Press Releases

05.17.18

Reps. Takano and Bonamici Raise Concerns about Conflict of Interest at the Office of Federal Student Aid

Washington, D.C. - Today, Reps. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), and two other Democrats sent a letter to Department of Education General Counsel Edward Muniz to inquire about the ethics and standards of conduct within the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA). The Office of Federal Student Aid releases billions of dollars in student aid each year. Since the majority of employees at FSA are career staff, they are not required to sign the ethics pledges that President Trump's po… Continue Reading


04.26.18

Rep. Takano Statement on Dr. Ronny Jackson

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), the vice ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after Dr. Ronny Jackson withdrew from consideration as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. "Given the serious allegations of misconduct - in addition to his lack of management experience- it is clear that Dr. Jackson made the right decision by withdrawing from consideration as the next VA Secretary. "In terms of both the size of its … Continue Reading


04.26.18

GAO Report: Shadowy Industry is Manipulating Student Loan Borrowers, Default Rates

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report - commissioned by Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) - revealing how the little-known but increasingly harmful "default management industry" is using misleading information, coercion, and even $25 gift cards to manipulate student loan default rates. In response to the report's findings, Mr. Takano and Ms. DeLauro joined the GAO in calling for improvements to the Cohort Default Rate (CD… Continue Reading


04.13.18

Rep. Takano Statement on U.S. Military Strike in Syria

Riverside, Calif. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), the vice ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after President Trump ordered military strikes in response to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against civilians. "President Bashar Al-Assad must be held accountable for his use of chemical weapons against civilians. However, President Trump's decision to use military force in Syria without a coherent strategy and witho… Continue Reading


03.28.18

Rep. Takano Statement on Firing of Secretary Shulkin

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), the vice ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after President Trump fired VA Secretary David Shulkin. "Secretary David Shulkin was fired because he refused to implement a radical plan - pushed by the Koch brothers - to force millions of veterans into the for-profit health care system. I appreciate Dr. Shulkin's service to the country and I am deeply concerned about what his dismissal means … Continue Reading


03.27.18

Rep. Takano: Census is Not a Tool for Political Gain

Riverside, Calif. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), a member of the House Census Caucus, released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census. "The Constitution clearly states that the goal of the decennial census is to provide an accurate count of people living in the United States. By adding a citizenship question, the Trump administration is purposefully undermining that goal in order to intimidate minority and … Continue Reading


03.23.18

Rep. Takano: Trump's Ban on Trans Servicemembers is a Disgrace

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), the first openly gay Member of Congress elected in California, released the following statement in response to President Trump's decision to reissue a ban on transgender people serving in the military. "President Trump's decision to reissue a ban on transgender servicemembers is a disgrace to the office he holds and the country he took an oath to protect. Any person who has the courage and patriotism to serve a nation at war should receive our un… Continue Reading


03.22.18

Rep. Takano Opposes Omnibus Spending Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after voting against the omnibus spending bill, which passed the House this afternoon. "Just 16 hours after it was released, Speaker Paul Ryan asked Members of Congress to support a 2,000-page bill that spends $1.3 trillion in taxpayer dollars. Even worse, he asked Members to support the bill without allowing a vote on the fate of Dreamers, without allowing a debate on the continued expansion of military com… Continue Reading


03.20.18

Announcing the First Annual International Chart Day

Today, Tumblr and the Society for News Design, in collaboration with the office of Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41) announced the first annual "International Chart Day," to take place on April 26th. Charts and other variations of information graphics have been around for hundreds of years, and are an important tool for making complex information easier to understand. The growing debate over "fake news" is only going to increase the importance of the chart in dispelling untruths and countering i… Continue Reading


03.14.18

Rep. Takano Challenges For-Profit Colleges to Support Protections for Students and Taxpayers

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), a public school teacher for 24 years and a community college trustee for two decades, challenged the for-profit education industry today to support the Department of Education's existing Gainful Employment and Borrower Defense rules. The Obama-era rules, which are aimed at protecting students and taxpayers from fraudulent for-profit colleges, are being revised and weakened by the Trump administration. Rep. Takano issued the challenge at a meeting… Continue Reading


