Press Releases


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Schiff Attends Capitol Ceremony to Honor Tuskegee Airmen

Washington, D.C. - This week, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) attended a special ceremony in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol where the Tuskegee Airmen were honored for their service and bravery in World War II. At the ceremony, the Tuskegee Airmen were awarded Congress's highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal. O. Oliver Goodall of Altadena served as a pilot from 1942 to 1947 and was awarded a replica Congressional Gold Medal at this week's Capitol ceremony. "These men are extra… Continue Reading


Schiff Offers Legislation to Highlight Human Trafficking Abuses

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Adam Schiff introduced a bipartisan resolution that would express Congress's commitment to raising awareness about human trafficking and doing more to end the abhorrent practice. It is estimated that 600,000 to 800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders each year. Of these, approximately 80 percent are women and girls, and up to 50 percent are minors. This resolution was authored to bring about nationwide acknowledgment… Continue Reading


Schiff Presses Secretary of State Rice on Armenian Genocide Recognition

Washington, D.C. - Today, at an Appropriations hearing before the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) pressed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on her opposition to recognizing the Armenian Genocide carried out by the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1923. In his pointed questioning, Schiff repeatedly asked the Secretary of State if she believed that the murder of 1.5 million Armenians could be characterized as anything other than… Continue Reading


Schiff Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Gang Violence

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to halt gang violence. The Gang Abatement and Prevention Act (H.R. 1582) would create new criminal gang offenses and require harsher penalties for illegal gang members who are convicted of those crimes, while focusing on providing new resources for community-based programs that seek to prevent future gang activity. Significantly, the bill also includes more than $1 billion in funding for la… Continue Reading


Congressmen Schiff and Flake Troubled By PATRIOT Act Abuse

Washington, D.C. - Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, who represents California's 29th District, and Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona's 6th District, were deeply troubled by reports of abuse of PATRIOT Act powers by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). An audit by the Justice Department found that the FBI improperly used powers afforded to them by the PATRIOT Act to acquire personal information on U.S. citizens. "The abuses of authority we learned of today are al… Continue Reading


Schiff Writes to Attorney General Gonzales Requesting a Status Update on a Report Regarding the State of U.S. Detainees Suspected of Terrorism

Washington, D.C. - Late yesterday, Representatives Adam Schiff, Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), and Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) called on United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for an update on the status of a report on American citizens and residents detained on suspicion of terrorism. The report is required by a measure that Rep. Schiff authored in the 2005 Department of Justice Reauthorization b… Continue Reading


Schiff Meets with Armenian-American and Asian-American Student Leaders to Promote Public Service

Washington, D.C. - This week, Representative Adam Schiff hosted two breakfasts with local Armenian-American and Asian-American student leaders to discuss public service. The students were nominated by their school principals to attend a breakfast with Rep. Schiff. At the breakfasts, Rep. Schiff was joined by other public officials and local leaders who talked about public service and discussed ways the students can increase their civic knowledge and participation. The events offered an opport… Continue Reading


A Better Way Forward in Iraq

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


The Need for Comprehensive Climate Change Legislation

Madam Speaker, on Friday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its fourth report on the state of climate change science. This report is the most comprehensive, unbiased summary of the climate situation because it evaluates all peer-reviewed research published around the world and draws only the most conservative conclusions. The report found that the evidence of global warming is unequivocal, and that the culprit is almost certainly our emissions. However, this troubling scient… Continue Reading


Schiff Commends Copyright Industries for Contributions to the American Economy

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) commended a report by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), which highlights the copyright industries' significant contributions to the U.S. economy. "This report is welcome news and shows how the copyright industries are vibrant, hard working, and successful," said Schiff. "As a Representative of so many of these industries and their employees, I know firsthand the importance they play in providing quality jobs for… Continue Reading


Supporting the College Student Relief Act

Madam Speaker, I rise in support of the College Student Relief Act. America's economy continues to change, and a college education has grown increasingly more important. Unfortunately, it has also grown increasingly more expensive, with tuition and fees for a four-year public college rising 41 percent--after inflation--since 2001. Federally subsidized loans provide a crucial helping hand to middle class students and families. This legislation will lessen the burden on hardworking students an… Continue Reading


Oversight of the National Security Agency

Mr. Speaker, in December 2005, we learned that the Bush administration was using the National Security Agency, the NSA, to eavesdrop on Americans on U.S. soil without a warrant or judicial oversight, in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.Over a year later, Congress has yet to address this issue, and the NSA's secret surveillance program has continued unabated. Just last week the administration continued its unilateral approach, announcing that notwithstanding its protesta… Continue Reading


Schiff Condemns the Murder of Journalist, Hrant Dink, in Turkey and Mourns his Loss

Washington, D.C. - Representative Adam Schiff today mourned the loss of one of Turkey's most prominent Armenian journalists, who was shot to death outside his newspaper's office in Istanbul. Hrant Dink was a vocal critic of the Turkish government and a leading voice in calling for Armenian Genocide recognition. In 2003, on a trip to Turkey, Rep. Schiff met with Mr. Dink to discuss his efforts on Genocide recognition and press freedom issues. "From the moment I met Mr. Dink, I could tell that h… Continue Reading

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