Press Releases


Schiff Condemns Partial FAA Shutdown, Calls on Airlines to Pass Savings onto Passengers

Washington, DC- Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) expressed his frustration with the House Majority for breaking for August recess without passing a clean FAA reauthorization bill and sent a letter calling on the airlines to pass on savings as a result of the shutdown to their passengers:"It is appalling to me that the House Majority has recessed for August without passing a clean FAA reauthorization bill, forcing a partial shutdown of the FAA. The shutdown will cost the government $200 million a w… Continue Reading


Schiff Statement on House-Passed Bill to Avoid Government Default

Washington, DC - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after the House approved a bill tonight that raises the federal debt limit and cuts discretionary spending by $1 trillion over the next 10 years, averting a government default."America pays its debts, and tonight I voted to pay them. The bill represents a painful and unbalanced compromise that should have included revenue, as part of a grand bargain that would set this nation on a new and responsible path towards true… Continue Reading


Schiff Joins Daphna Ziman to Kick Off Children Uniting Nations' "Keeping the Promise to Our Children" National Conference

Washington, DC -Yesterday morning, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined Daphna Ziman to kick off Children Uniting Nations' "Keeping the Promise to Our Children" National Conference, a day-long forum for policy makers and academics to discuss how our laws can better serve America's children."The greatest measure of a society is how well it treats its most vulnerable population, and in our society, the most vulnerable are our children, and among those -- our foster children," Rep. Schiff said. "I was pl… Continue Reading


Schiff Discusses Ongoing Debt Talks on Fox News' America's Newsroom

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined Fox News host Alisyn Camerota on America's Newsroom to discuss the ongoing debt and deficit negotiations. See below for a transcript of the interview. Click here to watch the video on Rep. Schiff's YouTube Channel. Rep. Schiff also appeared on Fox News Sunday with Shannon Bream. Click here to watch.Transcript:ALISYN CAMEROTA, FOX NEWS ANCHOR:The battle over the debt crisis ping- ponged back and forth this weekend, and the clock, of course,… Continue Reading


Schiff Applauds Licensing Deal with China's Biggest Search Engine, Known for Illegal Downloads

Washington, DC- Today, One Stop China, a joint venture between Sony Music, Warner Music, and Universal Music, announced a licensing deal with Chinese search and social networking giant Baidu. One of the 10 most trafficked websites in the world and the most popular website in China, Baidu has long been a major concern for U.S. copyright holders, as their services connected users to infringing music and video content and facilitated piracy. Baidu has been highlighted by the International Anti Pira… Continue Reading


Schiff on the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act: Not a Serious Legislative Proposal

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement on the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011, which has been introduced by the House Majority and could come to the House Floor for a vote as early as next week:"The "Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011" is not a serious legislative proposal, but a political device to give members of the majority political "cover." With only two weeks to go, we should not be spending precious time on proposals like this, which w… Continue Reading


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

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