Press Releases

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


01.11.17

Rep. Mark Takano Statement on Nomination of David Shulkin as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Dr. David Shulkin as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Shulkin is currently the Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary of Health. "Dr. David Shulkin is a respected leader with the experience necessary to direct an organization as important and complex as the Department of Veterans Affairs. Over the past 18 months, he… Continue Reading


01.09.17

Rep. Mark Takano Announces Support for Rep. Tim Walz for Ranking Member of House Veterans Committee in 115th Congress

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif) released the following statement announcing his support for Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), the highest ranking enlisted soldier ever to serve in Congress, for the position of Ranking Member of the House Veterans Committee in the 115th Congress. "The men and women who make incredible sacrifices to protect this nation do so with the promise that they will be cared for and supported when they come home. As a veteran and as a passionate advocate for th… Continue Reading


12.13.16

Acting Ranking Member Takano Statement on ACICS

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Acting Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after the Department of Education formally terminated its recognition of The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), an accreditor of more than 200 for-profit schools. "I strongly support the Department of Education's decision to terminate its recognition of ACICS as a school accreditor. For many years, ACICS has enabled and… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Rep. Mark Takano Statement on Reported Labor Secretary Nominee Andy Puzder

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) issued the following statement in response to numerous reports that fast-food CEO Andy Puzder will be President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Labor. "The Secretary of Labor is assigned the critical role of advocating for American workers and protecting working families from injustice and abuse. Nothing in Andy Puzder's record suggests that he is prepared to fulfill that responsibility. At nearly every opportunity, Mr.… Continue Reading


11.22.16

President-Elect Trump: No Help for Veterans in the First 100 Days

Washington, D.C. - Today, Acting Ranking Member Mark Takano issued the following statement in a response to a video released by President-elect Donald Trump outlining his priorities for the first 100 days of his administration. "Throughout his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump promised to make veterans a top priority in his administration. Two months before he even takes office, it appears he is already breaking that promise. Donald Trump's list of priorities for his first 100 days in offi… Continue Reading


11.17.16

Rep. Mark Takano Calls on President-elect Trump to Denounce Comments on Japanese-American Internment

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement today calling on President-elect Donald Trump to denounce comments made by a surrogate, which referenced Japanese-American internment as precedent to justify a Muslim registry. "The imprisonment of thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II, including my parents and grandparents, is widely understood to be one of the darkest chapters in American history. More than 100,000 Japanese-Americans were accused of … Continue Reading


10.26.16

Acting Ranking Member Mark Takano Statement on Department of Defense Freezing Collection of National Guard Bonuses

Washington, D.C. - Today, Acting Ranking Member Mark Takano released the following statement on the Department of Defense's decision to freeze collection of California National Guard Bonuses. "I strongly support this step taken by the Department of Defense to suspend efforts to collect California National Guard enlistment bonuses awarded to servicemembers up to a decade ago. The men and women who stepped up to serve our nation in good faith should not be held accountable for other people's mist… Continue Reading


10.23.16

Acting Ranking Member Mark Takano Statement on Effort to Claw Back Bonuses Paid to Members of the California National Guard

Washington, D.C. - Acting Ranking Member Mark Takano released the following statement regarding the Los Angeles Times story describing efforts to claw back bonuses and benefits improperly paid to members of the California National Guard 10 years ago. "I am appalled by the California National Guard's effort to claw back bonuses and benefits improperly paid to service members 10 years ago. Those who served in the California National Guard bear no responsibility for the mistakes and misconduct t… Continue Reading


09.29.16

Acting Ranking Member Takano Issues Statement After President Signs Extension of Vital Veterans’ Programs, West Los Angeles Leasing Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, Acting Ranking Member Mark Takano released the following statement after President Obama signed into law the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2016 and the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016. "In signing these two pieces of legislation into law, President Obama has ensured that the programs and services veterans rely on every day will continue without interruption, and that the long struggle over the West Los Angeles VA campus is finally reso… Continue Reading

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