Press Releases


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


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


Schiff is Original Coauthor of Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Computer Crimes and Ensure Data Security

Washington DC - Representative Adam Schiff today announced that he has joined in introducing bipartisan legislation that would better combat cyber crime and protect data security. In an era of increasingly sophisticated computer technology, the "Cyber-Security Enhancement and Consumer Data Protection Act of 2006" (H.R. 5318) would provide better data security protections for both individuals and businesses and give to law enforcement the tools they need to successfully track and prosecute cybe… Continue Reading


Schiff, Biggert Host Meeting with Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr.

Washington, D.C. - Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Judy Biggert (R-IL), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on the Judicial Branch, today hosted a meeting for House members with Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr. and James C. Duff, who will shortly take over as the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The meeting was part of an ongoing effort by the Caucus to improve the relationship between the legislative and judicial branches of our federal g… Continue Reading


Schiff Amendment to Address the Threat Posed by Improvised Explosive Devices Passes in the House

Washington DC - The House today unanimously approved Representative Adam Schiff's (D-CA) amendment to require the Secretary of Defense to submit quarterly reports to Congress regarding the threat posed by IEDs and the efforts being undertaken to eliminate such a threat as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5122). Rep. Schiff introduced the amendment in reaction to continuing news reports dating back to the beginning of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan that have highlight… Continue Reading


Protecting Our Troops from IEDs

Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Chairman, I want to thank the chairman and the ranking member for working with me on this amendment, and I in particular want to thank you for all of your diligence in making sure that we have the best equipment and that the Pentagon is doing everything else possible to interdict and to defend against these improvised explosive devices. We have all been to the funerals of our constituents that were lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of them have been lost through improvised explo… Continue Reading


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

Showing page   of 48