Press Releases


House Adopts Schiff, Bass, Fudge Amendment to Advance Cutting-Edge Energy Research

Washington, DC -Today, on a razor thin 214 to 213 vote, the House approved an amendment offered by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Charles Bass (R-NH), and Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) in the FY2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill to restore funding for cutting-edge research through the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The amendment, which will provide a boost to the revolutionary arm of DOE started in 2009 to pursue high-risk, high-reward research on energy, passed on a biparti… Continue Reading


Schiff Amendment Would Restore Funding for Community Oriented Policing Services

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) offered an amendment to the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill for FY2012 to restore $600 million to the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office at the Department of Justice (DOJ) for hiring grants. COPS hiring grants assist police departments large and small with the costs of hiring new police officers."Since its creation in 1994, COPS hiring programs have helped put an additional 100,000 police officers on the streets and… Continue Reading


Schiff Amendments Would Boost Funding for Critical Science, Space & Technology Initiatives

Washington, DC- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) offered two amendments to the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill for FY2012 to restore vital funding for science and technology, which were disproportionately affected by the cuts proposed in the underlying bill. Unfortunately, both amendments failed in committee."It is important that we make a strong investment in science and technology if we want our nation to have a prosperous future," Rep. Schiff said. "The cuts included in this b… Continue Reading


Schiff Statement on Attacks in Mumbai

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member of the Technical and Tactical Subcommittee on Intelligence Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement today on the deadly attacks in Mumbai, India: "My heart and prayers go out to the people of India, and the victims and families devastated by today's senseless attacks in Mumbai. As a close ally and the world's largest democracy, India will recover, and we will work side-by-side with its government to bring those responsible for today's tragedy to justi… Continue Reading


Schiff Offers Amendment to Give Congress Authority to Seek Gun Trace Data

Washington, DC- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) offered an amendment to the FY2012 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill that would add Congressional Committees with oversight responsibilities for law enforcement, intelligence, and national security to the list of entities that are allowed to request gun trace information from the ATF."Operation Fast and Furious, which resulted in the deaths of both American and Mexican citizens, exemplifies the need to do away with regulations that h… Continue Reading


Schiff Writes to AG Holder Concerning the Murder of Mike Yepremyan

Washington, DC -Yesterday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent the following letter to Attorney General Eric Holder concerning the murder of 19-year-old Mike Yepremyan from North Hollywood and the primary suspect in the case, Zareh Manjikian: Dear Mr. Attorney General:I am writing to bring to your attention a case of great concern to me and my constituents, and to respectfully request your assistance. In November 2009, Mike Yepremyan, a 19-year-old college student was murdered in a North Hollywood park… Continue Reading


Schiff Statement Regarding Information Requests for Multiple Sales of Semi-Automatic Rifles with Detachable Magazines

Washington, DC - Yesterday, after the Department of Justice announced the approval of a new rule requiring gun dealers in states along the Southwest Border to report the sale of multiple semi-automatic rifles to a single buyer, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement:"I have been calling on the Department of Justice and the White House to approve such a rule for some time, and this is a very important development," Rep. Schiff said. "Existing law already requires dealers to repo… Continue Reading


Schiff Amendment Would Support Space Exploration, National Security

Washington, DC - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) offered an amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which funds the Department of Energy (DOE), to include investments necessary to restart energy production that would provide dependable power in locations where no other source of power is available, such as in deep space and underwater."This project will make an incredible impact on our ability to do the kind of space exploration that cannot be done by any other nation in the world," Rep. … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Calif. Congressional Delegation Calls on Veolia to Compensate Victims of Chatsworth Train Crash

Washington-Members of California's Congressional delegation today sent a letter to the Chairman of Veolia Environnement urging the company to adequately and fairly compensate the victims of the deadly train crash in Chatsworth on September 12, 2008. The catastrophic crash was caused by a Veolia employee who was text messaging before the collision that claimed the lives of 24 innocent people. At a hearing in May, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Peter D. Lichtman stated that th… Continue Reading


Schiff Statement on the Future of the Arab Spring and Syria

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) spoke on the House Floor about the future of the Arab Spring and the situation in Syria. See below for a transcript of his remarks. Click here to watch the video.Mr. Schiff: Mr. Speaker, there are moments in the lives of nations when existing order is suddenly revealed as bereft of legitimacy and no longer viable. The wave of unrest spreading across the Arab world, touched off by the self-immolation of a Tunisian fruit vendor tired of petty humili… Continue Reading


