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April 19, 2013
Don't cut planetary science funding, members of Congress urged NASA on Friday. In a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden , Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), urged the space agency to maintain funding levels for missions to Mars and the outer planets that were allocated by Congress this spring -- and not to react to budget pressures by making disproportionate cuts to the science budget. "While we fully understand that the funding levels ... are subject to change to reflect across-the-board and sequester cuts, we expect that the balance among programs will remain consistent with the structure directed by Congress," they wrote.
NEWS
November 11, 2010
A divided Congress will collide in 2011 Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) is bracing for rough seas when Congress convenes in January. With a Republican majority looking to reverse key Obama administration policies, Sherman said he foresees several clashes. "I expect it to be contentious," Sherman said on election night, as he breezed past Republican opponent Mark Reed to earn his eighth term representing the west San Fernando Valley. "I think one of the first problems will be in February or March," he said.
NEWS
June 20, 2012
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Wednesday condemned a House committee's vote to hold Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena for documents in a gun-tracking case. In a statement released by his office following the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's vote -- which fell along strict party lines, with the 23 Republicans voting in favor and 17 Democrats opposed -- Schiff said use of Congress' contempt power should be "jealously guarded," otherwise "it becomes nothing more than a rhetorical tool of partisan warfare and a paper tiger.
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By Lindsay Soderlund | December 26, 2008
Regarding “Congress to receive pay raises,” Saturday: Should Congress receive a pay raise? Absolutely not! In the real world, raises are given to those workers who have done a good job, and you, Congress, do not qualify. Other than the “newbies” to Congress, the recession/depression this country finds itself in happened under your watch. In the real world, you would all be fired. You certainly wouldn’t be getting a raise. How dare Congress shut down when this latest financial catastrophe was occurring, that being a bridge loan for the Big Three?
NEWS
November 5, 2008
PRESIDENT VOTES % Bob Barr (L) 13,214 0.5 Alan Keyes (AI) 29,728 0.3 Cynthia McKinney (GR) 27,855 0.2 John McCain (R) 3,730,119 37 Ralph Nader (PF) 79,037 0.8 Barack Obama (D) 6,172,303 61.2       CONGRESS 26TH DISTRICT VOTES % Ted Brown (L)
NEWS
October 30, 2000
Rep. James Rogan knew a long time ago the position of the president and the State Department regarding the pending Armenian Genocide Resolution bill in Congress. He knew they were against it because it could harm U.S.-Turkish relations. Rogan knew a long time ago how Turkey was applying every kind of pressure and threatening to take retaliatory actions against the U.S. if the resolution passed. All of a sudden, he realized it will be unpatriotic to go ahead with the bill's introduction in Congress.
NEWS
March 12, 2003
Schiff receives national parks award GLENDALE -- An award for members of Congress who work to promote conservation has been given to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Glendale). The award was given to Schiff by the National Parks Conservation Assn., which partners with the federal government and local groups with a goal of preserving the nation's park system. The award is based on legislators' voting records on bills, which the association deems significant to the park system.
NEWS
May 3, 2013
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and nearly a dozen other members of Congress this week asked for an update from the Department of Defense on sending surplus military aircraft to the U.S. Forest Service, aircraft that could assist in fighting wildfires. Congress had made the allocation for the transfer in its 2013 military spending plan after the Air Force indicated it was planning to get rid of the C-27J transport aircraft, which could be used as a support platform in fighting forest fires.
NEWS
October 23, 2002
Janine Marnien Giving President George W. Bush power to use military force preemptively against Iraq was an unconstitutional move by Congress, panelists at a forum hosted by St. Bede Parish Center said. The decision, passed by the House of Representatives on Oct. 10 and by the Senate on Oct. 11, is not in keeping with the constitutional spirit of separation of powers, panelist Allan Ides told a crowd of about 50 people Monday night at the church.
FEATURES
November 23, 2009
I have been reading all of the interesting letters regarding health-care reform. One recent writer talks about how inferior our system is compared to health care in the U.K. Apparently she is unaware of where so many of the wonderful advances in medicine come from — they come from right here in America! These advances save lives, not just here, but all over the world. These discoveries have cost countless billions of dollars, much of it funded by the charitable generosity of Americans!
