Press Releases


Schiff Statement on Venezuela

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement on Venezuela: "Nicolas Maduro's disastrous and dictatorial rule has devastated the economy and society of Venezuela. Without hope for change through the ballot box following an election that lacked legitimacy, the people of Venezuela are voting with their feet, fleeing the nation in the millions. Recognizing the leader of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the ri… Continue Reading


Rep. Adam Schiff Sworn into 116th Congress for New Term Representing California's 28th Congressional District

Washington, DC - On Thursday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) was sworn into Congress for his tenth term, serving California's 28th Congressional District. "I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to continue to represent California's 28th in Washington for the next two years. A great deal of work lies ahead of us, but I am motivated by the trust my constituents have placed in me to advance their priorities in our nation's capitol." said Schiff. "Our first task is to re-open the government and … Continue Reading


Congressional Freedom of the Press Caucus Recognizes TIME Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year

Washington DC - Today, the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Freedom of the Press Caucus, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), released a joint statement in recognition of TIME Magazine's 2018 Person of the Year: "At least 52 journalists have been murdered in 2018. This year TIME Magazine honors reporters who fought to preserve freedom of thought. Their courage, and ultimate sacrifice, must never be forgotten. We must continue to support Guardians around the world and our nation'… Continue Reading


Thirty-Four Members of Congress Urge Administration to Support Robust Funding for Earthquake Early Warning System

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR), along with 31 Members of Congress, wrote a letter to the Office of Management and Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney, strongly urging the Trump Administration to include funding in the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget for the continued development and operation of the West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System (EEW). "To follow through on the funding made by the federal government, as well as growing … Continue Reading


Schiff Sends Letter to DHHS Expressing Concern Over Waived Background Checks at Teen Migrant Camp

Washington DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Alex Azar expressing deep concern that the Office of Refugee Resettlement has not required FBI fingerprint background checks for all individuals caring for migrant children at the influx care facility in Tornillo, Texas. This facility is already providing care to 1,800 children, and may grow further in coming months. "The failure to require FBI background checks for emplo… Continue Reading


Schiff Statement on Shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement: "I join the Jewish community, my community, in expressing my horror at the mass murder at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, my condolences, and my gratitude to those who responded. We pray for the full recovery of those injured and for solace for the families of those who were lost. "America is a great and beautiful country filled with magnificent peopl… Continue Reading


Schiff and Kennedy Place Friendly Wager on Dodgers-Red Sox World Series — Sushi vs. Shellfish

Washington, DC - As the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox prepare to face-off at Fenway Park in Boston tonight, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) today announced that they placed a friendly wager on the outcome of the series. The winner of the bet, along with the staff of both offices, will be treated to a seafood dinner from the loser's state: sushi from California or shellfish from Massachusetts. Schiff represents the areas bordering Dodger Stadium, while Kennedy represe… Continue Reading


Schiff-Chabot Joint Statement on the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

Washington, D.C.- Today, U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Co-Chairs of the Freedom of the Press Caucus, released the following statement on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a renowned journalist who has been a critic of the Saudi regime: "The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is deeply concerning, and the reports that he was murdered are outrageous. If Mr. Khashoggi is indeed dead, and all evidence points to his death inside the Saudi c… Continue Reading


Schiff Introduces See the Board Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) introduced the See the Board Act, a bill to authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to make grants available for entities that provide vision services for students in underserved communities to purchase portable or mobile optometry equipment and to pay for operational costs, including direct health care or service delivery costs. "Thousands of kids across the nation need glasses, but because they have never received an eye exa… Continue Reading


Schiff, Murphy and Curbelo Request DNI Assess National Security Threats of “Deep Fakes”

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) and Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats asking the Intelligence Community (IC) to assess the national security threats posed by "deep fake" technology. Deep fakes are realistic digital forgeries of videos, images, or audio created with cutting-edge machine learning techniques. They could be used by malicious actors to falsely portray people saying or doing things… Continue Reading


