Press Releases


Statement of Representative Adam Schiff on the House Judiciary Committee Passage of the Voting Rights Act Extension

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on the Judiciary passed the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006. This legislation extends, for 25 years, the historic Voting Rights Act (VRA) that was signed into law in 1965 to ensure that minority citizens are able to elect representatives of their choice without fear of discrimination or intimidation. The following is the statement made by Representative Adam Schiff in… Continue Reading


Schiff Offers Amendment to Address the Threat Posed by Improvised Explosive Devices

Washington, D.C. - Reacting to continuing news reports dating back to the beginning of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan that have highlighted the catastrophic dangers associated with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and continuing concerns over the Defense Department's response to the problem, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) today will offer an amendment in the House Rules Committee that would require the Secretary of Defense to submit quarterly reports to Congress regarding the threat… Continue Reading


World Press Freedom Day

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, today is World Press Freedom Day, a time set aside to honor the work and sacrifice of journalists around the world. I believe that freedom of the press is vital to American national security and to our democracy here at home. Today, my colleague from Indiana, Mr. Pence, and Senators Chris Dodd and Richard Lugar joined me in launching a new bipartisan, bicameral caucus aimed at advancing press freedom around the world. The Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press cre… Continue Reading


Schiff, Pence Launch Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press

Washington, D.C. - In honor of World Press Freedom Day, Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Mike Pence (R-IN) today kicked off a new bipartisan, bicameral caucus aimed at advancing press freedom around the world. The Congressional Caucus for the Freedom of the Press, co-chaired by Reps. Schiff and Pence in the House and by Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) in the Senate, creates a forum to combat and condemn media censorship and the persecution of journalists around the wor… Continue Reading


In Honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the 63rd anniversary the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, or in Hebrew, Yom HaShoah--Day of the Destruction. The "destruction'' is an apt description of the horrific crime that resulted in the deaths of six million Jews and destroyed families and communities across Europe. In remembering the unspeakable horror of the Holocaust, we must recommit ourselves to ensuring that this tragedy never happens again and to fight… Continue Reading


Schiff, Flake, Offer Bipartisan Amendment to Address Concerns Over the President's Domestic Surveillance Program

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ), members of the House Judiciary Committee, will offer an amendment in the House Rules Committee later today to address the President's domestic surveillance program. If the Rules Committee makes the amendment in order, it will be considered on the House Floor tomorrow during debate on the Intelligence Authorization Act (H.R. 5020). "Current law allows the Administration the ability to ensure that all America… Continue Reading


Attorney General Won't Rule Out Warrantless Wiretaps of Purely Domestic Telephone Conversations of Americans

Washington, D.C. - During a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee today, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-CA) questioned Attorney General Alberto Gonzales about the NSA's secret domestic wiretapping program. The Administration has cited the Authorization to Use Military Force and the commander in chief powers as authorizing the NSA to intercept international communications into and out of the U.S. of persons linked to al Qaeda or related terrorist organizations.After citing his concerns that th… Continue Reading


Calling for Active Engagement in Darfur

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 3128, the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act of 2006. Three years ago, the United Nations Security Council declared its grave concern at the widespread human rights violations in Darfur and expressed its determination to do everything possible to halt a humanitarian catastrophe. Since then, at least 300,000 people are estimated to have died in Darfur. Currently, more than 3.5 million Darfurians depend on international aid for survival an… Continue Reading


Schiff Introduces Measure to Hold Nations Accountable for Copyright Piracy

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) today introduced legislation that calls for global action against persistent intellectual property piracy. The measure urges the United States to halt the efforts of Russia to join the World Trade Organization if it does not take concrete steps to crack down on piracy of copyrighted materials. The concurrent resolution also holds China, Mexico, Canada, India and Malaysia responsible for the widespread problem of intellectual property theft. Th… Continue Reading


Schiff, Biggert Introduce Judicial Compensation Bill

Washington, D.C. - Congressional Caucus on the Judicial Branch Co-chairs Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Judy Biggert (R-IL) yesterday introduced legislation to reform the outdated compensation system for federal judges. The goal of the bill, the Federal Judicial Fairness Act of 2006, is to keep highly-qualified, experienced judges from leaving the bench because of current pay inequities.Currently, salary increases for justices and judges are linked with the salaries of Members of Congress. On several … Continue Reading


