Press Releases

08.16.13

Rep. Schiff Statement on Reports of an Internal Audit of NSA Surveillance Programs

Washington, DC - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after reports were released of an internal National Security Administration (NSA) audit of its surveillance programs:"The latest report speaks, once again, to the need to strengthen the oversight of our intelligence operations. The intelligence community is populated with thousands of dedicated professionals, but some amount of human error is inevitable, and mistakes nee… Continue Reading


08.15.13

Rep. Schiff Statement on the Violence in Egypt

Washington, DC - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after President Obama announced earlier today that he had canceled a joint military exercise with Egypt in the wake of violent protests resulting in over 500 casualties across Egypt:"President Obama was right to rebuke Egypt's military leaders for the horrific bloodbath that took place yesterday. Nothing can justify the brutality that was visited upon largely peaceful protest… Continue Reading


08.14.13

Rep. Schiff Praises Pentagon's Decision to Extend Rights to Same-Sex Married Couples

Washington, DC - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) released the following statement after the Department of Defense announced its plan to grant same-sex spouses of military service members federal benefits as early as September:"Today's announcement that the Department of Defense will extend to legally married same-sex couples the same privileges and programs that are provided to legally married heterosexual couples, including health and housing benefits, is another important step on this nation's ro… Continue Reading


08.09.13

Rep. Schiff Praises Steps for Further Transparency of FISA Court - Renews Call to Restructure Metadata Program

Washington, DC - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee released the following statement after the President's press conference today:"Today's announcement by the President that he is committed to making the intelligence community more transparent, as well as making changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and Section 215 of the Patriot Act is an encouraging development. The Administration and Congress must now work together to make this commitme… Continue Reading


07.31.13

Rep. Schiff Praises Declassification of Metadata Program Documents, Pushes for Greater Transparency and Reforms

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) declassified documents pertaining to the collection of telephone metadata pursuant to Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, and pushed for further transparency and changes to the program and FISA Court:"The decision by the Obama Administration to declassify further information about the NSA phone metadata program is a positive… Continue Reading


07.24.13

Rep. Schiff Votes for Amash/Conyers Amendment, Pushes for Further Discussion of Metadata Issue

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after voting for the Amash/Conyers amendment, pushing for further discussion and reform of the NSA phone metadata program:"I have thought long and hard about the Amash/Conyers amendment to end the bulk collection of information under Sec. 215 of the PATRIOT Act. I have concerns about the amendment and I have particular misgivings about significantly altering the FISA au… Continue Reading


07.24.13

Rep. Schiff Offers Amendment Sunsetting Authorization for Use of Military Force– "AUMF Never Intended to Authorize a War Without End"

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, offered an amendment to the annual Defense appropriations which would prohibit the use of funds pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) on December 31, 2014 - effectively sunsetting the law. By the end of 2014, the last American combat troops will rotate out of Afghanistan and the responsibility for that nation's security will have passed to the Afghan people. This amendment cl… Continue Reading


07.24.13

Rep. Schiff Meets with Interns from Armenian National Committee of America and Armenian Assembly of America

Washington - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) met with several interns from the Armenian National Committee of America in his Washington D.C. office. The interns discussed their work at the ANCA and priorities for the Armenian-American community, both in Congress and at home. They were also given a chance to ask Rep. Schiff questions about his work in Congress and to suggest ideas for legislation."I am always pleased to see young people in our country engaging in public service and the legisl… Continue Reading


07.18.13

Rep. Schiff Announces House Appropriations Committee Funding for Planetary Science Almost $100 Million Over President's Request

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced the House Appropriations Committee had passed an FY 2014 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations package that included $1.315 billion for planetary science within NASA's budget. Earlier this year, it was announced that the Obama Administration was requesting $1.217 billion for planetary science. With the bipartisan support of Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and ranking member Chaka Fattah (D-PA), and at the urging of Reps. Schiff and Jo… Continue Reading


07.17.13

Rep. Schiff To Introduce Legislation Requiring Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Judges to be Nominated by the President and Confirmed by the Senate

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee, announced he will introduce legislation which would require that the 11 judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The bill would maintain the 7-year term of service on the FISC."In order to ensure that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court remains a truly independent check on the executive branch, these important … Continue Reading


