Press Releases

11.21.17

Rep. Takano: Repealing Net Neutrality Benefits Corporate Giants, Hurts Everyone Else

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) issued the following statement in response to reports that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to completely repeal the net neutrality rules, which requires internet service providers to treat all internet traffic equally. "A fair and open internet is critical to supporting innovation, promoting entrepreneurship, and protecting consumers from being exploited by large internet service providers. Repealing the net neutrality rules under… Continue Reading


11.17.17

Rep. Taka­no: Trump Administration’s Secret Talks to Dismantle the VA are Unacceptable

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), vice ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement today in response to an Associated Press report revealing that the Trump administration had held closed-door discussions about merging the VA's Choice Program with the Pentagon's TRICARE program, which would make the VA health system financially unsustainable. "The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs is in the midst of a bipartisan, transparent, and … Continue Reading


11.16.17

Rep. Takano: House Republicans Just Chose Donors over Working Families

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the House passed H.R.1, the so-called "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017," which gives corporations and the wealthiest Americans a massive tax cut paid for by Californians and working families across America. "In writing their tax bill, House Republicans had a choice between listening to their donors or listening to the millions of working families struggling to get by in this economy. They chose the donors… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Rep. Takano and Members of Congressional Hispanic Caucus, House Veterans Committee Demand Support for Deported Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) joined members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to call for action to help American veterans who served the nation honorably before being deported. At a press conference, the members unveiled three letters being sent to the Trump administration and to Congress detailing critical steps that must be taken immediately to support deported veterans. In a letter to the Department of Homeland Securit… Continue Reading


11.14.17

MEDIA ADVISORY: Rep. Takano Joins Members of Congressional Hispanic Caucus to Demand Justice for Deported Veterans

Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. ET, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) will hold a press conference with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to demand justice for the hundreds of American veterans who have been deported after serving honorably in the United States Military. WHO: Rep. Mark Takano, Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Rep. Joaquin Castro, First-Vice Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Rep. Ruben Gallego, Second-Vice Chair, Co… Continue Reading


11.07.17

Rep. Takano: House GOP Continues to Undermine Workers by Weakening Joint Employer Standards

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3441, the so-called "Save Local Business Act," which denies workers the ability to collectively bargain or hold their employers accountable for violating workplace laws by dramatically narrowing corporations' liability for upholding workers' right. "Companies are increasingly renting employees from staffing agencies instead of … Continue Reading


11.02.17

Rep. Takano: GOP Tax Plan Transfers Wealth from Middle-Class Californians to Large Corporations

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after House Republicans released their tax plan, which includes large cuts in the corporate tax rate financed by raising taxes on hard-working Californians and many individuals already struggling under this economy. "The House Republican tax plan is a massive transfer of wealth from Californians and middle-class families to wealthy individuals and large corporations. Limiting deductions for state and local taxes, c… Continue Reading


11.01.17

Rep. Takano Statement on the Start of Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the first day of the open enrollment period, which is when Americans in California and across the country can begin purchasing health coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace established through the Affordable Care Act. "Starting today, individuals, families, and small business owners in California and across the country can begin shopping for a health care plan that fits their needs and their budget. Because… Continue Reading


10.30.17

Rep. Takano Statement on DOL Appealing Texas Court Decision to Block Overtime Rule

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement today after the Department of Labor said it will appeal a Texas court decision invalidating the Obama administration's overtime rule, which would extend overtime protections to millions of middle-class workers. "I share the widely held view that the Texas court decision to block the overtime rule was deeply flawed and jeopardizes the Department of Labor's basic authority to issue rules that protect American worker… Continue Reading


10.30.17

Rep. Takano Statement on Developments in Mueller Investigation

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement today after Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed charges against three former Trump campaign officials: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his longtime business partner Rick Gates, and former Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos. "The serious charges revealed today by Special Counsel Mueller only intensifies the concerns surrounding the Trump campaign's relationship with the Russian govern… Continue Reading


10.23.17

Reps. Takano, Cook Seek to Preserve NDAA Funding for Nationwide Work for Warriors Program

