Press Releases

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


03.07.18

Rep. Takano: 6th Circuit Delivers Another Landmark Victory for LGBT Rights

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), the first openly gay Member of Congress elected in the state of California and the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, released the following statement in response to a ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes. The court found that LGBT workplace discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. "For the second time in two weeks, a federal court has f… Continue Reading


03.06.18

Rep. Takano: President Trump Must Choose Between Veterans and Billionaires

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), vice ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after a joint House and Senate Veterans Committee hearing on the legislative priorities of key veterans service organizations. "Today, multiple veterans service organizations once again expressed the importance of a strong and sustainable VA health care system that can provide veterans the quality of care they deserve. The question is: Will President … Continue Reading


03.05.18

Rep. Takano Donates Pizzas to Striking West Virginia Teachers

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), a public-school teacher for 24 years, made a $100 donation today to buy pizzas for the West Virginia teachers striking for a living wage and to express his support for increasing wages for teachers across the country. "I know from experience that teaching is one of the most meaningful and difficult jobs imaginable," said Rep. Takano. "A teacher's salary will never reflect their impact on our communities and no teacher joins the profession in sea… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Rep. Takano Slams Proposal to Shield Unethical Student-Loan Debt Collectors from Accountability

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to reports that the Department of Education is moving forward with plans to issue a rule blocking states from regulating unethical student-loan debt collectors. "When a company deceives a student about their student loan options, it puts that student's financial and educational future in jeopardy. That is why dozens of states, including my home state of California, have taken action to protect students f… Continue Reading


02.26.18

Rep. Takano Statement on Court Ruling in LGBT Workplace Discrimination Case

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), the first openly gay Member of Congress elected in the state of California, released the following statement regarding a ruling by the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc. The court found that LGBT workplace discrimination violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964. "In spite of the progress we've made toward LGBT equality, it is still possible for LGBT employees to get married on Saturday, post pictures on Sunday, a… Continue Reading


02.09.18

Rep. Takano Statement on Budget Deal

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement regarding the budget agreement, which President Trump signed into law this morning. "The budget agreement that President Trump signed into law this morning contains many provisions that I support. Securing a decade of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, increasing support for Community Health Centers, and lifting the 'sequester caps' that have strangled domestic spending for several years are amo… Continue Reading


02.02.18

Rep. Takano Statement on Release of “Nunes Memo”

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, with support from the Trump administration, declassified and published a misleading, incomplete, and partisan memo attacking the FBI and Justice Department's investigation into the Trump campaign's connection to Russian interference in the 2016 election. "The decision by House Republicans and the Trump administration to published the 'Nunes memo' is an … Continue Reading


02.01.18

Rep. Takano: DOL Must Withdraw Proposed Tip Rule

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Committee on Workforce Protections, called on the Department of Labor (DOL) to withdraw its proposed tip pooling rule, which would allow employers to pocket or redistribute the tips earned by workers. This morning, a Bloomberg BNA report revealed that senior DOL officials hid an internal economic analysis that found the rule would cost workers billions of dollars in tips. "The Department of Labor's decision to hide an … Continue Reading


01.30.18

Rep. Takano Statement on State of the Union

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address. "Like so many of his public statements, President Trump's State of the Union address was misleading, divisive, and provided no substantive vision for conquering the challenges confronting our nation. He claimed credit for an economy that he inherited and promised spending that his own party does not support. He portrayed immigrants as violent… Continue Reading


01.26.18

Rep. Takano Statement on Trump Administration’s Radical Immigration Proposal

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the Trump administration published a radical immigration proposal that uses the fate of Dreamers as leverage to dramatically restrict legal immigration to the United States. "In producing such a radical immigration proposal, President Trump makes clear that he views Dreamers not as people but as bargaining chips in a larger effort to dramatically restrict legal immigration to the United States. "In … Continue Reading


01.25.18

Rep. Takano Introduces Legislation to Study Racial Disparities in Auto Insurance Market

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) introduced legislation today to increase transparency and study racial disparities in the auto insurance market. The FAIR RATES Act of 2018 directs the Federal Insurance Office to collect local-level data from large auto insurance companies, publicly disclose that data, and submit an analysis to Congress on the impact of race on insurance prices. A recent ProPublica report found that some large insurers charge drivers in minority neighborhoods as … Continue Reading


01.22.18

Rep. Takano Statement on Three-Week Continuing Resolution

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after voting against a short-term continuing resolution, which does not include a solution for Dreamers, funding for community health centers, or disaster recovery funding for states still reeling from natural disasters. "This continuing resolution is further proof that the Trump administration and the Republican Congress lack both the competence and the moral authority to govern this country effectively. We… Continue Reading


01.18.18

Rep. Takano Statement on Continuing Resolution

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano released the following statement after voting against the continuing resolution, which would fund the government through February 16 but excluded protections for Dreamers. "The continuing resolution passed tonight by the House of Representatives contained many provisions that I supported, including a six-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program. However, it also failed to include essential, bipartisan priorities. "When the President … Continue Reading


01.10.18

Rep. Takano, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Applaud Progress in Restoring Benefits to Deported Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Veterans Committee Democrats applauded the progress being made by the Department of Veterans Affairs in restoring access to disability benefits and health care for American veterans who were deported after their service. On November 20, 2017, the VA formally established a location in Tijuana where deported veterans can receive a Compensation & Pension (C&P) Exam, which is a mandatory step that determines … Continue Reading


12.21.17

Rep. Takano Statement on Disaster Funding Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after voting in support of the Disaster Supplemental Funding Bill, which provides emergency funding for disasters caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the California wildfires. "Over the past several weeks, wildfires in California have damaged more than 21,000 homes and more than 2,800 businesses. The total cost of that damage is estimated to top $9 billion, and families across the state … Continue Reading


12.21.17

Rep. Takano Statement on Disaster Funding Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after voting against the continuing resolution, which would fund the government through January 19 but excludes several key priorities. "I have repeatedly said that Congress should not leave Washington without fully funding the Children's Health Insurance Program, fully funding our Community Health Centers, providing disaster relief for California and other hard-hit states, and finding a permanent solution fo… Continue Reading

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