Press Releases


Rep. Schiff Statement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) issued the following statement: When I announced my opposition to Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation last year, I made it clear that for any trade deal to earn my support, I must be confident that it will address the already historic and growing income inequality in America -- not make matters worse. I have always accepted the premise that expanded trade, if fair, would increase our economic growth. But if that increased prosperity accru… Continue Reading


Reps. Schiff and Brownley to Host Town Halls to Discuss Legislation to Expand and Preserve Rim of the Valley Corridor

Los Angeles, CA - On Tuesday, March 8, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) will host a town hall event in Los Angeles, and another town hall along with Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) in Oak Park on Wednesday, March 9. The town halls will allow constituents, advocates and homeowners to discuss the final report on the Rim of the Valley Corridor Special Resources Study which examined the possibility of expanding the boundary of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) to include… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Applauds Park Service Releasing Final Rim of the Valley Report – Recommends Adding 170,000 Acres to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Washington, DC - Today, the National Park Service (NPS) released its final report on the Rim of the Valley Corridor Special Resources Study, which examined the possibility of expanding the boundary of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) to include the Rim of the Valley Corridor. The report recommends a significant expansion of the existing recreation area, and has been delivered to Congress and the public. After legislation sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) passed i… Continue Reading


Momentum Builds as Rep. Schiff Announces $8.2 Million for West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System Included in President’s Budget

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that President Obama included $8.2 million for the West Coast Earthquake Early Warning system in his Fiscal Year 2017 budget released this week, a significant increase from last year's budget - a $5 million request - and further recognition of the importance of the West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System. The Earthquake Early Warning system is being developed by Caltech, UC-Berkeley and the University of Washington in conjunction … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Applauds White House Announcement of New Resources and Support for Earthquake Early Warning System

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who helped last year to secure $8.2 million in the FY 2016 funding bill specifically designated for a West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System and $5 million the previous year, released the following statement before the start of the White House Earthquake Resilience Summit which he will participate in: "The West Coast is due for another earthquake, and the question is not if, but when, the next big one will hit," said Schiff. "When it does, it… Continue Reading


Schiff and Blumenthal Introduce Legislation to Give Gun Victims Their Day in Court and End Gun Industry’s Liability Shield

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced legislation - the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act - to ensure that the victims of gun violence are allowed to have their day in court and that the gun industry - manufacturers, sellers and interest groups - is not shielded from liability when it acts with negligence and disregard for public safety. The bill would repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). … Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Seeks Nominations for 2016 Woman of the Year Award

Burbank, CA - Every March, in recognition of Women's History Month, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) honors outstanding women from the communities of the 28th Congressional District. Rep. Schiff invites nominations from anyone residing in the district, which includes the cities and communities of Atwater Village, Burbank, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Glendale, Griffith Park, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Los Feliz, Montrose, Pasadena, Shadow Hi… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Announces Extension of Lautenberg Amendment for Iranian Religious Minorities Fleeing Persecution Included in Omnibus

Washington, D.C. - Congress included a one-year extension of a program to assist Iranian religious minorities fleeing persecution in the FY 2016 omnibus spending bill as the result of a bipartisan effort led by Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Trent Franks (R-AZ). The bill was signed into law by President Obama this week. Commonly referred to as the "Lautenberg Amendment," the provision extends a program established by the State Department and the government of Austria to provide a safe… Continue Reading


Rep. Adam Schiff Announces Major Funding Increase for West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System of $8.2 Million

Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank, CA) announced that Congress has included $8.2 million in the FY 2016 funding bill specifically designated for a West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System. The $8.2 million is a substantial increase over what the President requested in his budget and is a great victory for California and the West Coast. Congress included funds allocated for the system in a spending bill for the first time last year at $5 million. The Earthquake Early… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Announces Annual Congressional Student STEM Challenge

Burbank, CA -Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced the start of the annual congressional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) academic competition, the Congressional App Challenge, for the 28th Congressional District. The competition aims to foster an early interest and engagement in STEM education and technology by challenging students to develop an application ("app"). Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is part of a nationwide event… Continue Reading