Washington, D.C. - Reps. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Paul Cook (R-Calif.) sent a letter today to the leadership of the Senate and House Committees on Armed Services requesting that funding for a nationwide Work for Warriors job placement program is preserved in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2018. The national pilot program, which is authorized in Section 504 of the NDAA passed in House, would match qualified, unemployed Guardsmen, Reservists, military spouses, and … Continue Reading


10.18.17

Rep. Takano Statement on Congressional Delegation to Cuba

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement today after returning from a congressional delegation to Cuba. "Meeting with local entrepreneurs, activists, and government officials in Cuba was an informative and meaningful experience. While my visit focused on questions regarding the country's embrace of the LGBT community, it also gave me a chance to assess the impact of the Trump administration's recent actions on our embassy personnel and the people of Cuba.… Continue Reading


10.13.17

Rep. Takano Statement on Trump Administration’s Latest Attack on the ACA

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the Trump Administration confirmed it will cut off vital Cost-Sharing Reduction payments under the Affordable Care Act, which will spike premiums for American families and undermine access to health care across the country. "In this latest and most aggressive attack on the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump is once again prioritizing politics over the health and well-being of the American people. En… Continue Reading


10.10.17

Rep. Takano Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to Repeal Clean Power Plan

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement today in response to the Trump administration's decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan, which was adopted by President Obama to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. "The Trump administration's decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan is yet another example of its willingness to ignore scientific facts and endanger the health of our communities just to protect the profits of fossil fuel companies. The tim… Continue Reading


10.06.17

Five House Democrats Visit Deported Veterans in Search of Solutions to Honor Their Service

Tijuana, Mexico - A congressional delegation, led by Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), met with deported veterans today to understand and address the barriers that prevent them from accessing the veterans benefits they earned through their service. The visit to the Deported Veterans Support House in Tijuana, Mexico, revealed significant opportunities for the Department of Veterans' Affairs and Congress to work together to improve the lives of those who served. The delegation included Reps. Lou Corr… Continue Reading


10.02.17

Rep. Takano Statement on Las Vegas Tragedy

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas. "I am heartbroken and sickened by the tragedy that struck Las Vegas last night. My thoughts and condolences are with the victims and their loved ones during this incredibly painful time. Words cannot express my gratitude to the law enforcement officers and first responders who put their lives on the line in the service of others. "Tonight, parents will mour… Continue Reading


09.27.17

Rep. Takano: GOP Tax Plan is Yet Another Assault on California

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to the Republican tax framework unveiled this morning. "For a second time this week, Republicans have released a major policy proposal that would severely damage California's economy. Like the GOP health care plan, the tax proposal released today steals money from California and redistributes it to states that are coincidentally more politically aligned with the Republican agenda. "Eliminating th… Continue Reading


09.05.17

Rep. Takano: President Trump Shows Cruelty, Cowardice in DACA Decision

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif) released the following statement after the Trump administration announced it will end the DACA program in six months and that no new applications will be processed. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program grants temporary protected status to 800,000 law-abiding and productive young immigrants who have built their lives in America. "President Trump's decision to end the DACA program is a case study in cruelty and cowardice. If the p… Continue Reading


08.31.17

Rep. Takano Reacts to Texas Court Decision on Overtime Rule

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, released the following statement after a Texas federal judge invalidated the Obama Administration's updated overtime rule, which would extend overtime protections to millions of middle-class workers. "I strongly disagree with the court's ruling and believe the Department of Labor under President Obama and Secretary Perez was well within its authority to provide the first meaningful updat… Continue Reading


08.30.17

Rep. Takano: Trump Administration is Turning Education Department into an Accomplice in For-Profit Fraud

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif) released the following statement after the Trump administration tapped Julian Schmoke Jr., a former for-profit college executive, to lead the Education Department's Student Aid Enforcement Unit, which is responsible for policing fraudulent and deceptive practices at colleges and universities. Schmoke Jr.'s previous employer, DeVry University, recently reached a $100 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission in response to allegation… Continue Reading

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