Press Releases

09.18.07

Schiff Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Gang Violence

Washington, D.C. - Late yesterday, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation to halt gang violence. The Gang Prevention, Intervention and Suppression Act (H.R. 3547) would provide new resources for community-based gang prevention and intervention activities. The bill would also revise criminal laws and penalties to give gang prosecutors new tools in the fight against gang violence. The legislation will target resources to communities with severe gang activity and incl… Continue Reading


08.07.07

Congress Authorizes Funding for Local Clean Drinking Water Project

Washington D.C. - Late last night, the House passed legislation authorizing $5 million for the Southern California Foothill Communities Water Supply Reliability Program (WSRP). The authorization for the WSRP, which will provide clean drinking water for millions of local Southern California residents, was included in the Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 1495) conference report. In February, Rep. Schiff wrote to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastr… Continue Reading


08.01.07

Rep. Schiff Cosponsors Legislation Recognizing Two Pioneers of Innovation and Exploration

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, Congressman Adam Schiff joined Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) in introducing legislation to re-designate NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center and the Western Aeronautical Test Range as the Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range."Neil Armstrong and Hugh Dryden are true American Heroes," said Adam Schiff. "Naming NASA's Flight Research Center and the Western Aeronautical Te… Continue Reading


07.23.07

House Passes Schiff Measure to Prevent the Spouses of Elected Officials and Candidates from Collecting Campaign Checks

Washington, DC - Today, in an effort to continue to raise the bar on ethical standards in Congress, the House passed a bipartisan measure authored by Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), which will end the potentially corrupt practice of allowing federal office holders and candidates to employ their spouses in their campaign. The Campaign Expenditure Transparency Act (H.R. 2630), cosponsored by Rep. Michael Castle (R-DE), would amend campaign finance laws to prohibit a practice whereby spouses of… Continue Reading


07.12.07

Schiff Helps Secures Funds for Important Jet Propulsion Laboratory Programs

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff announced that the House Appropriations Committee passed a bill which included funding for three important programs being managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Rep. Schiff is a member of the subcommittee charged with drafting the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill, which included funding for the SIM PlanetQuest, the Mars Exploration Program, and the Outer Planets program. "The space program represents the best of our natio… Continue Reading


06.22.07

Biotechnology Workforce Training Center in Pasadena to Receive Federal Funding

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Schiff announced that the House Appropriations Committee has passed legislation, which includes $231,000 to support the start-up of three regional non-profit centers designed to assist and enhance development of the region's innovative biotechnology businesses. The funding will support the California State University Program for Research and Education in Biotechnology (CSUPERB). The CSUPERB will provide innovative training for this vital industry's specialized workf… Continue Reading


06.21.07

Reps. Schiff, Israel Fight to Keep Green Export Provision in Foreign Aid Spending Bill

Washington, DC - With the news of China surpassing the United States in carbon dioxide emissions, U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Steve Israel (D-NY) will fight to maintain a provision they requested in the House Fiscal Year 2008 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill that will require that at least 10 percent of the Export-Import Bank's (EX-IM) investments in energy projects be allocated for renewable energy projects. "Our provision, could quadruple the amount of advanced … Continue Reading


06.13.07

Supporting the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

Mr. Chairman, I would like to make, essentially, two points. First, my friends in the minority lack credibility on the issue they have raised last night and today; and, second, this bill is far too important to be stalled, delayed, put off by blatantly partisan tactics.On the first point, why does the minority party lack credibility on this issue? Well, one of the two parties during the last 6 years took the largest surpluses, I think we have had in history, and managed to turn those surpluses i… Continue Reading


05.23.07

House Resolution of Disapproval in Attorney General Gonzales Gains Quick Support

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Artur Davis (D-AL) announced that a resolution they introduced Monday, expressing no confidence in the performance of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and urging the President to request his resignation, has quickly gained support, with over a hundred Members signing on as cosponsors in just two days. Reps. Schiff and Davis, both former federal prosecutors, drafted the resolution in response to the failures of Attorney General Gonzales to ade… Continue Reading


05.21.07

Schiff, Davis Introduce Resolution Expressing No Confidence in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Artur Davis (D-AL) introduced a resolution expressing no confidence in the performance of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and urging the President to request his resignation. Reps. Schiff and Davis, both former federal prosecutors, drafted the resolution in response to failures of Attorney General Gonzales to adequately and properly manage the Department of Justice. Recent Congressional testimony and news reports have chronicled Attorney G… Continue Reading


