Press Releases

02.06.13

Rep. Schiff and Los Angeles Area Members Make Recommendations on Rim of the Valley

Washington, DC -Today, the Los Angeles Congressional delegation led by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), sent a letter to the National Park Service (NPS) urging the agency, as part of their process of soliciting feedback on the Rim of the Valley Study, to both expand the boundary of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA), and focus on making the Rim of the Valley accessible to the public and helping its ecosystem long-term. After legislation sponsored by Schiff and Senator Dianne F… Continue Reading


02.05.13

Rep. Schiff Applauds Report That Pentagon Will Extend Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) applauded the report in the Washington Post that the Pentagon is expected to extend certain benefits to same-sex spouses. Schiff led an effort, joined by 37 other House colleagues, to urge Department of Defense (DOD) Secretary Leon Panetta to extend equal treatment to same sex spouses of U.S. service members who are denied a wide range of services and benefits - from health insurance to pre-deployment counseling, to access to base commissaries. In… Continue Reading


02.04.13

Schiff, Feinstein, Boxer Introduce Bill to Regulate Helicopter Traffic over L.A. Neighborhoods

Washington, DC -Today, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced legislation today that would require the Federal Aviation Administration to provide Los Angeles County residents relief from the noise and safety concerns caused by low-flying helicopters above residential neighborhoods. The Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act would establish regulations on flight paths and minimum altitudes for helicopter ope… Continue Reading


02.01.13

Rep. Schiff Congratulates La Cañada Winners of National Medal of Technology and Innovation and National Medal of Science

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) congratulated Dr. Frances Arnold of La Cañada, a professor at the California Institute of Technology, was chosen as one of eleven recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and Dr. Solomon Golomb of La Cañada, a mathematician and professor of electrical engineering at the University of Southern California, was chosen as one of twelve recipients of the National Medal of Science. Both were honored at a White Ho… Continue Reading


02.01.13

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


01.30.13

Rep. Schiff Statement on Release of World Press Freedom Index

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chair of the Press Freedom Caucus, released the following statement after Reporters Without Borders released their 2013 World Press Freedom Index:"Each year, Reporters Without Borders releases their annual World Press Freedom Index - often serving as a call to action and a reminder that so much work remains to be done to protect journalists, citizen reporters and digital media across the globe. 2012 was an especially deadly year for journalists w… Continue Reading


01.29.13

Rep. Schiff Calls on U.S. Postal Service to Keep Historic Glendale Post Office Open

Glendale, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) sent a letter to U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe calling on him to keep open the historic Glendale Post Office on Broadway. While the Postal Service has not confirmed the reports, it is clear that they are moving ahead with potential closures and consolidations throughout the Los Angeles area, including two consolidations in Pasadena and the City of Industry, and the post office in Glendale might be next on the chopping b… Continue Reading


01.24.13

Rep. Schiff Joins Colleagues in Introducing Assault Weapons Ban

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) joined with his colleagues led by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) as an original cosponsor of a renewed Assault Weapons Ban. This bill will specifically ban the sale, transfer, importation or manufacturing of over 100 specifically-named firearms and strengthens the 1994 law by moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test and eliminating the ten year sunset that allowed the original ban to expi… Continue Reading


01.23.13

Rep. Schiff Introduces Legislation to Crack Down on Straw Purchases of Firearms

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a former federal prosecutor and Member of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, introduced the Straw Purchaser Penalty Enhancement Act, which would create a new two-year sentence for certain "straw purchasers" of firearms. Straw purchasers in the United States are responsible for many of the illegal firearm transfers to the Mexican drug cartels. Current federal penalties have provided prosecutors with little leverage in their effort… Continue Reading


01.22.13

Rep. Schiff Introduces Legislation to Give Gun Victims Their Day in Court

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced legislation, The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act, to ensure that the victims of gun violence are allowed to have their day in court and that the gun industry - manufacturers, sellers and interest groups - is not shielded from liability when it acts with negligence and disregard for public safety."Good gun companies don't need special protection from the law, and bad gun companies certainly don't deserve it," said … Continue Reading


01.22.13

Reps. Adam Schiff and Frank Wolf Call on Department of Homeland Security to Extend Humanitarian Parole for Syrian Refugees