Schiff Announces $150,000 in Department of Justice Funding Coming to Glendale’s Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that the Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory (VRCL) in Glendale has been awarded $150,000 through the FY18 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program administered by the Department of Justice (DOJ). This funding will help the lab increase capacity and more quickly process DNA evidence, including sexual assault kits. The DNA Lab serves Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, and the surrounding communities. "The Verdugo Regiona… Continue Reading


Congressional Freedom of the Press Caucus Calls for Immediate Release of Ukrainian Journalist Held by Russia-backed Separatist Militants in Eastern Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Co-Chairs of the Freedom of the Press Caucus, today released the following statement: "As co-chairs of the Congressional Press Freedom Caucus, we are deeply concerned by reports that Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseyev continues to be held by Russia-backed separatist militants of the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic' (DNR) in eastern Ukraine since June 2017. Mr. Aseyev reported for various Ukrainian … Continue Reading


Schiff Introduces Resolution Urging Trump Administration to Support Improved Infant Nutrition Through Breastfeeding Education and Protection

Washington, D.C.- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and fourteen other members introduced a resolution in the House laying out the overwhelming scientific case for breastfeeding where possible and appropriate, and urging that all women be educated about their options. This follows recent opposition by the United States to a resolution introduced by Ecuador in the United Nations World Health Assembly supporting breastfeeding science and proper education of women. The resolution introduced this… Continue Reading


Schiff Asks HHS for Update on Implementation of HIPAA Provisions Allowing Providers to Share Health Information with Families During Certain Crisis Situations

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and other members sent a bipartisan letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting HHS provide an update on the implementation of the Compassionate Communication on HIPAA provisions authorized under the 21st Century Cures Act. Health care providers have broad ability to disclose limited protected health information to caregivers making good faith efforts to care for a family member with severe mental illness, based… Continue Reading


Schiff, Feinstein and Harris Urge FAA to Reconsider Plans to Terminate Support for Helicopter Noise Complaint System

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris (both D-Calif.) and other members of the Los Angeles delegation sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell urging the FAA to reconsider plans to terminate funding for the Los Angeles Automated Noise Complaint System. In the letter, Schiff, Feinstein and Harris ask the FAA to continue funding the system as well as make improvements to it in order to m… Continue Reading


Schiff Statement on Visit to Facility Housing Children from Migrant Families

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) released the following statement after touring a shelter facility in Fullerton, California that is housing children from migrant families that have been separated at the border: "These kids have everything but what they need - their parents. The staff is caring, the facilities were clean, but there is no way to make up for the trauma of a child being separated from their parent. Our top priority should be reuniting these kids with their paren… Continue Reading


Schiff, 94 Colleagues Demand House Appropriations Committee Reject Family Separations in Upcoming Funding Bills

Washington D.C. - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and 94 of his colleagues sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee asking the committee to prevent any funds from being used by the Trump Administration to separate kids from their families entering the United States. "The President's June 20th Executive Order leaves many important issues unsettled, and Congress must still pass legislation ensuring we keep families together," Schiff and other Members wrote in the letter. "We urge you t… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on Yemen

"The Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates-backed military offensive on the port city of Hudaydah - Yemen's remaining commercial and humanitarian lifeline - poses a grave risk of prolonging the conflict and deepening the world's worst man-made humanitarian catastrophe. Relief groups and human rights monitors in Yemen have repeatedly warned that such an operation may result in vicious and protracted fighting, devastating destruction, an immense number of casualties, and terrible humanitarian … Continue Reading


Intel Committee Ranking Member Schiff Statement on North Korea

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement: "The summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un carried the hopes of people around the world that there might be a peaceful means of achieving denuclearization of one of the world's most dangerous regimes. An objective assessment of the result reveals an unprecedented gain by the North Korean dictator that surely exceeded the North Korean… Continue Reading


Schiff Amendments to Stop Use of Glyphosate in Los Angeles River Blocked

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) expressed disappointment that the House Majority blocked two amendments he proposed that would have prohibited the Los Angeles District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from using glyphosate for vegetation management in the Los Angeles River. There is a significant body of evidence linking glyphosate exposure to health problems, and in 2015 the World Health Organization declared that it was "probably carcinogenic" for humans. California's… Continue Reading

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