05.18.07

Federal Study Called for by Schiff Reveals Chromium 6 in Drinking Water can Cause Cancer

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff announced the release of a draft report of a federal cancer study of the health effects of ingesting chromium 6. In 2001, Rep. Schiff spearheaded a California delegation-wide effort to commission the study by the National Institutes of Health's National Toxicology Program. The two year study found that high doses of chromium 6 in drinking water cause cancer in lab rodents. "This study provides us with valuable information on the serious health risks ass… Continue Reading


05.17.07

International Anti-Piracy Caucus Unveils "2007 International Piracy Watch List"

Washington, D.C.: At a press conference today the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus, which is chaired by Senators Joe Biden (D-DE) and Gordon Smith (R-OR), and Congressmen Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), unveiled the "2007 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 copyright piracy… Continue Reading


05.14.07

Schiff, Chabot Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Computer Crimes and Ensure Data Security

Today, Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Steve Chabot (R-OH) introduced the Cyber-Security Enhancement Act. The bipartisan bill will help take strong steps to combat cyber crime and protect data security. In an era of increasingly sophisticated computer technology, this measure would provide better data security protections for both individuals and businesses and would give law enforcement the tools they need to successfully track and prosecute cyber criminals. "Criminals are increasingl… Continue Reading


05.11.07

House Passes Schiff/Flake Amendment to Prevent Warrantless Eavesdropping on Americans

Washington, DC - Early this morning, the House passed a bipartisan amendment authored by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a member of the House Judiciary Committee and House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, and Rep. Jeff Flake that reiterates that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) continues to be the exclusive means by which domestic electronic surveillance for the purpose of gathering foreign intelligence information may be conducted. The amendment also makes clear that only… Continue Reading


05.10.07

Schiff Votes to Begin Withdrawal of Combat Forces From Iraq

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff voted in favor of a bill (H.R. 2237) that would end America's combat presence in Iraq and move to a containment strategy. The measure would require the withdrawal of combat forces from Iraq to begin within 90 days of enactment and be completed 180 days thereafter. The bill explicitly provides for the continued presence of U.S. military personnel to safeguard U.S. diplomats, to continue training Iraqi troops and for targeted operations against al Qae… Continue Reading


05.09.07

Schiff Introduces Legislation To Safeguard Nuclear Weapons Material

Washington, DC - Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) today introduced bipartisan legislation, the Ending Nuclear Trafficking Act, to bolster efforts to deter and prevent nuclear material from falling into the hands of terrorists. The bill, cosponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), would establish nuclear trafficking as a crime against humanity, make it easier to prosecute international nuclear traffickers in U.S courts, and strengthen penalties for trafficking nuclear material. "There are large st… Continue Reading


05.03.07

Protecting Journalists on World Press Freedom Day

These are difficult and dangerous days for reporters around the world. According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, 56 journalists were killed in the line of duty in 2006, most of whom were murdered to silence or punish them. The toll was 9 more than the 47 journalists killed in 2005, just the year before, and well above average for the last 2 decades of reporting. Another 30 reporters were killed, but law enforcement authorities cannot confirm that their deaths were the res… Continue Reading


04.27.07

Commemorating the Armenian Genocide

Mr. Speaker, it has been nearly 4 years since President Bush ordered American military forces into Iraq with the intention of toppling the government of Saddam Hussein. Now, after more than 3,100 American troops have been lost and this Nation has spent in excess of $365 billion, we find ourselves at a crossroads. Do we endorse the President's decision to escalate the conflict, or do we, as a coequal branch of government, exercise our prerogative to force a change in course?In October of 2002… Continue Reading


04.24.07

Schiff Cosponsors the Paycheck Fairness Act on Equal Pay Day

Washington, D.C. - Today, on Equal Pay Day, Representative Adam Schiff announced that he has cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 1338), which aims to strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Both bills work to ensure that there is truly equal pay for equal work in this country. The Paycheck Fairness Act would provide more effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work. "Equal pay is not just a women's issue, it's a family issue," said Schiff. "The wage… Continue Reading


04.17.07

Schiff Calls On Ethiopian and Rwandan Presidents to Halt Persecution of Female Journalists

Washington, DC - Representative Adam Schiff, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press, today sent two bipartisan letters to the Presidents of Ethiopia and Rwanda calling on them halt the persecution of these female journalists in their countries and to ensure the right of a free press."These women must be freed or given a fair trial if these countries want to respected members of the international community," said Schiff. "A free and open press is an essential ingredient to… Continue Reading

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