Press Releases

06.29.06

Schiff Calls on Congress to Pass the Guantanamo Detainees Procedures Act of 2005 in the Wake of the Supreme Courts Decision on Military Tribunals

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) today issued the following statement in reaction to the Supreme Court's 5-3 ruling that the President did not have the authority to set up the "military commissions" in Guantanamo and that they are invalid. The Court found that the military commissions were not expressly authorized by any congressional act and that "the Executive is bound to comply with the Rule of Law that prevails in this jurisdiction.""I agree that the President cannot operat… Continue Reading


06.29.06

Congressman Schiff Speaks in Support of the Voting Rights Reauthorization

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to speak out of order. The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection, the gentleman from California is recognized for 5 minutes. There was no objection. Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, last week, the Republican leadership decided to pull the Voting Rights Act Reauthorization legislation from the floor. Debate on this historic civil rights statute had been scheduled for last Wednesday afternoon, and just hours before it was to start, the bill was withdrawn f… Continue Reading


06.29.06

A Time of Hope for Nagorno-Karabagh

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, this week I had the pleasure of meeting with Nagorno-Karabagh's Foreign Minister George Petrosian and National Assembly Speaker Ashot Ghulian. I have long supported the right of self-determination for the people of Nagorno-Karabagh and greatly admire the efforts of the people of this historically Armenian region to build democracy and a market economy in the face of hostility from Azerbaijan. It is a time of hope for a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict that… Continue Reading


06.28.06

Opposing Funding Cuts for NASA

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Chairman, I thank the chairman for yielding, and I rise in opposition to this amendment, regrettably for my friend from New York. I also am a very strong supporter of the COPS program, like my friend from Alabama, a former prosecutor. I have always supported and continue to support the COPS program. But robbing one vital program to support another is not the answer. Representing Southern California, the home of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, I have seen the tremendous space scien… Continue Reading


06.27.06

The Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press Calls on Secretary of State Rice to Urge Russia to Protect Journalist Rights

Washington, D.C. - Representative Adam Schiff, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for the Freedom of the Press, today wrote to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to ask her to call on Russia to take action to protect the independence and freedom of journalists in Russia when she meets with the Russian foreign minister next week. The letter also encouraged Secretary Rice to call on Russia to continue its investigation into slain journalist Paul Klebnikov's murder and to prosecute all those re… Continue Reading


06.27.06

Schiff Strengthens Nonproliferation Provisions

Washington, D.C. - The House Committee on International Relations today passed an amendment authored by Representative Adam Schiff that would ensure that the United States' nuclear cooperation agreement with India - designed to improve safeguards on India's civilian nuclear energy program - will not be used to facilitate India's nuclear weapons program. The amendment was passed as part of the United States and India Nuclear Cooperation Promotion Act of 2006 (H.R. 5682), which makes way for a pa… Continue Reading


06.22.06

Congressman Schiff Urges Secretary of State Rice to Support the Addition of Strict Guidelines on International Small Arms and Light Weapons Transfers

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Adam Schiff, late yesterday, sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging her to help reduce the international transfer of small arms and light weapons (SALW) to deadly conflict zones and terrorist organizations. Congressman Schiff's letter, cosigned by 69 House colleagues, is being sent in advance of the United Nations meetings in New York from June 26-July 7 combating the proliferation of SALW. "The easy availability of SALW -- particularly assault … Continue Reading


06.20.06

Schiff, Flake, Inslee, Van Hollen Author Bipartisan Amendment to Prohibit NSA Surveillance on American Soil Unless Authorized by Law

WASHINGTON, DC - Representative Adam Schiff today offered a bipartisan amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations bill that would block any funds from being used by the NSA and other Defense Department agencies for electronic surveillance in the United States unless the surveillance complies with Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) laws. The amendment was debated on the House Floor for over an hour and a half and a vote is expected on it later tonight. "Electronic surveillan… Continue Reading


06.15.06

Calling for an End to Impunity for Predators of Press Freedom

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to mark the 18-month anniversary of a tragic event that is symptomatic of the deterioration of press freedom in the Gambia and elsewhere.On December 16, 2004, one of the most respected journalists in West Africa, Deyda Hydara, was shot in the head and chest by unidentified gunmen. He died instantly, but the repercussions of his murder sent a shock wave through media and human rights advocates throughout the region. Mr. Hydara co-founded the Gambia's first independent ne… Continue Reading


06.14.06

Schiff Secures Funds to Improve Emergency Medical Care in Glendale

Washington, DC - Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) today announced that the House Appropriations Committee passed a measure that includes funds for an emergency room expansion and equipment upgrades at Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC). The bill is expected to pass the House next week. "This funding will benefit everyone in our community ensuring better access to emergency medical care," Schiff said. "These resources will allow the Glendale Adventist Medical Center to keep up with the … Continue Reading