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NEWS
May 3, 2013
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and nearly a dozen other members of Congress this week asked for an update from the Department of Defense on sending surplus military aircraft to the U.S. Forest Service, aircraft that could assist in fighting wildfires. Congress had made the allocation for the transfer in its 2013 military spending plan after the Air Force indicated it was planning to get rid of the C-27J transport aircraft, which could be used as a support platform in fighting forest fires.
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NEWS
April 19, 2013
Don't cut planetary science funding, members of Congress urged NASA on Friday. In a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden , Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), urged the space agency to maintain funding levels for missions to Mars and the outer planets that were allocated by Congress this spring -- and not to react to budget pressures by making disproportionate cuts to the science budget. "While we fully understand that the funding levels ... are subject to change to reflect across-the-board and sequester cuts, we expect that the balance among programs will remain consistent with the structure directed by Congress," they wrote.
NEWS
July 3, 2012
Although the media has been saturated with analysis and commentary from all directions about the recent Supreme Court ruling on “Obamacare,” there seems to be one thing missing in all this - why has the public debate about this legislation and President Obama's strong support of it been inundated with such anger and vitriol, bordering on hate? This is both distressing and depressing for me. The approval of healthcare legislation was a miracle considering the strong, diverse and often vehemently expressed opinions and also the general dysfunction of Congress.
NEWS
June 20, 2012
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Wednesday condemned a House committee's vote to hold Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena for documents in a gun-tracking case. In a statement released by his office following the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's vote -- which fell along strict party lines, with the 23 Republicans voting in favor and 17 Democrats opposed -- Schiff said use of Congress' contempt power should be "jealously guarded," otherwise "it becomes nothing more than a rhetorical tool of partisan warfare and a paper tiger.
NEWS
February 14, 2012
The Obama administration, which has been urging California to push through growing opposition to its bullet train project, asked Congress on Monday for nearly $35 billion in passenger rail funding over the next five years. The request in its fiscal 2013 budget includes $1 billion for next year and nearly $8 billion in 2018, a massive funding plan that faces difficult odds of getting through Congress. Last year, the Republican-controlled House and even the Democratic-led Senate slashed a similar request and left no new money for any high-speed rail project.
NEWS
November 18, 2011
The U.S. Senate approved a package of legislation Thursday night that eliminates future funding for high-speed rail projects, including the California bullet train. The vote, coming after a similar vote in the House of Representatives, leaves the future of the ambitious state project to create a new rail system from Southern California to the Bay Area uncertain. The state has less than 15% of the funds needed for the $98.5-billion project. Gov. Jerry Brown said last week that he will launch the project next year despite the prospect of a federal funding cutoff, using only the money the state has in hand.
NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | September 21, 2011
Federal funding cuts continue to impact the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, where 40 workers were laid off last week, the latest notch in a prolonged period of cutbacks for the agency. It was the second round of layoffs this year for NASA's JPL, which cut its workforce by 250 people in February and March, agency spokeswoman Veronica McGregor said. The latest round of layoffs affected the business and facilities divisions, McGregor said. No science or research jobs were affected, she added.
NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | June 3, 2011
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) is one of the most outspoken critics of President Obama over the White House's failure to seek congressional approval for the United States' role in air attacks on Libya. The attacks started on March 19. The War Powers Act, passed in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, requires the president to seek the approval of Congress within 60 days of committing U.S. troops to combat. White House officials have said they are meeting the separate requirement of conferring with Congress about use of the military, and the president has said repeatedly the role in Libya is limited and will not involve ground troops.
NEWS
January 12, 2011
The 111th Congress held its lame-duck session until Christmas to wrap up unfinished business before Democrats ceded control of the House of Representatives to the Republicans. But the business it failed to address is a most fundamental one. Up until the last hours, there was hope that Reps. Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman, Howard Berman, Frank Pallone, Chris Van Hollen and other lawmakers were going to successfully bring House Resolution 252, the Armenian Genocide bill, to a floor vote.
NEWS
November 11, 2010
A divided Congress will collide in 2011 Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) is bracing for rough seas when Congress convenes in January. With a Republican majority looking to reverse key Obama administration policies, Sherman said he foresees several clashes. "I expect it to be contentious," Sherman said on election night, as he breezed past Republican opponent Mark Reed to earn his eighth term representing the west San Fernando Valley. "I think one of the first problems will be in February or March," he said.
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