Press Releases

03.24.17

Rep. Takano Statement on Speaker Ryan Pulling the American Health Care Act from the House Floor

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after Speaker Ryan withdrew the American Health Care Act from the House Floor prior to the scheduled vote. "After criticizing and slandering the Affordable Care Act for seven years, today's events confirm that Republicans never took the time to develop a serious plan for expanding affordable health care to every American. This is not a victory for Democrats; this is a victory for the American people, including the 2… Continue Reading


03.23.17

HVAC Members Call on Republicans to Protect Veterans from Harmful Consequences of Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Democratic Members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee expressed outrage over House Republicans' rush to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to the floor of the House of Representatives, and to warn of the negative consequences the bill will have for millions of veterans and their families across the United States: "As a result of AHCA's expedited path to the House floor without regular order, millions of veterans are now facing the possibility of losing acces… Continue Reading


03.17.17

Rep. Takano Statement on President Trump’s Budget Blueprint

Rep. Takano Statement on President Trump's Budget Blueprint Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to the budget blueprint released by President Trump yesterday. "The president's budget blueprint reflects a hard-hearted and short-sighted vision for America. The dramatic cuts it recommends for programs that feed the hungry, provide shelter to vulnerable families, and improve public education are cruel. It is shameful for the riche… Continue Reading


03.08.17

Rep. Takano Statement on Legislation Advanced by House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs advanced the VA Accountability First Act, HR 1259, as well as legislation expanding full GI Bill benefits to all veterans awarded the Purple Heart. "Recipients of the Purple Heart have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to this country that deserves our full measure of respect. Ensuring that all veterans awarded the Purple Heart have the tools they need to succ… Continue Reading


03.07.17

Rep. Takano Statement on the Republican Health Plan

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement regarding the American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act unveiled last night. "Seniors, low-income families, sick Americans, and women - this is just a partial list of Americans who would suffer as a result of the Republican health care proposal. The American Health Care Act, unveiled by the GOP last night, would destabilize the U.S. health care system and dismantle the p… Continue Reading


03.06.17

Rep. Takano: Updated Travel Ban Still Makes Americans Less Safe

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after President Trump signed a new executive order restricting travel to the United States from six Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and freezing refugee resettlement for 120 days. "The details of the Trump administration's updated travel ban may have changed, but the harm it does to America's safety and our standing around the world remains the same. Like the original, this executive order sends a terr… Continue Reading


03.02.17

Rep. Takano Joins Calls for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Resign

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after The Washington Post reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied in his Senate confirmation hearing about his contacts with Russia. "As America's top law enforcement officer, the honesty and integrity of the U.S. Attorney General is held to the highest standard. By lying under oath in a Senate confirmation hearing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fallen well short of that standard. His dishonest… Continue Reading


02.28.17

Rep. Takano on President’s Address: New Tone, Same Dishonesty

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress. "President Trump used a new tone tonight to repeat the same dishonest and dangerous ideas. On health care, immigration, the economy, and foreign policy, he continued his pattern of misrepresenting reality to justify policies that will hurt middle class families and jeopardize America's safety. "It is particularly striking that after… Continue Reading


02.27.17

Local Muslim Activist Fauzia Rizvi to Join Rep. Takano at President’s Address to Congress

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced that local resident and Muslim activist Fauzia Rizvi will be his guest at President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night. "I am honored that Fauzia has agreed to join me in Washington during this contentious and challenging moment in our national debate," said Rep. Takano. "Fauzia is a strong and important voice in our community who works tirelessly to bridge the cultural divides that continue to afflict … Continue Reading


02.17.17

Rep. Takano Introduces Unsubscribe Act to Protect Online Consumers

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) introduced the Unsubscribe Act to protect consumers from being tricked into paying monthly membership fees without their explicit consent. The bill directly addresses the business tactic of negative option billing, which allows a customer's inaction to serve as approval to be charged for goods or services. Online companies typically leverage negative option billing by enticing consumers with a one-time offer that turns into a monthly subscri… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Rep. Takano Joined by CAPAC Leadership in Introducing Resolutions in Remembrance of Japanese American Internment

