Press Releases

08.16.17

Rep. Takano Statement on “Forever GI Bill” Signing

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), vice ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, commonly known as the "Forever GI Bill," was signed into law. "Every veteran who serves this nation deserves an opportunity to live a rewarding, purposeful, and prosperous civilian life. The Forever GI Bill secures that opportunity for generations of future veterans and exp… Continue Reading


08.01.17

Rep. Takano Statement on Anti-Semitic Sermon

Riverside, Calif. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement condemning the anti-Semitic comments made by Imam Mahmoud Harmoush during a recent sermon at the Islamic Center of Riverside. "The comments made by Imam Mahmoud Harmoush are dangerous, offensive, and entirely inconsistent with the tolerant and respectful views routinely expressed by local Muslim leaders. Trust and respect between diverse communities is fundamental to overcoming the religious, cultural, and p… Continue Reading


08.01.17

Rep. Takano Statement on VA Inspector General Report Linking VA Choice Program to Increased Risk of Opioid Addiction

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), vice ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, issued the following statement after a Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General report found that veterans receiving non-VA care through the VA Choice program faced greater risk of opioid addiction. "The Inspector General's report identifying increased risk of opioid addiction for veterans receiving non-VA care through the Choice program requires immediate action from … Continue Reading


08.01.17

Rep. Takano Statement on Clinical Assessment Program (CAP) Review of Loma Linda VA

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), vice ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, issued the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs released its Clinical Assessment Program (CAP) Review of the Loma Linda VA. "The Department of Veterans Affairs' CAP Review of the Loma Linda VA health system is encouraging in some critical areas but reflects significant room for improvement in others. Its finding that facilities within the Loma Linda VA … Continue Reading


07.28.17

Rep. Takano Statement on VA Choice Extension

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), vice ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after the House passed a short-term funding patch for the VA Choice Program, which included provisions to help the VA solve critical workforce challenges. "The VA Choice funding extension passed in the House today is critical to preventing unacceptable disruptions in veterans' care. It also includes important investments in the Department of Ve… Continue Reading


07.27.17

Rep. Takano Statement on Joint Employer Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, released the following statement in response to legislation introduced in the House to redefine the joint employer standard. "The joint employer standard under the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act prevents employers from outsourcing accountability for complying with workplace laws. The legislation introduced today weakens that standard and it weakens America… Continue Reading


07.26.17

Rep. Takano Statement on Transgender Military Ban

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), vice ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement in response to President Trump's announcement that he will ban transgender Americans from military service. "President Trump's decision to kick transgender service members out of the military reflects no understanding or appreciation for the sacrifices made by those who serve. Every American who is willing to risk their life to defend our freedom des… Continue Reading


07.25.17

Rep. Takano: Overtime Rule Needs to Be Implemented, Not Rewritten

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, released the following statement after the Department of Labor filed a Request for Information, which is intended to delay, weaken, and eventually repeal the overtime rule. The rule, finalized under the Obama administration, would restore overtime protections to millions of middle-class American workers. "In an administration defined by chaos and instability, President Trump's betrayal… Continue Reading


07.24.17

Rep. Takano: House Passage of “Forever GI Bill” is a Victory for America’s Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), vice ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after the House passed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, commonly known as the "Forever GI Bill." "Today the House voted to secure the GI Bill for future generations of American veterans and protect every veteran's right to a rewarding, purposeful, and prosperous civilian life. This is a victory for America's ve… Continue Reading


07.20.17

Rep. Takano Introduces Bill to Prevent Deportation of American Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), vice ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, introduced legislation today that would prevent deportation of American veterans. The Second Chance for Service Act provides the Department of Homeland Security with flexibility to approve a veteran's naturalization application despite criminal convictions in their record. "America is a country that believes in second chances, and few deserve a second chance as much these veterans," … Continue Reading


