-2014 Nominations to U.S. Service Academies

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that he has nominated fourteen students from the 28th Congressional District for appointments to U.S. service academies for the class of 2018. Four of the five United States service academies require a Congressional nomination in order to receive an appointment."Each one of these students has compiled an outstanding resume of accomplishments, excelled in extracurricular activities and sports, and demonstrated excellence in academics,… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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

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