Press Releases

06.15.17

Rep. Takano Statement on Shooting in Alexandria, VA

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), released the following statement after a gunman opened fire on Republicans preparing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. "I am stunned and saddened by this attack on my Republican colleagues and the Congressional community. Speaker Ryan was absolutely right: We are a family and an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. "I am incredibly grateful for the heroism of the two Capitol Police officers, who risked their lives to save othe… Continue Reading


06.14.17

Rep. Takano Applauds Secretary Shulkin’s Commitment to Protecting Veterans’ Individual Unemployability Benefits

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after Secretary David Shulkin expressed his commitment to protecting veterans' Individual Unemployability benefits, which were subject to dramatic cuts in President Trump's budget. "Secretary Shulkin's comments during today's Senate hearing are a relief to me and to the 210,000 elderly veterans who could have be harmed by the proposed cut to Individua… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Rep. Takano Statement on House Passage of VA Accountability Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after the House passed S.1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. "Ensuring accountability for employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs, without violating their constitutional right to due process, is critical to providing veterans the care and support they have earned. The bill that passed the H… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Rep. Takano Statement on House GOP’s Vote to Deregulate Wall Street

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after House Republicans voted to pass the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, which repeals or weakens the Wall Street regulations put in place in response to the global financial crisis. "Less than ten years ago, Wall Street's reckless and unethical behavior triggered the Great Recession and nearly destroyed America's financial system. American taxpayers were forced to bail out Wall Street banks, even as millions of fami… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Rep. Takano: Delaying Overtime Rule is Another Betrayal of Workers

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, released the following statement after Secretary Alexander Acosta announced at a hearing this morning that the Department of Labor will file a Request for Information that will further delay the implementation of the overtime rule. The rule, finalized under the Obama administration, would restore overtime protections to more than 4 million middle-class workers. "American workers have wai… Continue Reading


06.06.17

Rep. Takano Statement on Senate Passage of VA Accountability Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after the Senate passed S.1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. "Throughout the debate over accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs I have advocated for legislation that holds VA employees accountable without violating their constitutional right to due process. The Department of Vetera… Continue Reading


06.02.17

Rep. Takano Statement on Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. "President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement will have severe consequences for our community that are both immediate and lasting. In the short-term, the president is further undermining America's credibility and relationships with our friends and allies around the w… Continue Reading


05.15.17

Rep. Mark Takano, Veterans’ Affairs Committee Democrats Send Letter to CBO Regarding AHCA

Washington, DC - Representative Mark Takano (D-CA) and fellow Democrats on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs sent a letter today to the Congressional Budget Office asking the agency to carefully consider the impact on veterans of the American Healthcare Act, the Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Every Democrat on the committee, including Ranking Member Tim Walz, signed onto the letter drafted by Rep. Takano, who serves as the committee's Vice Ranking Member. "House Repub… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Rep. Takano: Everything We Thought About Modern GOP is True

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act, which will strip 24 million Americans of their insurance and jeopardizes access to health care tax credits for 7 million veterans. "I've often warned my constituents and colleagues that the modern Republican Party is more interested in cutting taxes on the wealthy than providing affordable … Continue Reading


05.04.17

Rep. Takano Warns GOP: AHCA Will Harm Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, took to the House floor today to warn Republicans that the American Health Care Act would jeopardize access to affordable health care for millions of veterans. "There are 7 million veterans who are eligible for VA care but not enrolled at the VA. All of them could be denied access to the tax credits in this bill," said Rep. Takano, before outlining the problematic provisions in the bi… Continue Reading


05.02.17

Rep. Takano Condemns Passage of So-Called Working Families Flexibility Act

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, released the following statement after House Republicans passed H.R. 1180, the so-called Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017. "I am extremely disappointed that House Republicans have pushed through yet another bill that rigs the rules of the economy against working families. The so-called Working Families Flexibility Act gives employees no meaningful rights they don't already have, … Continue Reading


04.28.17

Rep. Takano Statement on Confirmation of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, released the following statement after Alexander Acosta's confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Labor. "In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has pursued an agenda that is openly hostile to working families. By opposing a rule requiring financial advisers to act in the best interests of their clients, by rolling back workplace safety reporting standards, and by refusing to fight … Continue Reading


04.27.17

Rep. Takano: Revised AHCA Still Strips Tax Credits from 7 Million Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement regarding a loophole that remains in the revised American Health Care Act stripping tax credits from up to 7 million veterans. The MacArthur Amendment fails to address language in the bill that prevents veterans who are eligible but not enrolled in VA health care from receiving tax credits to afford insurance. "I am in disbelief that my Republican col… Continue Reading


04.26.17

Education and the Workforce Committee Republicans Pass Bill Stripping Workers of Overtime Pay

WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce held a markup on H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act. Republicans rejected Democrats' efforts to advance amendments that would have provided real solutions for workers - paid sick days, fair work schedules, and strengthened overtime protections. Republicans voted unanimously (22-16) to make it harder for working people to be paid for every hour on the job. "H.R. 1180 doesn't give employees any rights they don't already … Continue Reading


04.26.17

Rep. Takano Calls for International Condemnation of Ongoing Violence Targeting Chechnya’s Gay Community

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement calling on the international community to condemn the Chechen government's horrific campaign of violence and oppression against the gay community. He also called on Vladimir Putin and the Russian government to exert its influence in Chechnya to end the arrest, torture, and murder of gay men in the region. "The chilling reports of mass detentions and violence against gay men in Chechnya demand an overwhelming… Continue Reading


04.11.17

Rep. Takano Mourns Victims of Tragic Shooting at San Bernardino’s North Park Elementary School

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement regarding the tragic shooting at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino. "There are no words to express the pain and sorrow I feel for the victims of this tragedy and their families. I am stunned and horrified that gun violence has once again struck the Inland Empire and claimed the lives of members of community. "There are many questions about how this heartbreaking tragedy unfolded. What we know … Continue Reading


04.06.17

Responding to Wave of For-Profit School Closures, Rep. Takano Introduces Bill to Protect Student Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that would restore Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to veterans affected by the permanent closure of certain educational institutions. The Veterans Education Relief and Restoration Act (VERRA) comes nearly two years after the abrupt closure of Corinthian Colleges, which stranded 16,000 students, and just one week after Westech College suddenly closed its three locations in Southern California. Student veterans are… Continue Reading


04.05.17

Rep. Takano, Committee Democrats Voice Strong Opposition to Bill that Weakens Overtime Rights for Low-Income Workers

Washington, D.C. - Today, at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, Rep. Takano and Committee Democrats voiced strong opposition to the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (H.R.1180). The bill would weaken overtime rights for low-income workers who are already struggling to keep pace with the economy. Instead of paying workers for their overtime work, the legislation allows employers to pocket employees' overtime pay in return for a vague promise that employees may be able … Continue Reading


03.29.17

Rep. Takano Joins Bipartisan Calls for Chairman Nunes’s Recusal from Russia Investigation, Formation of Independent Commission

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement calling for Chairman Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. Rep. Takano is also calling for the formation of an independent commission to launch a parallel investigation. "I strongly believe that a transparent, bipartisan investigation conducted by the House Intelligence Committee is a critical tool for… Continue Reading


03.28.17

Rep. Takano Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order on Energy

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's executive order on energy. "For the past eight years under the Obama Administration, the United States set a powerful example for the world with its aggressive action to combat climate change. President Trump's executive order undercuts the progress we made and ignores the overwhelming scientific consensus that man-made climate change is threatening to devastate our way of lif… Continue Reading

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