Intel Committee Ranking Member Schiff Statement on San Bernardino Mass Shooting

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement: "This morning, I was briefed by the FBI on the investigation into the mass shooting in San Bernardino. They are conducting a thorough investigation into the suspects to determine the motive for this attack and whether there is any connection to a terrorist organization or evidence of domestic radicalization. At this point it is too early to… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Introduces Legislation to Protect Children From Predators by Requiring Criminal Background Checks

Washington, DC - Every year, thousands of youth recreation programs are a vulnerable target for child predators who hope to gain access to their next victims under the guise of seeking employment or volunteer opportunities. In as many as 34 states, child-serving organizations do not have reliable access to both state and national FBI fingerprint-based background checks -- the gold standard for criminal background checks - because access to the FBI system is often limited, unreasonably time-consu… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Statement on Bill to Halt Syrian Refugee Program

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after voting against H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act: "Concerns about security after the nightmare we saw in Paris are understandable, and safety must come first. As the Ranking Member on the Intelligence Committee, I continually review the dangers facing the country and our vulnerabilities and what I can say is this: There are persistent… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Responds to SeaWorld Decision to Phase Out Orca Shows in San Diego

Los Angeles - On Monday, November 9, 2015 Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) responded to SeaWorld's announcement that their San Diego park will phase out killer whale shows: "The decision by SeaWorld to phase out killer whale shows in San Diego is a welcome step along the path towards ending the captivity of these magnificent creatures," said Schiff. "Much more needs to be done, however, and I would urge the company to curtail the breeding of their orcas and partner in the creation of ocean sanctua… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff to Introduce ORCA Act to Phase Out Display of Captive Killer Whales

Los Angeles, CA - At a press conference on Friday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that he will introduce the Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement (ORCA) Act. This landmark legislation would phase out the captivity of orcas so that their display ends with this generation. Specifically, it would prohibit the breeding, the taking (wild capture), and the import or export of orcas for the purposes of public display. This legislation will also allow for the orderly phasing out of the display o… Continue Reading


Over Sixty Members of Congress Urge Obama Administration to Extend Humanitarian Parole to 20,000 Syrians

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Dan Donovan (R-NY), along with sixty other Members of Congress, sent a letter to President Obama urging the Administration to move quickly to grant humanitarian parole to those who have already-approved immigrant petitions and family in the United States. Establishment of a parole program would provide emergency relief to more than 7,000 Syrian families - or an estimated 20,000 individual men, women and children - that have already passed ini… Continue Reading


Thirty-Six Members of Congress Urge Administration to Robustly Fund Earthquake Early Warning System

Washington, D.C. - Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA), along with 34 Members of Congress, urged President Obama and the White House's Office of Management and Budget, to increase the funding level for earthquake hazards programs in their 2017 budget request and more specifically, to provide $16.1 million dollars in funding for an on-shore Earthquake Early Warning System being developed by scientists in Southern California and along the West Coast. Such an early warning syst… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Urges House Leadership to Not Grant Any Blanket Extensions to Implementation of Positive Train Control

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Schiff (D-CA) sent a letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) asking them to ensure that Congress does not provide any more blanket extensions to the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC), predictive collision-avoidance technology which can override an operator to prevent train collisions and save lives. The technology consists of GPS signals and wayside devices that can detect una… Continue Reading


Members of Congress to TSA – Reform Screening Procedures for Transgender Passengers

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Brian Higgins (D-NY) along with twenty-nine other congressional colleagues sent a letter to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administration Peter Neffenger urging changes in the way that the agency screens transgender passengers. The letter comes on the heels of reports of a transgender traveler, Shadi Petosky, being detained and put through inappropriate airport security screening procedures by Transportatio… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff and Thirty-Five Members of Congress Nominate Pope Francis for 2016 Nobel Peace Prize

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) along with thirty five of his colleagues sent a letter to the Nobel Committee to nominate Pope Francis as the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. The letter, which was circulated to Members before His Holiness' address to Congress on Thursday, highlights the Pope's commitment to peace, his leadership in taking on the challenges facing our planet, and his courageous stand for human rights, his pleas on behalf of refugees, and his condemnation of all g… Continue Reading

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