06.14.06

Schiff Secures Funds for Community Based Organizations in Pasadena that Help At-Risk Youth and the Homeless

Washington, DC - Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) today announced that the House Appropriations Committee passed a measure that includes funds for family services and after-school arts education activities for low-income children in Pasadena. The bill is expected to pass the House next week. "The Armory Center and Union Station provide essential services to our youth and to the homeless population in our community. I am pleased that the Congress can play an important partnership role in suppor… Continue Reading


06.08.06

House Judiciary Committee Passes Schiff Amendment to Provide Greater Privacy Protection Through Increased Congressional Oversight

Washington D.C. - The House Judiciary Committee yesterday took up a bill that would require federal agencies to inform the public of the impact on personal privacy of any proposed regulations. The legislation would require agencies to provide notice about the collection of personal data stemming from any proposed rules and protect that data from misuse. The bill will provide agencies with an exemption from this requirement when national security is at risk. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) autho… Continue Reading


06.07.06

Schiff Secures Funds in House Bill for Asian Youth Center of San Gabriel

Washington, DC - Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) today announced the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, and District of Columbia has agreed to provide funds to renovate the Asian Youth Center (AYC) of San Gabriel. The measure now must be approved on the House and Senate floors and then sent to the President to be signed into law. "As a long-time mentor through the Big Brother program, I know first-hand how successful yo… Continue Reading


05.25.06

Bipartisan Legislation, Coauthored by Congressman Schiff, to Combat Computer Crimes and Ensure Data Security Passes Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Coming just days after reports of stolen Veterans Affairs data - what may be the nation's largest ever information security breach - the House Committee on the Judiciary today passed the "Cyber-Security Enhancement and Consumer Data Protection Act of 2006" (H.R. 5318). The bipartisan bill, coauthored by Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), would better combat cyber crime and protect data security. In an era of increasingly sophisticated computer technology, H.R. 5318 would provi… Continue Reading


05.24.06

Working Toward Better Outcomes for Children in Foster Care

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, this week I introduced the Fostering our Future Act of 2006, along with my colleague, the distinguished gentlewoman from Pennsylvania (Ms. Hart). This is a bill to help our Nation's foster youth by strengthening dependency courts and requiring accountability. Foster care is a critical safety net for half a million abused and neglected American children. It is, however, a system in need of support and reform. 20 percent of all foster kids will be forced to wait over 5… Continue Reading


05.22.06

Schiff, Hart Introduce Bipartisan Fostering Our Future Act

Washington, DC - In recognition of National Foster Care Month, Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Melissa Hart (R-PA) today announced they have coauthored the bipartisan Fostering our Future Act, (H.R. 3758) a bill that will strengthen America's foster care system."This nation has an obligation to our most vulnerable children that we are not meeting," said Schiff. "Substantial reforms of the foster care system have been recommended by the Pew Commission and Congress should act now to ensure… Continue Reading


05.19.06

Schiff Secures Funds for Research Efforts at the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and Arroyo Seco Watershed Study

Washington, DC - Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) today announced the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water has agreed to provide funds for research to be conducted at the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and for the Arroyo Seco Watershed Study. The Energy & Water appropriations bill is expected to pass the House next week. The appropriation measure also includes $250,000 for Children's Hospital Los Angeles. These resources will assist pediatric cancer research … Continue Reading


05.19.06

Issa and Schiff Introduce Legislation to Improve Patent Litigation in the District Courts

Washington, DC - Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), today, announced the introduction of H.R. 5418, a bill to create a pilot program to enhance the expertise of district court judges hearing patent cases. The bill will establish a pilot project in at least five district courts where judges will have the choice of opting-in to the new program to hear patent cases. Each of the test courts will be assigned a clerk with expertise in patent law or with the technical issues arisin… Continue Reading


05.18.06

A Comprehensive Approach to Protecting the Homeland

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, for much of our history the United States has not feared a direct attack. The vast expanses of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans allowed our young Nation to survive and thrive safe from the predation of the great powers of the 19th Century, and the growth of our military power in the 20th Century reinforced the belief that no hostile power could strike us here at home.Only the British, nearly two centuries ago during the War of 1812 have mounted a sustained military campai… Continue Reading


05.17.06

Schiff Calls on Egyptian President to Release Political Opponent from Jail and Promote Democracy

Washington DC - Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) today, wrote a letter to Egyptian President Muhammad Hosni Mubarak asking him to release democracy activist and opposition politician Ayman Nour from jail. Nour is serving a five year sentence for forgery. Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) cosigned the letter to President Mubarak.Mr. Nour, leader of the al-Ghad party, ran for President of Egypt against Mr. Mubarak on a platform that called for greater democracy and freedom in Egypt. His prosecu… Continue Reading

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