Schiff champions Giffords' strength

January 13, 2011

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) said this week that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is tough and resilient and may be able to overcome the horrific injury she endured when she was shot in the head at a Tucson shopping center Saturday. Tucson resident Jared Loughner, 22, is accused of opening fire on a crowd during a public gathering sponsored by Giffords, killing six and wounding 13.

Schiff and Giffords are members of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative Democrats. The two also have worked together on issues related to the National Aeronautics and Space Agency. NASA operates the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is in Schiff's congressional district. Giffords is married to astronaut Mark Kelly and in the last Congress chaired the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science and Technology.

"Gabby and I worked on NASA issues together, sometimes on opposite sides," Schiff said. "I have great respect for her. She is smart and tenacious, and she will need every bit of that tenacity to overcome this wound. If anybody can do it, she can."


House shake-up displaces Sherman

With Republicans gaining a majority in the House of Representatives, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) says he will soon have to give up chairmanship of one of his subcommittees.

"I'm faced with choosing whether to be the number one Democrat on a subcommittee of the Financial Services Committee or a subcommittee of Foreign Affairs," Sherman said.

Sherman said the dust is still settling on committee assignments, but that he is most likely to keep his spot as ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. "Those are very important issues," Sherman said.

He said he will remain a member, though likely not the ranking member, of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises.

Schiff revisits crime initiatives

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) met with Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Monday, sketching out plans for legislation that might emerge from the House Judiciary Committee, of which Schiff is a member.

Schiff said he plans to continue with two initiatives he has backed in the past. One is to expand use of DNA testing in the criminal justice system. Last year, Schiff helped find $2 million to fund a DNA lab to serve Glendale and nearby cities.

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