Press Releases


Rep. Schiff Announces Appointments to U.S. Service Academies

Burbank, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that five students from the 29th Congressional District have received appointments to U.S. service academies for the class of 2016. Four of the five United States service academies require a Congressional nomination in order to receive an appointment.The following students received appointments:• Peter Thomas Goodwin, a resident of Alhambra attending St. Monica Academy, to the Naval Academy• Nathan William Hamming, a resident of Bu… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Speaks Out On DOMA Ruling in Appropriations Committee

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) spoke during a markup of the Appropriations Committee about the recent ruling by the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and called on Congress to prohibit funding in the bill under consideration from defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. Speaker John Boehner has pledged to spend up to $1.5 million of money from the legislative branch appropriations to defend DOMA, and has spent $750,000 so far. Rep. Schiff has long encouraged repeal o… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Introduces Legislation to Ensure Cities Can Qualify for Federal Disaster Relief After Major Storms

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced legislation to 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 disaster relief. This legislation woul… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Condemns Postal Service Decision to Close Mack Robinson Post Office in Pasadena

Pasadena, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) issued the following statement after the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced it would move forward with a cost-cutting plan to close nearly 250 mail processing centers, including the Mack Robinson Processing and Distribution Center in Pasadena:"I was deeply disappointed to learn this afternoon that USPS is still pursing the closure of the mail sorting facility at the Mack Robinson Processing and Distribution Center within the next nine mont… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Helps Introduce Legislation to Protect Facebook Passwords from Prospective Employers

Washington, DC - This week, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) helped introduce the Password Protection Act Of 2012, legislation aimed at curbing the growing practice of employers requiring prospective or current employees to provide access to password-protected accounts as a condition for employment. According to news reports across the country, this is a cause of great concern especially among students set to graduate college this month. Schiff introduced the bill with eleven other co-sponsors led by Rep… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Applauds President Obama's Endorsement of Marriage Equality

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after President Barack Obama endorsed gay marriage:"Today, President Obama announced that he would support marriage equality for all Americans. The President's strong statement is something that I am proud to support, and an issue of great significance to the country. Marriage equality extends one of our most basic rights of citizenship to all Americans - that is, the right to marry the person you love."It's my sinc… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Prepares Amendment to Cyber Security Bill

Washington, DC - This week, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, will offer an amendment to address concerns raised by the Administration, civil liberties groups and Internet users with the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The House is slated to take up the bill along with a host of other cyber security bills later this week."Throughout the cyber security debate, my priority has been addressing the gaping holes in our cyber defenses," Schi… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Resolution Condemns the Killing of Journalists in Syria

Washington, D.C. - Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Mike Pence (R-IN), co-chairs of the Press Freedom Caucus, introduced a resolution in the House condemning the killing of journalists in Syria and calling on the government to open the country up to independent and foreign news media and end its media blackout. In the past year, journalists from across the world have bravely provided on-the-ground reports from the region. But they are increasingly in danger from fighting and often targeted sp… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Honors 2012 Women of the Year

Pasadena, CA- Today, at a luncheon in Pasadena, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) honored outstanding women from each of the communities (Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, and Temple City) in the 29th Congressional District. This recognition is made each year during Women's History Month.Below is a full list of all the honorees this year:Joanna Vargas (Alhambra), Carolyn Ingram Seitz (Altadena), Ellen Snortland (Altadena), Nancy E. Guillen (B… Continue Reading


Statement from Congressman Adam Schiff on the Shooting of Kendrec McDade

Pasadena, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) issued the following statement:"I want to join Mayor Bogaard, Councilman Holden and other members of the community in expressing my condolences to the family of Kendrec McDade after the loss of their son. There have been many serious questions raised by the shooting, and four investigations have been launched to determine precisely what took place and to provide answers to the family and the community. I join my colleagues in urging these invest… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Condemns North Korean Missile Launch

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after North Korea launched a missile yesterday:"North Korea's missile launch, despite its failure, is a serious breach of UN Security Council resolutions and a threat to international security. The international community must close ranks in acting on this latest provocation, and pressing Pyongyang not to proceed with a possible third nuclear test."North Kore… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on Windstorm Disaster Reports from Southern California Edison and Independent Auditor

Pasadena, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after reports were released by the Davies Group and Southern California Edison (SCE) on the response to the windstorm of November 2011:"I am pleased that SCE has responded proactively to the problems identified in its response to the recent Windstorm by releasing both an internal report and a report from an outside firm. Both reports identify areas where SCE's response should be improved for future. Most impo… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Announces Annual Art Contest with Online Voting

Pasadena, CA- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that he will host the annual Congressional Arts Competition Forum & Exhibit for the 29th District, featuring high school student artwork from the region, on Sunday April 15. 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, Schiff is opening up the competition with a "People's… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff: Continued Delay By Forest Service After Station Fire Is Unacceptable

Pasadena, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) again called on the Forest Service to end the interminable delay in their assessment of the agency's night-flying operations. The helicopter portion of the report was supposed to be completed by August 2011, but the Forest Service missed that deadline. Since then, the Forest Service has missed another internal deadline to complete the report by the end of 2011. That assessment is now more than six months overdue."As we enter yet another fire season, … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff To EPA: Stop Wasting Time and Complete Chromium 6 Study

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson expressing his disappointment with the EPA's decision to delay the completion of their Chromium 6 toxicology assessment and urging EPA to complete the assessment in a timely fashion. In 2010, the EPA released its draft Chromium 6 study which found that it was likely carcinogenic and a danger to human health when ingested. However, the EPA recently announced that it… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Applauds Decision to Reject NASA Request to Divert Mars Funds

Washington, DC- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a member of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, applauded the decision of Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) to reject a fiscal 2012 reprogramming request that would have shifted funds away from the Mars program, including a pair of joint missions with the European Space Agency (ESA). The request, which came from NASA, would have begun the process of shutting down its cooperative Mars-exploration effort with the … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Penalties for Straw Purchases of Firearms

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) 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. The limited federal penalties have provided prosecutors with little leverage in their efforts to tackle cartel violence. Schiff's legislation would provide prosecutors with a new tool … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Urges California Department of Public Health to Move Quickly to Establish Limits for Chromium 6 in Drinking Water and Condemns Delays

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent a letter to California Department of Public Health's (CDPH) Director Ron Chapman urging the department to move quickly to establish a Maximum Containment Level (MCL) for Chromium 6. Before treatment, underground water from some local wells contains between 45 and 70 parts per billion of Chromium 6. It was recently announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency planned to install 30 wells in the Glendale-Burbank area this month to moni… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Hosts Town Hall at JPL

Pasadena, CA- Yesterday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hosted a town hall for Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) employees in the Theodore von Kármán Auditorium to discuss his concerns with the recent cuts to the NASA Budget, and particularly the Mars program, and to hear the views of JPL employees. After the President announced the cuts, Schiff vowed to fight them "tooth and nail" in the Congress."I am always inspired by meeting with the brilliant people at JPL," said Rep. Adam Schiff. "It… Continue Reading


Rep. Adam Schiff Statement on 9th Circuit Decision Striking Down California Law on Armenian Genocide-Era Insurance Claims

Pasadena, CA - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after the 9th Circuit ruled in the Movsesian v.Versicherung case, effectively barring Armenian-Americans from seeking the return of stolen Armenian Genocide-era insurance assets through U.S. courts, under California law:"I am deeply disappointed and mystified by this decision and cannot see how the 9th Circuit could have reached such a flawed legal conclusion. I will be studying the decision in the coming days an… Continue Reading

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