Schiff Statement Marking the 45th Anniversary of the Implementation of Medicare

Washington, DC- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement on the 45th anniversary of the implementation of Medicare:"Forty-five years ago, President Johnson signed Medicare into law, and the Medicare program began to be implemented on July 1, 1966. Medicare has transformed life for millions of seniors in this country, providing them with economic and health care security."Before Medicare, only 51 percent of Americans 65 and older had health care coverage. Today, thanks to M… Continue Reading


Bill to Dedicate Pasadena Post Office to First Lieutenant Oliver Goodall Passes Out of Committee

Washington, DC -Today, legislation introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to designate the U.S. Postal Service office located at 281 E. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena as the "First Lieutenant Oliver Goodall Post Office" passed out of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The legislation will honor and pay tribute to the more than 50 years of service that Oliver Goodall provided to the community and country as a Tuskegee Airman, public information officer and postal worker. The legislati… Continue Reading


Schiff Statement on Fee Diversion Provision of the America Invents Act

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-29) released the following statement on the Fee Diversion Provision included in the Manager's Amendment to the America Invents Act:"The biggest problem with our patent system is the large and onerous backlog of patent applications. This backlog stifles innovation and undermines our economic competitiveness. The underlying bill ended the practice of fee diversion which has robbed the patent office of nearly $1 billion in patent fees that could have bee… Continue Reading


Schiff Introduces Legislation to Bolster Egyptian and Tunisian Move Toward Democracy

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced legislation to help Egypt and Tunisia as they transition to democracy by promoting the strengthening their private sectors Specifically, the legislation will encourage joint ventures with the U.S. and Egypt and Tunisia, providing technical assistance, strategic advice and support to private entrepreneurs, as well as small- and medium-sized businesses."This is a once in a generational moment, potentially one of the most promising that we … Continue Reading


Appropriations Committee Passes Energy and Water Legislation

Washington, DC - Today, the House Energy and Water Appropriations Committee passed legislation to fund the Department of Energy (DOE), but sharply reduced the investment in cutting edge research into new technologies. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) offered an amendment to the bill that would have restored funding for Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), a revolutionary arm of DOE started in 2009 to pursue high-risk, high-reward research on energy.Schiff's amendment was supported by Ca… Continue Reading


Schiff and Dold Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing the Armenian Genocide

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced a bipartisan House Resolution with Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL) recognizing and commemorating the Armenian Genocide in the House of Representatives. The resolution calls on the President and the U.S. Government to properly recognize and commemorate the atrocities that occurred in Armenia beginning in 1915, and which resulted in the death of 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children, as genocide."The facts of history are clear, well docum… Continue Reading


Former Schiff Intern Captures Big Win on Jeopardy!

Washington, DC- Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-29) is proud to acknowledge the accomplishment of former intern Tom Brown, on his big Jeopardy win. Brown served as an intern in the Congressman's Washington, DC office in the summer of 2006. While simultaneously juggling an internship and coursework at Princeton University, Brown demonstrated a strong work ethic and intellect that served him well in preparing for his big win in Jeopardy."It is wonderful to see our interns move on to succeed in life as im… Continue Reading


Schiff Condemns Murder of Pakistani Journalist

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-29) released the following statement after reports that Asia Times Online's Pakistan bureau chief Syed Saleem Shahzad was found tortured and slain yesterday near the town of Mandi Bahauddin, about 75 miles southeast of Islamabad:"I am deeply distressed and saddened by the news that Asia Times Online's Pakistan bureau chief Syed Saleem Shahzad was found tortured and slain yesterday about 75 miles southeast of Islamabad."For months Shahzad had expressed … Continue Reading


Schiff Welcomes Councilmember Jacque Robinson to Nation's Capitol for 2011 Young Elected Officials Network National Convention

Washington, DC- Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-29) is honored to welcome Pasadena Councilmember Jacque Robinson to a four-day 2011 Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network National Convening. As a young elected official attending the largest assembly of elected leaders in the country younger than 35 years old, Robinson will have the opportunity to shadow Rep. Schiff for the day and exchange ideas with 200 peers who share similar aspirations for their communities. The convention will challenge leaders to iden… Continue Reading


International Anti-Piracy Caucus Unveils "2011 International Piracy Watch List"

Washington, D.C.: At a press conference today the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus, which is chaired by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Adam Schiff (D-CA), unveiled the "2011 International Piracy Watch List." In an effort to combat international copyright piracy by calling attention to countries where piracy has reached alarming levels, the Caucus announced they will closely monitor the serious problems of copyrig… Continue Reading

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