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Schiff Offers Bipartisan Amendment to Establish Clearly Defined Laws Prohibiting Torture and Inhumane Treatment

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Adam Schiff today offered a bipartisan amendment in the House Judiciary Committee that would establish clearly defined laws to prohibit torture and cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment of military detainees. The legislation was aimed at ensuring that interrogators and officials have sufficient notice of what conduct could subject them to liability. This legislation will help protect our troops proscribing torture or inhumane treatment. Congressman Schiff's am… Continue Reading


IRS Actions on Sermons Questioned by Lawmakers

Washington, D.C. - Seeking to protect the free speech rights of clergy to speak on important matters of the day, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC) called for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to justify its investigation of certain houses of worship throughout the country.Late last year, the IRS's Political Activity Compliance Initiative (PACI) launched an examination of All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena, questioning whether a sermon given days before the November 20… Continue Reading


Congressman Schiff Applauds Sen. Menendez's Actions to Halt the Nomination of Richard Hoagland as the next U.S. Ambassador to Armenia

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) lauded Senator Robert Menendez's (D-NJ) effort to block a vote on Richard E. Hoagland's nomination to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Armenia. Yesterday, Senator Menendez put a hold on Mr. Hoagland's nomination, preventing a Senate vote. Mr. Hoagland has been nominated to replace Ambassador John Evans who was recently pushed to retire from his post by the Bush Administration. Congressman Schiff and many of his Congressional colleagues be… Continue Reading


The Crisis in Iraq

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, Last Sunday Vice President Cheney appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" and provided a vivid example of George Santayana's admonition that "those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it." After 3 1/2 years of bloody combat; after our Nation has lost more than 2,600 of our military's finest; after thousands more of our brave men and women have been wounded; after we have spent more than $300 billion; with no end in sight to the … Continue Reading


Judiciary Committee Approves Issa/Schiff Legislation to Improve Patent Litigation in District Courts

Washington, DC - The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved 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 while maintaining random assignment. Each of the test courts will be assigned a clerk with expertise in patent law or with the technical issues aris… Continue Reading


Congressman Schiff Writes to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Urging Opposition to Bolton Nomination

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Adam Schiff today sent a letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Ranking Member Joseph Biden (D-DE) urging the committee to oppose the nomination of John Bolton to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to hold a vote on Mr. Bolton's nomination tomorrow. Nineteen Democratic House Colleagues joined Schiff in signing the letter. "This Administration, like its predecessor… Continue Reading


Schiff Works to Broaden Intelligence Oversight

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) in introducing the Intelligence Oversight Act (H.R. 5954) - a bill to strengthen the process by which information regarding classified intelligence programs is made available to Members of Congress. "Members of Congress are entrusted with the responsibility to do vigorous oversight to ensure Americans' safety and to guarantee our freedom," Schiff said. "We should not have to rely on the morning paper to learn about sec… Continue Reading


Supporting a Fair and Livable Minimum Wage

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my disappointment that once again the Members of this House appear poised to let another opportunity pass us by that would have a meaningful impact in the lives of millions of American families. Today, we are voting on a bill that has been rushed to this House floor and purports to raise the Federal minimum wage. In reality, however, the bill before us seeks to muddy the waters about whether America's lowest paid workers deserve to make a livi… Continue Reading


Two Schiff Proposals to Stop Internet Predators, Solve Murders Become Law

Washington, D.C. - Two proposals by Rep. Adam Schiff became law yesterday: one to protect our children from on-line predators and another to help police solve difficult murder cases. These provisions were part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (H.R. 4472) signed into law yesterday by President Bush."We hope these provisions will help many families already victimized by brutal crimes to see the perpetrators of those crimes brought to justice," Schiff said. "The law will also… Continue Reading


Condemning the Recent Attacks Against the State of Israel

Mr. SCHIFF. Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of this resolution and of our friend and ally, the State of Israel. In May of 2000, Israeli forces withdrew from southern Lebanon, ending an 18-year presence that was intended to stop guerilla attacks on civilians living in northern Israel. Last summer Israeli settlers and military personnel left Gaza and part of the West Bank and turned over administration of those areas to the Palestinian Authority. The withdrawals were conciliatory gestures … Continue Reading


Schiff Calls on Armenian President to Extradite a Glendale Murder Suspect

Washington, D.C. - Late last week, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), along with a group of 14 bipartisan colleagues, wrote to the President of Armenia requesting that Arthur Khanzadyan be returned to the United States to stand trial for the murder of Odet Tsaturyan. In the letter, the Members expressed their belief that Mr. Khanzadyan would be much more effectively prosecuted in the United States where full access to evidence and witnesses could be ensured. "There has been an outcry from the fami… Continue Reading


Schiff Invites Constituents to Participate in a Letter Writing Campaign to Raise Awareness and Call for Action to Stop the Genocide in Darfur

Washington, D.C. - Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) is inviting his constituents in the 29th Congressional District to participate in a letter writing campaign at "Camp Darfur" to raise awareness and call for action to stop the Genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. Rep. Schiff will visit Camp Darfur, with individuals and the congregations of area churches to participate in timely and critically important letter-writing campaigns to elected officials about the atrocities taking place in Darfu… Continue Reading


Representative Schiff Cosponsors Major Energy Independence Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Leading House Democrats, including Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), Rep. Adam Schiff(CA), member of the House International Relations Committee and, Rep. John Dingell (MI), Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member, Rep. Jim Oberstar, Transportation Committee Ranking Member, Rep. Mark Udall (CO), co-chair of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, Rep. Stephanie Herseth (SD), Rep. Earl Blumenauer, member of the House Transportation Committee and Task Force on Livable Comm… Continue Reading


Improving Health Through Stem Cell Research

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, it is a momentous event when a president vetoes a bill. It is a pronouncement that the lawmaking body of our federal government is in error and that the difficult lawmaking process has produced legislation not worthy of enactment. For the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, nothing could be further from the truth. I was proud to have voted for H.R. 810 when it first came to the House Floor for a vote in May 2005, and I am proud today to vote to override the Presi… Continue Reading


The United States and India Nuclear Cooperation Promotion Act

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for yielding, and I rise in support of this legislation and of the growing strategic partnership between the United States, the world's oldest democracy, and India, the world's largest. The hard work by Members and the staff on the IR Committee under the leadership of the chairman and ranking member have produced a bill that better attempts to address legitimate nonproliferation concerns and respects congressional authority to approve agree… Continue Reading


Supreme Court Ruling Casts Even More Doubt on NSA Surveillance Program

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld that the President did not have the authority to set up the "military commissions" in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and that they are invalid. In analyzing the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) -- passed by Congress just days after the September 11th attacks -- to determine whether Congress provided separate and new authority to establish military commissions, the Court concluded that "there is nothing in the text o… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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

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