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) introduced two resolutions in remembrance of Japanese American internment. The first, introduced with Reps. Doris Matsui and Colleen Hanabusa, would establish a Day of Remembrance to reflect on the injustices endured by thousands of men, women, and children who were the victims of discrimination during World War II. The second would recognize Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution to honor Mr. Korematsu's lifelong fight to… Continue Reading


02.07.17

Rep. Takano, Sen. Brown Introduce Bill to Help VA Attract and Retain Talented Medical Professionals

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced the VA Employee Fairness Act to support the goal of building a talented workforce to care for America's veterans. The bill would create a better environment for attracting and retaining physicians, nurses, and other healthcare workers by restoring collective bargaining rights to medical professionals at the Department of Veterans Affairs. While VA employees have had collectively bargain rights s… Continue Reading


02.07.17

Rep. Takano Statement on March Air Reserve Base Chain of Command Ceremony

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the Change of Command Ceremony that took place this morning at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California. "Under the leadership of Major General John C. Flournoy, Jr., March Air Reserve Base maintained its critical role in our community and its important place in America's national security strategy. I am grateful for his service to our region and to the country, and I wish him the best on his future… Continue Reading


02.07.17

On Day of DeVos Confirmation Vote, Rep. Takano Releases Progressive K-12 Education Agenda

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) unveiled a comprehensive Progressive K-12 Education Agenda calling for a commitment to public education, expanded access to early childhood education, and equal support and opportunities for low-income students. The agenda reveals the wide gap between progressive Democrats and Betsy DeVos in terms of both education policy priorities and expertise. "For decades, a strong education system has made it possible for generations of Americans to re… Continue Reading


02.01.17

Rep. Mark Takano Statement on House Passage of H.J. Res. 38

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the House passed H.J. Res. 38, which employs the rarely used Congressional Review Act to eliminate the Stream Protection Rule. The rule updates existing mining regulations to prevent the pollution of streams resulting from mining activity. "If you own a coal mining company, own stock in coal mining companies, or receive donations from coal mining companies, you are rightfully celebrating the House vote … Continue Reading


02.01.17

Rep. Mark Takano Statement on Trump Administration Tapping Jerry Falwell Jr. to Lead Higher Education Panel

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the Trump administration reportedly tapped Jerry Falwell Jr. to lead a panel on reforming higher education. "Jerry Falwell Jr. checks all the boxes for an education post in the Trump administration: he is bigoted, unqualified, and reliably opposed to protecting students from predatory companies. As a gay man, I am enraged that his anti-LGBT rhetoric is being rewarded with a leadership post. As a former… Continue Reading


01.31.17

Rep. Mark Takano Statement on Election As Vice Ranking Member of House Committee on Veterans Affairs

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after his election as Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. "Honoring the service of America's veterans has been one of my top priorities since my first days in Congress. It continues to be a privilege to help ensure that these brave men and women receive the care and support they have earned. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to build on the… Continue Reading


01.27.17

Rep. Takano: Executive Order on Foreign Nationals, Refugees is a Moral Failure and Humanitarian Disaster

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif) released the following statement in response to President Trump's executive order calling for the suspension of visas to citizens of certain Middle-Eastern countries and the suspension of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. "President Trump's executive order turns America's back to the suffering of thousands of men, women, and children fleeing unspeakable violence. The ongoing humanitarian tragedy in Syria requires us to rise to the occasio… Continue Reading


01.25.17

Rep. Takano: Executive Actions on Immigration Are Inhumane, Wasteful, and Unconstitutional

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif) released the following statement in response to President Trump's executive order calling for a wall on America's southern border and the targeting of sanctuary cities. "Today, President Donald Trump issued an executive order on immigration that is inhumane, wasteful, and illegal. Instead of investing in America's schools, rebuilding our infrastructure, or cutting taxes on the middle class, the president is moving forward with the constructi… Continue Reading


01.18.17

Rep. Mark Takano Statement on Secretary of Education Nominee Betsy DeVos

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the Senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos. "Last night, Betsy DeVos demonstrated to the public that she is fundamentally unprepared and unqualified to lead the Department of Education. Her apparent confusion over the basics of education policy - including the debate over progress and proficiency, the federal requirements protecting students with disabilities, and the… Continue Reading

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