Press Releases


Condemning the Terrorist Attacks in Jordan

Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of House Resolution 546 and yield myself such time as I may consume.I first want to thank the gentlewoman from Florida (Ms. Ros-Lehtinen), the chairwoman for the Subcommittee on Middle East and Central Asia, for offering this important and timely resolution.I would also like to acknowledge my friend and ranking member of the Middle East Subcommittee, the gentleman from New York (Mr. Ackerman), for his role in the crafting of the measure.Mr. Speaker, 1 week a… Continue Reading


Schiff Asks IRS for Answers in All Saints Episcopal Church Investigation

Earlier today, Congressman Adam Schiff sent the following letter to Treasury Secretary John W. Snow and IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson:Dear Secretary Snow and Commissioner Everson,I am concerned about a troubling report in the Los Angeles Times regarding a June 9, 2005 letter from the IRS to All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena indicating that the church is at risk of losing its tax-exempt status based on a sermon delivered on October 31, 2004 by former rector Rev. George F. Regas. I do no… Continue Reading


In Recognition of All Veterans Who Have Served

Mr. Speaker, this week we honor our Nation's veterans--not just the thousands who have risked their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the millions more who over the years have answered the call to arms and served as a member of the United States Armed Forces.Since the founding of this Nation, Americans have battled courageously to protect the helpless, defeat despots and spread the cause of freedom to every corner of the globe. Most of the men and women who served in World War I are no long… Continue Reading


Congress Supports Key Elements of Schiff's Kids First Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC - Later today, the House is expected to pass legislation that includes key support for Congressman Adam Schiff's "Kids First" agenda of initiatives to improve education, safety, and health care for our children. Several local organizations will receive support:• Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) - Pediatric Cancer Research. Funds will provide support for ongoing research at CHLA that is focused on the proteins that malfunction in cancer and other childhood diseases. "Ch… Continue Reading


Funding the Important Work of the Jet Propulsion

Madam Speaker, from the dawn of civilization, man has peered out into the heavens and dreamt of exploring the vast expanses of our universe. During the past half century, from America's first satellite, the grapefruit-sized Explorer I, to the International Space Station now being built 200 miles above us, human beings have begun to learn how to operate in the harsh environs of space.Our unmanned space probes--from the Ranger and Surveyor craft that paved the way for Apollo to the Voyager spa… Continue Reading


Asian Business Provision Passes House

WASHINGTON, DC - Several Asian business owners reported problems at California ports after their legal merchandise was held for inspection for prolonged periods of time. Congressman Adam Schiff and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard met with FDA inspectors, explained the concerns of the business owners and called for improvements to inspection practices. As a result of these meetings the House of Representatives passed a provision that directs the FDA to work closely with and be more responsi… Continue Reading


Supporting Our Foreign Policy Priorities

Mr. Speaker, I strongly support the conference report and congratulate the Chair and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations for their leadership in crafting this important legislation and for their work in ensuring that crucial national security priorities are appropriately funded.Even as our troops are still engaged in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, new challenges to our Nation's security and diplomatic interests are emerging. This bill does a good job of meeting these ch… Continue Reading


Passport to Homeownership: A First-Time Homebuyer Fair

When: Saturday, November 12, 2005Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.Where: Almansor Court 700 South Almansor Street in AlhambraWho: Congressman Adam Schiff, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, representatives from the City of Alhambra, the State of California, mortgage lenders, realtors, and first-time homebuyer organizationsJoin us for this free event to learn about programs designed to help you prepare for that first home purchase. Representatives will discuss:Special assistance pr… Continue Reading


Court Security Bill Passes Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Federal, state and local judges are facing greater threats, from the deadly attacks inside an Atlanta courtroom to the horrible murder of Chicago Federal Judge Lefkow's family. In response to these and other horrific incidents the House Judiciary Committee passed the "Secure Access to Justice and Court Protection Act of 2005," a bill that increases protections for judges and other officers of the court. The bill included two provisions offered by Congressman Schiff:Provides G… Continue Reading


Condemning Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Threats Against Israel

Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding me time.Mr. Speaker, anyone who held out hope that despite his reputation as a hard liner that Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, would adopt a more statesmanlike posture in office, has been bitterly, tragically, and unequivocally set straight. The Iranian dictator has instead chosen the role of international outlaw.With his remarks 2 days ago that Israel must be wiped off the map, the Iranian strongman showed utter disregard for human … Continue Reading