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) called on their colleagues to join them on a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano to use her authority to extend humanitarian parole - which would provide a temporary visa for those in an emergency situation - to the nearly six thousand Syrian nationals with approved immigrant petitions. By doing this, the Secretary would allow Syrians who have been waiting for a visa, to reunite with th… Continue Reading


01.16.13

Rep. Schiff Praises President's Recommendations to Address Gun Violence in Our Nation

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a former federal prosecutor, outspoken legislator on gun violence, and currently serving as a member of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, praised President Barack Obama's announcement today of a series of executive orders, Congressional legislation and administrative actions to address the number of gun violence tragedies across our nation. Schiff released this statement:"This morning I joined with other Congress Members, Vice … Continue Reading


01.15.13

Rep. Schiff Announces Winners of the 2012 Los Angeles County Congressional CDBG Recognition of Excellence Awards

Burbank, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced the winners of the 2012 Los Angeles County Congressional Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Recognition of Excellence Awards. The winners are The Kids' Community Dental Clinic of Burbank, The Boys and Girls Club of both Pasadena, and the Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley. The winners were chosen in December of 2012. Schiff is recognizing programs and projects that resided in the former 29th Congressional Distr… Continue Reading


01.14.13

Rep. Schiff to Introduce Legislation to Give Gun Victims Their Day in Court

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that he will introduce legislation, The Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act, to ensure that the victims of gun violence are allowed to have their day in court and that the gun industry - manufacturers, sellers and interest groups - is not shielded from liability when it acts with negligence and disregard for public safety. Schiff is a former federal prosecutor, outspoken legislator on gun violence, and is currently serving a… Continue Reading


01.03.13

Rep. Schiff Sworn Into Congress to Represent Newly Drawn 28th Congressional District

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) was sworn into Congress for his seventh term to serve California's 28th Congressional District. Schiff announced that he will continue to serve on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence."We have so much to accomplish over the next two years," said Rep. Schiff. "It's my hope that we can work together on both sides of the aisle to tackle some of our countr… Continue Reading


01.01.13

Rep. Schiff Statement on House Passage of Fiscal Cliff Legislation

Washington, DC -- Tonight, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) released the following statement after voting to pass legislation to avert the Fiscal Cliff:"I'm grateful that Congress finally came together to pass a deal late last night to avoid going over the Fiscal Cliff. This bipartisan package is far from perfect, but it does protect middle class tax cuts, raise important new revenues and make the tax code more progressive. Most important, it avoids the body blow to the economy that would h… Continue Reading


12.22.12

Rep. Schiff Calls for Balanced and Bipartisan Approach to Avert Fiscal Cliff

Washington, DC - After last night's failure to come to an agreement on Speaker Boehner's "Plan B" legislation to avoid going over the Fiscal Cliff, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) once again called for the Speaker, President Obama and Congressional leaders to come together to pass a bipartisan and balanced bill that would avert end of the year tax increases and spending cuts:"It is plain from the Speaker's failure to get a majority of his conference to support his own proposal, that he must ins… Continue Reading


12.21.12

Rep. Schiff Statement on State Department Report on Benghazi Terrorist Attack

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement on the State Department's "Accountability Review Board" report on the Benghazi terrorist attack: "The State Department 'Accountability Review Board' issued a thorough and objective report on the Benghazi incident, and I congratulate Ambassador Thomas Pickering and commission members for their analysis of what went wrong in Benghazi and what steps are necessary to preven… Continue Reading


12.18.12

House Passes Rep. Schiff Bill to Award Grants to States to Implement DNA Collection for Felony Arrestees

Washington DC -Today, the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012 (H.R. 6014), sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), passed the House of Representatives by voice vote. Originally introduced in 2010, Katie's Law bears the name of Katie Sepich, a college student who was raped and murdered in 2003 in New Mexico. Her attacker was arrested several times over subsequent years but was never linked to Katie's murder, as his DNA was not collected until 2006."Katie's Law is an important step we c… Continue Reading


12.18.12

Los Angeles Daily News - Exclusive survey: California Democrats agree to ban assault weapons, Republicans mostly silent

By Josh Richman and Andrew Edwards, Staff Writers Democrats representing California in Congress are promising to push for new gun control measures in the aftermath of the horrific slayings at a Connecticut elementary school last week, but the state's Republicans representatives were mostly silent amid the renewed debate over firearms legislation. An exclusive survey of all 53 California House members and members-elect, by the Los Angeles News Group and Bay Area News Group, found all 32 of th… Continue Reading

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