07.10.13

Reps. Schiff, Woodall, and Polis Announce $20 Million in Additional Funding Secured in Appropriations Bill for Cutting-Edge Energy Program

Washington, DC - Last night, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rob Woodall (R-GA) and Jared Polis (D-CO) passed a bipartisan amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill which would boost funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) by $20 million, to a total of $70 million a year. Started in 2009, ARPA-E is a revolutionary program that has advanced high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment.ARPA-E is modeled after an i… Continue Reading


06.27.13

Reps. Adam Schiff, Barbara Lee and Mike Quigley Announce $3 Million in Additional Funding for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Secured in Appropriations Bill

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) announced that the Appropriations Committee had passed their amendment to the annual Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill which would increase funding for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program by $3 million.HOPWA funding provides housing assistance and related supportive services and grantees are encouraged to develop community-wide strategies… Continue Reading


06.26.13

Rep. Schiff: Supreme Court Decisions a Huge Day for Cause of Equality

Washington, DC- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional on equal protection grounds and dismissed a case involving California's Proposition 8, making marriage equality legal in California again:"Today is a huge day for the cause of equality - by ruling that DOMA is an unconstitutional violation of equal protection, the Court has struck a momentous blow against discrimination an… Continue Reading


06.25.13

Rep. Schiff: Deeply Disappointed in Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Part of Voting Rights Act

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and localities still need federal monitoring:"I'm deeply disappointed that a narrow 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act today. The fact that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act has been an effective tool to p… Continue Reading


06.20.13

Reps. Schiff and Rokita Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Declassify Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Opinions

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced legislation which would shed light on the law governing NSA surveillance programs recently revealed in press reports. This bipartisan bill would require the Attorney General to declassify significant Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) opinions, allowing Americans to know how the Court has interpreted the legal authorities created under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act and Section 702 of the FISA Amen… Continue Reading


06.14.13

Rep. Schiff Statement on Situation in Syria

Rep. Schiff Statement on Situation in SyriaWashington, DC -Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement in response to published reports that the U.S. may provide weapons to the Syrian opposition:"What began as an expression of the legitimate aspiration of the Syrian people for better governance has now become a sectarian civil war in which extremist forces like Hezbollah and Iran fight on one side, and groups linked to al Qaeda commit at… Continue Reading


06.10.13

Rep. Adam Schiff To Introduce Legislation to Sunset Authorization for Use of Military Force

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, announced that he was introducing legislation tomorrow - before the debate on the National Defense Authorization Act begins this week - that would sunset the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) beginning in 2015. Following the September 11 attacks, the Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force to provide the President with requisite authorization to use "force against tho… Continue Reading


06.10.13

Rep. Schiff to Host Congressional Field Hearing on Helicopter Noise with FAA, Homeowners and Helicopter Pilots

Los Angeles, CA - On Monday, June 10, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) will host a Congressional field hearing with representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), homeowners and helicopter pilots to discuss a recent FAA report on the problem of helicopter noise across Los Angeles County. Schiff and Congressional colleagues requested the report in order to develop solutions to the problem of excessive helicopter noise in residential areas. Homeowners have long complained of the disr… Continue Reading


06.05.13

Rep. Schiff Applauds Release of West Hollywood Filmmaker Tim Tracy from Venezuelan Prison

West Hollywood, CA -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the chair of the Freedom of the Press Caucus, issued the following statement after one of his West Hollywood constituents was released from custody by Venezuelan government:"I was very pleased to learn that the Venezuelan government has released Tim Tracy, a documentary filmmaker, after detaining him on trumped up charges. Mr. Tracy is thankfully on his way back to the United States this morning. His arrest and detention should serve as a powe… Continue Reading


06.05.13

Rep. Schiff Statement on Announcement of Susan Rice as Next National Security Advisor

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after it was reported that President Obama would nominate current U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as the next National Security Advisor:"President Obama will continue a top notch national security team with today's announcement that Susan Rice, our superb ambassador to the United Nations, will replace Tom Donilon as national security advisor. Ambassador Rice brings a weal… Continue Reading

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