Balancing the Budget: Getting Past the Smoke and Mirrors

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman from Arkansas (Mr. Ross) for yielding to me. Once more I thank him for leading these Blue Dog hours each week and for the tremendous job he does in trying to balance our budget here in the Nation's Capital, as well as look out for those constituents back in Arkansas. I wanted to join the gentleman from Arkansas and raise a number of concerns with the way that we are handling the Nation's budget, talk about some of the reforms that the Blue D… Continue Reading


Schiff, Flake Introduce Bipartisan bill, the "NSA Oversight Act"

Washington, D.C. - Two members of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ), introduced legislation today to address the NSA's surveillance program.On introducing the NSA Oversight Act, Rep. Schiff stated: "When Congress passed FISA and Title III, it intended to provide the sole authority for surveillance of Americans on American soil. Those acts require court approval for such surveillance, and the FISA court has proved capable of acting e… Continue Reading


Authorizing Innovative Approaches to Reduce Drug Demand

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act, and I was pleased that the House Judiciary Committee adopted two amendments that I offered and that they are part of the base bill. Street drug markets, such as open air drug dealing at the corner and at drug houses, are a serious public safety problem. Often located in poor, minority, and disadvantaged communities, they cause severe harm by easing initiation into drug use, suppor… Continue Reading


Schiff Port Security, Rail Safety Measures Enacted

Washington, D.C. - Several important measures authored by Rep. Schiff became law today when the president signed a comprehensive terrorism prevention bill. The bill, which reauthorized several provisions of the Patriot Act, also included provisions to address seaport security, rail safety, weapons of mass destruction, and methamphetamines."The 9/11 report called for us to be more creative in thinking about the possibility of future terrorist attacks, and I agree that we must act now to address … Continue Reading


Drug Policy Bill Passes House

Washington, D.C. - The House today approved a bill to reauthorize the Office of National Drug Control Policy and included several provisions authored by Rep. Adam Schiff.The first provision authorizes a program aimed at shutting down drug markets by developing strategic local plans to fight illicit drug use. "Our National Drug Control Strategy must encourage innovative approaches to curbing drug use," said Schiff. "Treatment is important, but it is far better to get to the root of the problem … Continue Reading


House Passes Bill to Protect Children and Reduce Crime

Washington, D.C. - The House today passed H.R. 4472, the Children's Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act. This bill includes provisions from several measures that have already seen action by the House, including the Children's Safety Act to get tough on sex offenders, a court protection bill, and a bill to stop gang activity in our communities."There is no greater resource we have than our kids," said Schiff, who is the father of two young children. "The action we are taking today will help … Continue Reading


Schiff Supports U.N. Security Council Efforts to Stop Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent a letter to the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council thanking them for their response to Iran's resumption of nuclear activities and encouraging continued vigilance."Iran's non-compliance with its international commitments must be met by a united international community," said Schiff. "The Security Council must show unity and resolve to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons."The letter thanks China, … Continue Reading


Schiff Sponsors Legislation to Secure Our Borders

Washingtion, D.C. - Today, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), and Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) to introduce legislation in both the House and Senate to criminalize the construction or financing of border tunnels. As a former federal prosecutor who prosecuted drug trafficking and illegal immigrant smuggling, Schiff recognized the need to give prosecutors new tools to fight these crimes. Recently, U.S. border officials found a 2,400 foot tunne… Continue Reading


Schiff Joins in Honoring NAACP

Washington, D.C. - Today the House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on the occasion of its 97th anniversary. The resolution, H.Con.Res. 335, was introduced by Rep. Al Green, a Democrat from Houston, Texas. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) was proud to cosponsor this legislation."For nearly a century, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has worked toward political, educational, social, and eco… Continue Reading


Schiff Votes to Honor Tuskegee Airmen

Washington, D.C. -- Today, the House of Representatives passed a bill to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on the Tuskegee Airmen for their patriotism and sacrifices for our nation. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) was an original co-sponsor of this legislation.In July 1941, thirteen young Americans began military flight training at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Tuskegee, Alabama. Five of those thirteen young men completed training and received their Army Air Corps silver pilot wings, becoming … Continue Reading

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