Schiff Statement on Harriet Miers

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Adam Schiff made the following statement:"Significant questions have been raised about the strength of Harriet Miers' background and qualifications for the Supreme Court. Nonetheless, she deserved a fair hearing and should not have been forced to withdraw her nomination prior to confirmation proceedings. The inconsistent and often problematic manner in which the White House defended her nomination contributed to its failure, as did the increasingly poisonous cl… Continue Reading


House Passes Schiff Resolution Congratulating Israel on New U.N. Role

WASHINGTON, DC - The House passed a resolution today (H. Res. 368) congratulating Israel on the election of its UN Ambassador, Dan Gillerman, as a Vice-President of the United Nations General Assembly. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced the resolution in July, with Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH), Vice-Chairman of the Middle East and Central Asia Subcommittee.Gillerman is the first Israeli to be elected to that post in over five decades. The only other Israeli was Abba Eban, who held th… Continue Reading


Schiff Offers Frivolous Lawsuit Abuse Amendment

Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.I rise today to offer an amendment in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 420, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2005, with the gentleman from Wisconsin (Mr. Kind).I thank the Rules Committee for affording us this opportunity to offer and debate our substitute amendment on the floor today.Mr. Chairman, the base bill certainly has an important and worthy stated goal of cracking down on the filing of frivolous lawsuits. As a former Federal pr… Continue Reading


Mourning the Loss of Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of Ms. Rosa Parks who died on October 24, 2005 at the age of 92.In 1955, Rosa Parks was a seamstress, housekeeper and volunteer at the local NAACP chapter in Montgomery, Alabama. One winter evening, the 42-year-old was riding a city bus home after a long day of work. Rather than give up her seat to a white person, she chose to be arrested, setting off a 381-day boycott of the bus system organized by a young Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her simple act o… Continue Reading


Schiff Mourns the Loss of Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) had the following statement on the passing of Civil Rights Icon, Rosa Parks:"I rise today to honor the life of Ms. Rosa Parks who died on October 24, 2005 at the age of 92.""In 1955, Rosa Parks was a seamstress, housekeeper and volunteer at the local NAACP chapter in Montgomery, Alabama. One winter evening, the 42-year-old was riding a city bus home after a long day of work. Rather than give up her seat to a white person, she chose t… Continue Reading


Information and Resources for Victims of the California Wildfires

Our hearts go out to those in our Southern California community whose lives and property have been devastated by the California wildfires. Below are links to websites that provide up-to-date fire information, ways in which Californians can provide assistance, and where help for victims can be found. Victims HotlineToll-free registration for disaster victims.1-800-621-FEMA1-800-462-7585 (TTD) ResourcesReceive help and guidance from various federal, state and local agencies.Federal EmergencyMan… Continue Reading


Hurricane Katrina Unearths the Disastrous Fiscal State of Our Country

Mr. Speaker, almost a year ago, I spoke on this House floor warning of the dangers posed by the latest effort of the majority party to raise the debt limit for the third time during this administration to a whopping $8.18 trillion.I used the occasion to contrast the fiscal policies of the Clinton administration, namely, turning the largest budget deficits in history to the largest budget surpluses in history, with the fiscal policies of the current administration. However, my protestations and t… Continue Reading


Dreier, Schiff Introduces "Justice for Peace Officiers Act"

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman David Dreier (R-CA), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, and Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced an updated version of the Peace Officer Justice Act today. The new bill, the Justice for Peace Officers Act incorporates changes suggested by the law enforcement community. The new legislation will still make it a federal crime to murder a peace officer and flee the country, but it also includes increased penalties and … Continue Reading


On the Introduction of the Fostering Our Future Act

Mr. Speaker, last week I introduced the Fostering Our Future Act of 2005, 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 drastic reform and greater support. Twenty percent of all foster kids will be forced to wait over 5 years for a safe, permanent family. Even worse, almost 20,000 older youth age out of … Continue Reading


Schiff Armenian Genocide Resolution Passed by Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - For the first time in five years, the House International Relations Committee passed Armenian Genocide legislation (H. Con. Res. 195 and H. Res. 316) clearing the way for a historic vote on the House Floor. In June, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) secured a commitment for today's mark-up from House International Relations Committee Chairman Henry Hyde (R-IL). A mark-up is the final hurdle a bill must pass before a vote by the full House of Representatives is possible. The Schif… Continue Reading

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