Press Releases


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


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


Rep. Schiff and Senator Feinstein Announce Critical New U.S. Forest Service Tool to Battle Wildfires – Night-Flying Helicopter

Los Angeles, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced the U.S. Forest Service now has available a specifically equipped helicopter to combat wildfires at night. Four years ago, during the Station Fire - the largest wildfire in Los Angeles county history - the potentially critical night flying tool was not available to the Forest Service. As a result, questions remain as to whether such a capability might have helped contain the fire on the critical … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on FAA Report on the Serious Problem of Helicopter Noise

Los Angeles, CA - Late this afternoon, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released their long-awaited report discussing the serious problem of helicopter noise across Los Angeles. Schiff and other elected officials will host a Congressional field hearing with representatives from the FAA, homeowners and helicopter pilots to discuss the FAA report on Monday, June 10. The FAA report was requested by Schiff and his colleagues to help develop solutions to the problem of excessive helicopter… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff, Local Leaders Call on Metrolink to Undertake a Health Risk Assessment of Taylor Yards Facility

Los Angeles, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) hosted a press conference along with Elysian Valley and Cypress Park leaders, Los Angeles Councilmember-Elect Mitch O'Farrell and over fifty community members to urge Metrolink to undertake a health risk assessment of their Taylor Yards facility in the Elysian Valley. For years, residents have expressed concern about the impact of Metrolink trains on their health, given that the trains idle for long periods of time in the yard emitting Diesel… Continue Reading


Reps. Schiff and Sherman Introduce Legislation to Allow Bob Hope, Van Nuys Airports to Adopt Nighttime Curfews

Washington, DC -Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) reintroduced the Valley-Wide Noise Relief Act to allow Bob Hope and Van Nuys Airports to adopt curfews and minimize airport noise. In 2011, the legislators attempted to attach the curfew legislation to reauthorization funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The measure attracted bipartisan support but failed to get the necessary votes for passage. The push in Congress began after the FAA in 200… 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 Joshua Dominic Macapagal's piece "The other side of cool" had won first place and will be included in the nationwide Congressional Arts Competition: An Artistic Discovery in Washington, D.C. His artwork will hang in the … Continue Reading


Reps. Schiff and Grimm Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Recognize the Armenian Genocide

Washington, D.C. - Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Michael Grimm (R-NY), along with David Valadao (R-CA) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ), introduced a bipartisan House Resolution recognizing and commemorating the Armenian Genocide in the House of Representatives. The resolution calls upon the President to work toward equitable, constructive, and durable Armenian-Turkish relations based upon the Republic of Turkey's full acknowledgement of the facts and ongoing consequences of the Armenian Genoc… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on IRS Selective Enforcement Actions

Pasadena, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement in response to allegations that the IRS has engaged in the targeted scrutiny of certain tax-exempt 501(c)4 social welfare groups:"The Internal Revenue Service must enforce the tax code in a neutral and nonpartisan way. Any politicization of tax enforcement is abhorrent and should be viewed as a grave offense. These allegations must be investigated to the fullest extent and… Continue Reading


Reps. Adam Schiff and Judy Chu Introduce Legislation to Ensure Cities Can Qualify for Federal Disaster Relief After Major Storms

Washington, DC -Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Judy Chu (D-El Monte) introduced legislation that would fix the problems that Pasadena and other cities in the Southern California faced in qualifying for federal disaster relief from the devastating windstorms of November and December 2011. Currently, small and medium sized communities located in large states like California have a particularly difficult time reaching the state-wide and county-wide thresholds needed to qualify for federal… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Announces Annual Art Contest with 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, May 19. 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, he has opened up the competition with a "People's… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on World Press Freedom Day

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chair of the Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press, released the following statement on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day:"For the past two decades, World Press Freedom Day has served to remind us of the vital importance of the freedom of the press to human rights, good governance and freedom. Every day, in countries with repressive regimes, overreaching governments or in war zones, journalists put their lives on the line to cover t… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Calls on Postal Service to Keep Glenoaks Post Office in Burbank Open

Reportedly, the USPS Plans to Close Location Within the Next Few MonthsBurbank, CA -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) called on U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to keep the Glenoaks Post Office in Burbank open. There have been indications that the USPS was planning on closing this facility within the next few months. While the Postal Service has not made a final determination on closing the facility, it is clear that they are moving ahead with potential closures a… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Discusses Latest in Boston Marathon Bombing Case on CNN's State of the Union

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the House Intelligence Committee, appeared on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley to discuss the latest in the Boston Marathon bombing case and the timing for reading the Miranda rights with Senator Dan Coats (R-IN). Some excerpts are below:"I think [law enforcement] properly invoked the public safety exception. But the other question is, when does he have to be presented before a magistrate? In this case, it seems that t… Continue Reading


Rep. Adam Schiff Gives Full Speech on House Floor in Armenian

Honors Victims of the Armenian GenocideWashington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the lead sponsor of the Armenian Genocide resolution in Congress, delivered his remarks in Armenian on the House Floor to honor the more than one and a half million Armenian men, women and children who were murdered by the Ottoman government. In a historic first in the Congress, Representative Schiff said in his Armenian address, "I speak to you from the floor of the House of Representatives in the langu… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff: Administration Acting Properly in Boston Marathon Bombing Case, Should Resist Calls to Treat as Enemy Combatant

Burbank, CA -- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a former federal prosecutor and senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after calls to treat the Boston Marathon suspect as an enemy combatant:"Law enforcement is properly relying on the public safety exception to Miranda in the aftermath of the arrest of the second suspect to interrogate him and make sure there are no other bombs, plots or risks to the American people."The Administration should resist… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff and Senator Feinstein Call on NASA to Not Gut Planetary Science

In Letter Joined by Senator Boxer and Rep. Culberson, Ask NASA Administrator to Keep Funding Levels for Programs Consistent with Structure Directed by CongressWashington, DC - Today, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sent a letter to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Charles Bolden calling on him to keep any operating plan for the fiscal year consistent with the funding levels and allocations directed to it by Congress earlier … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on Voting Against Final Passage of CISPA

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after voting against final passage of CISPA on the House Floor:"Throughout the debate on CISPA, I have sought to ensure that the privacy of Americans was protected, a goal that can easily be accomplished while still allowing for increased sharing of cyber security information. And while progress has been made, the bill still lacks any requirement that private companies … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff: Senate Failure to Pass Background Checks Amendment Is An Appalling Defeat for Common Sense and Gun Safety

Washington, DC - Today, after the Senate failed to pass a bipartisan agreement on background checks reached by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) by a vote of 54-46, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a former federal prosecutor and outspoken advocate for gun safety legislation, issued the following statement:"What happened this afternoon in the Senate is an appalling defeat for common sense and gun safety. The victims of Newtown, of Aurora and other gun violence tragedies deserve a vote on… Continue Reading


Rep. Adam Schiff Calls on President Obama to Recognize Armenian Genocide on Anniversary Next Week

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the lead sponsor of the Armenian Genocide resolution in Congress, called on President Barack Obama to finally recognize the Armenian Genocide on April 24th. Each year, Obama has issued a statement marking the anniversary of the start of first genocide of the 20th Century, but has consistently failed to properly refer to this campaign of killing as a "genocide."In the letter to President Obama, Schiff states: "I urge you to acknowledge the Armenian… Continue Reading

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