07.19.17

Rep. Takano: Committee Vote is a Major Step Toward Securing GI Bill for Future Generations of Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), vice chair of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, released the following statement after the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs passed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, which expands and secures the GI Bill for America's veterans. "Today's bipartisan vote is a major step toward securing the GI Bill for generations of future veterans. I applaud the leadership Chairman Roe and Ranking Member Walz, the … Continue Reading


07.18.17

GI Bill to Include Rep. Takano Proposal to Fully Restore of Benefits for Veterans Harmed by Abrupt School Closures

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) applauded the decision by Chairman Phil Roe to include - in the bipartisan GI Bill proposal - his proposal to fully restore benefits for student veterans impacted by an abrupt school closure. The provision, which applies retroactively, will provide relief to the thousands of students veterans left with non-transferrable credits and depleted GI Bill benefits when schools shut down without warning, including ITT Technical Institute and Corinthi… Continue Reading


07.13.17

Citing Increased Support for Student Veterans, Rep. Takano Endorses Bipartisan Proposal for GI Bill Expansion

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), vice chair of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, endorsed a bipartisan proposal to expand the GI Bill, citing key provisions that will increase support for student veterans and provide relief to those affected by unethical practices in the for-profit college industry. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, which was unveiled this afternoon, includes three bills previously introduced by Rep. Takano: The GI … Continue Reading


06.30.17

Rep. Takano Statement on DOL Decision Regarding Overtime Regulations for Middle-Class Workers

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, released the following statement after the Trump Administration decided to defend the use of a salary threshold to determine workers' eligibility for overtime pay, but declined to defend the threshold previously set by the Obama Administration, which would have extended overtime protections to millions of middle-class workers. "For decades the Department of Labor has recognized the sala… Continue Reading


06.29.17

Rep. Takano Introduces Comprehensive Legislation to Streamline and Strengthen Hiring Practices at the VA

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), vice ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, introduced legislation today that would address chronic workforce shortages at the Department of Veterans Affairs by transforming VA's ability to attract, hire, and retain talented workers. The Better Workforce for Veterans Act would support the VA's efforts to build a workforce that is equipped to provide veterans the high-quality care they deserve. The bill is a companion to legisl… Continue Reading


06.26.17

Rep. Takano: CBO Estimate Reveals Senate Health Care Bill is “Profound Moral Failure”

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated 22 million fewer Americans would have health insurance by 2026 if the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 was passed into law. "The report released by the Congressional Budget Office today confirms the ugly truth about the Senate Republican health care bill: It is a profound moral failure. The scope of its damage to working families, seniors, women, and vete… Continue Reading


06.22.17

Rep. Takano Slams Senate GOP Health Care Bill

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to Senate Republicans' health care bill released today. "Seven years ago, the Affordable Care Act extended access to more affordable health care to 20 million Americans, including nearly 100,000 people in my community alone. The Senate bill revealed today, along with the bill that passed the House last month, is a direct threat to that progress and a direct threat to the health and financial security of … Continue Reading


06.20.17

Reps. Takano, Schneider Introduce Bill to Support Education, Small Businesses through Makerspaces

Washington, D.C. - Reps. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) introduced legislation today to encourage the development of community technology co-ops, known as "makerspaces," which promote education and support small businesses by providing students and entrepreneurs access to tools and technology. The MORE Makerspaces Act of 2017 would ease the process for federal agencies to sell unused public buildings, so they can be converted into makerspaces that will benefit the community. … Continue Reading


06.15.17

Rep. Takano Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order on Apprenticeships

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, released the following statement in response to President Trump's executive order on apprenticeships, which undermines the Department of Labor's role in ensuring apprenticeship programs use taxpayer money effectively and responsibly. "The Department of Labor's oversight role has been critical to ensuring that workers and taxpayers are receiving the full benefits of apprenticeship progr… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Rep. Takano Statement on House Passage of VETERAN Act

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after the House passed the VETERAN Act, H.R. 2372, which closes the loophole in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that jeopardized access to tax credits for up to 7 million veterans. "The 7 million veterans who are eligible but not enrolled at the VA deserve the same access to health care tax credits as every other American. I am pleased that the Ho… Continue Reading

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