Press Releases

08.10.18

Rep. Takano: “This Administration Couldn’t Care Less About Students”

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following the Trump administration's proposal to eliminate the Gainful Employment rule: "The Gainful Employment requirement was regulated to protect students and hold for-profit schools and career-training programs accountable for delivering on their promises, as required by federal law. By eliminating this rule completely, Secretary DeVos has once again given for-profits free reign to carry out predatory and abusive … Continue Reading


08.08.18

Rep. Takano Statement Following Reports of Inappropriate Influence from “Mar-a-Lago Crowd” at the VA

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Vice-Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs released this statement following a report from Pro-Publica indicating influence over VA policies from Mar-a-Lago members and other millionaire Trump insiders: "It seems that for the Trump Administration, having a Mar-a-Lago membership and being one of President Trump's millionaire friends makes you qualified to make decisions and shape policies that affect the VA and our veter… Continue Reading


07.25.18

Rep. Takano: “It is clear who Secretary Betsy DeVos sides with, and it’s not with students.”

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education's announcement of the final proposed Borrowers Defense rule that would cut $12.7 billion in debt relief from students who were deceived by predatory for-profit colleges. Secretary DeVos' rule also proposes to force students to default on their loans before they are eligible for debt relief. "It is clear who Secretary Betsy DeVos sides with, and it's not with students. To… Continue Reading


07.24.18

Reps. Takano, Pocan, and Grijalva Introduce Resolution Against VA Privatization

Washington, D.C. - Today, Reps. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), and Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced an anti-privatization resolution expressing support for policies that maintain a robust, fully-funded and staffed Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that does not jeopardize care for veterans by moving essential resources to the private sector. "More than 9 million veterans depend on the VA to receive the health care services they … Continue Reading


07.24.18

Rep. Takano Helps Introduce the Aim Higher Act

Washington, D.C. -Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after announcing the Aim Higher Act, a comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, which ensures that every student has a path to a debt-free degree or credential. "As a public school teacher for 24 years and a community college trustee for more than two decades, I know that rising college costs put college out of reach for many students in Riverside and across the country. That is why I am proud to j… Continue Reading


07.23.18

Rep. Takano Statement on the Confirmation of Robert Wilkie as VA Secretary

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Vice Ranking Member, released this statement after the Senate confirmation of Robert Wilkie as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): "The Secretary of Veterans Affairs is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that all of our country's veterans are properly served by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Which is why Robert Wilkie's role in the implementation of the trans military ban at… Continue Reading


07.18.18

Rep. Takano Statement on VA Implementation of Executive Order Limiting the Use of Official Time

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Labor Management Relations issued a notice of implementation of Executive Order #13837, which drastically limits the use of official time: "Instead of working to ensure that the VA is well-staffed, well managed, and capable of providing veterans with quality services, the Trump Administration has focused its efforts on undermining worker protections and attacking VA e… Continue Reading


07.16.18

Rep. Takano’s Bill to Extend Paid Sick Leave Benefits to Wounded Warriors Working at the VA Passes the House

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Steve Stivers' (R-Ohio) Veterans Providing Healthcare Transition Improvement Act passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives. This bipartisan bill will ensure that newly hired veterans with service-connected injuries working in medical positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are able to take paid sick leave to receive the care they need. This bill will also help in hiring and recruiting veterans to fill VA "Title 38"… Continue Reading


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

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