03.12.18

GOP Education Platform: Train Teachers to Fire Weapons, Not to Teach Students

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), a public school teacher for 24 years, released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's proposal to offer "rigorous firearms training" to teachers. The proposal comes just four months after House Republicansadvanced a Higher Education Act reauthorization bill that eliminates funding for teacher training and loan forgiveness programs that help recruit and support educators. "The Trump administration's proposal to offer 'rig… Continue Reading


03.09.18

Education Department Betrays Students…Again

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to the Department of Education's "notice of interpretation" that exempts federal student loan servicers from state regulation. "The Trump administration's attempt to block states from holding unethical student loan companies accountable is a disgraceful escalation of its attack on students and the integrity of the higher education system. At a time when 42 million Americans owe roughly $1.4 trillion in f… Continue Reading


03.07.18

Rep. Takano: 6th Circuit Delivers Another Landmark Victory for LGBT Rights

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), the first openly gay Member of Congress elected in the state of California and the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, released the following statement in response to a ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes. The court found that LGBT workplace discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. "For the second time in two weeks, a federal court has f… Continue Reading


03.06.18

Rep. Takano: President Trump Must Choose Between Veterans and Billionaires

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), vice ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after a joint House and Senate Veterans Committee hearing on the legislative priorities of key veterans service organizations. "Today, multiple veterans service organizations once again expressed the importance of a strong and sustainable VA health care system that can provide veterans the quality of care they deserve. The question is: Will President … Continue Reading


03.05.18

Rep. Takano Donates Pizzas to Striking West Virginia Teachers

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), a public-school teacher for 24 years, made a $100 donation today to buy pizzas for the West Virginia teachers striking for a living wage and to express his support for increasing wages for teachers across the country. "I know from experience that teaching is one of the most meaningful and difficult jobs imaginable," said Rep. Takano. "A teacher's salary will never reflect their impact on our communities and no teacher joins the profession in sea… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Rep. Takano Slams Proposal to Shield Unethical Student-Loan Debt Collectors from Accountability

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to reports that the Department of Education is moving forward with plans to issue a rule blocking states from regulating unethical student-loan debt collectors. "When a company deceives a student about their student loan options, it puts that student's financial and educational future in jeopardy. That is why dozens of states, including my home state of California, have taken action to protect students f… Continue Reading


02.26.18

Rep. Takano Statement on Court Ruling in LGBT Workplace Discrimination Case

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), the first openly gay Member of Congress elected in the state of California, released the following statement regarding a ruling by the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc. The court found that LGBT workplace discrimination violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964. "In spite of the progress we've made toward LGBT equality, it is still possible for LGBT employees to get married on Saturday, post pictures on Sunday, a… Continue Reading


02.09.18

Rep. Takano Statement on Budget Deal

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement regarding the budget agreement, which President Trump signed into law this morning. "The budget agreement that President Trump signed into law this morning contains many provisions that I support. Securing a decade of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, increasing support for Community Health Centers, and lifting the 'sequester caps' that have strangled domestic spending for several years are amo… Continue Reading


02.02.18

Rep. Takano Statement on Release of “Nunes Memo”

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, with support from the Trump administration, declassified and published a misleading, incomplete, and partisan memo attacking the FBI and Justice Department's investigation into the Trump campaign's connection to Russian interference in the 2016 election. "The decision by House Republicans and the Trump administration to published the 'Nunes memo' is an … Continue Reading


02.01.18

Rep. Takano: DOL Must Withdraw Proposed Tip Rule

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Committee on Workforce Protections, called on the Department of Labor (DOL) to withdraw its proposed tip pooling rule, which would allow employers to pocket or redistribute the tips earned by workers. This morning, a Bloomberg BNA report revealed that senior DOL officials hid an internal economic analysis that found the rule would cost workers billions of dollars in tips. "The Department of Labor's decision to hide an … Continue Reading

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