Press Releases

06.02.20

Rep. Takano Statement Condemning Police Brutality and Demanding Greater Accountability for Police

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement condemning police brutality and demanding greater accountability for police following the death of George Floyd, which has sparked nationwide protests. "For the past several days, justice-seekers across the nation have been making their voices heard following the tragic death of George Floyd. Many are echoing his plea, 'I can't breathe,' as they protest the loss of yet another Black life at the hands of police. I join th… Continue Reading


05.29.20

Rep. Takano Statement on Trump Veto of Congressional Resolution to Protect Students from Predatory For-Profit Schools

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following President Trump's veto of a bipartisan Congressional Resolution to reverse the Department of Education's Borrower Defense rule. The Department's rule would deny debt relief to students defrauded by predatory colleges. "President Trump was presented with an opportunity to support a bipartisan effort to protect students from predatory for-profit schools, but once again, he has chosen to side with Secretary Betsy … Continue Reading


05.22.20

Rep. Takano Introduces Legislation to Create a Program Within DoD to Secure Job Opportunities for Veterans

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) introduced the Work for Warriors Act of 2020 to create a pilot program within the Department of Defense (DoD) that ensures gainful employment for members of the National Guard, reservists, and their spouses. The bill is modeled after the California Work for Warriors program that connects with local businesses to identify job opportunities for veterans and their spouses and creates a pipeline of qualified candidates for willing employers. "The … Continue Reading


05.15.20

Rep. Takano Statement on House Passage of The Heroes Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following the passage of H.R. 6800, The Heroes Act. "The public health emergency our nation is facing requires immediate, bold action. That's why I voted in support of The Heroes Act, a bill that would provide families, workers, and veterans with the support they need to make it through this crisis. "As we live through these uncertain times, I continue hearing from families, workers, and small business owners in Riv… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Reps. Takano, Clarke, and Espaillat Introduce Coronavirus Emergency Non-Congregate Housing Expansion Act

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), and Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) introduced the Coronavirus Emergency Non-Congregate Housing Expansion Act to make non-congregate sheltering expenses automatically eligible for full FEMA funding reimbursement under their Public Assistance funding during the current public health emergency. "States and local governments around the country are stepping up and looking out for the most at-risk and vulnerable populations … Continue Reading


05.06.20

Rep. Takano Statement On Riverside County Supervisors Board Meeting to Rescind Local COVID-19 Public Health Orders

Riverside, CA - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following a Riverside County Supervisors Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 5 where the Board was set to vote on rescinding county COVID-19 public health orders. The vote on this proposal was rescheduled to Friday, May 8. At this meeting, Dr. Cameron Kaiser made compelling arguments for why his public health orders should stand. "Following yesterday's Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting, I want to reiterate how crucial it … Continue Reading


05.05.20

Takano, Durbin, Brown, Jayapal and Warren Unveil Plan to Grant Full Student Loan Discharges to Defrauded Student Borrowers in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

Washington, DC - Yesterday, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced a plan that will grant full student loan discharges to three specific emergency categories of defrauded student borrowers. The plan would require eligible loans to be discharged within 30 days of enactment and provides timelines for the Department of Education to take other steps-such as correcting borrowers' credit reporting.… Continue Reading


05.01.20

Rep. Takano Statement Opposing Riverside County Supervisors’ Proposal to Rescind County’s COVID-19 Health Orders

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement expressing opposition to Riverside County Supervisors' proposal to reverse certain COVID-19 public health orders mandated by Riverside County Public Health Officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser: "I am concerned by the Supervisors' proposal to rescind the COVID-19 public health orders made by Dr. Cameron Kaiser to keep our communities safe. Any actions related to public health made during this pandemic without consultation with and… Continue Reading


05.01.20

Bipartisan Congressional Deaf Caucus Sends Letter to Vice President Mike Pence Calling for ASL Interpreters at Every COVID-19 Public Briefing

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA and Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL), co-Chairs of the Congressional Deaf Caucus sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence urging the White House Coronavirus Task Force to implement the use of sign language interpreters during all public briefings, especially for the administration's response to COVID-19. "During this pandemic, we are witnessing how important it is for all communications and public briefings to be accessible to everyone," said Rep. Mark… Continue Reading


04.30.20

Rep. Takano Statement on Conditions at Adelanto ICE Detention Center During COVID-19 Pandemic

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement on the conditions faced by detainees at the Adelanto ICE Detention Center during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of us and necessary steps must be taken to keep people healthy and safe and to protect public health - that includes protecting immigrants in detention. It is concerning that officials at the Adelanto ICE Detention Center are not doing enough to protect detainees and prevent the … Continue Reading


04.27.20

Rep. Takano Statement on HHS Investigation Finding that HHS Officials Responding to Evacuees from Wuhan, China at March Air Reserve Base Lacked Proper Training and Equipment

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following reports that the Immediate Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that HHS officials responding to evacuees from Wuhan, China at March Air Reserve Base and other bases in California lacked adequate protective gear and equipment or training. "The findings of this investigation corroborate the allegations made in the whistleblower complaint filed by a senior HHS … Continue Reading


04.24.20

Chairman Takano and Ranking Member Roe Introduce Legislation Requiring VA to Appoint Hearing Aid Specialists at VA Medical Centers

Washington, DC - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe introduced legislation that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to appoint at least one licensed hearing aid specialist at each VA Medical Center in the country. This legislation builds on the Veterans Mobility Safety Act of 2016 which granted VA authority to appoint licensed hearing aid specialists at VA medical centers, though they have so far failed to… Continue Reading


04.23.20

Rep. Takano Statement on House Passage of Interim Emergency Coronavirus Relief Package

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following the passage of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act in the House, a $484 billion relief package that provides funding to support small businesses, to help hospitals and healthcare workers, and to implement a national testing strategy. "I flew to Washington to cast my vote for this emergency coronavirus relief package because small businesses are in desperate need of support to stay a… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Chairman Mark Takano’s GI Bill Fix for Student Veterans Impacted by COVID-19 Passes Senate

Washington, DC - Today, House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano's bill, the Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act, has passed the U.S. Senate and is headed to President Trump's desk for a signature. The bill allows student veterans to continue receiving certain housing, education, and work study benefits provided through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that would have otherwise been reduced or halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "As the nation faces the COVID-19 pande… Continue Reading


04.13.20

Rep. Takano Announces More Than $54 Million in Emergency COVID-19 Funding for Local Colleges and Universities

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced that colleges and universities in Riverside County would receive more than $54 million in emergency funding as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed on March 27. At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed to students in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to help pay for housing, food, and other basic essentials. "Students have been sh… Continue Reading


03.27.20

Rep. Takano Statement on House Passage of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in the House. This historic $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package includes bold provisions secured by Democrats to protect the health and well-being of the American people. "After days of negotiations to include strong provisions that prioritize the health and financial well-being of the American people and hold corporations accounta… Continue Reading


03.14.20

Rep. Takano Statement on House Passage of Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement after the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in the House. "While President Trump is parading around with corporate CEOs and making lofty promises, House Democrats have taken action and passed sensible legislative solutions that put families first. During this public health emergency, Congress must address healthcare costs and lack of access to paid sick leave to meet the needs of working people. … Continue Reading


03.12.20

Rep. Takano and Education and Labor Committee Members Introduce Legislation to Secure Workers’ Access to Emergency Family and Medical Leave in Response to COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41), Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12), and Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03) introduced the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act to ensure workers have access to extended, job-protected leave to care for themselves and their families amid the COVID-19 epidemic. The legislation significantly expands the number of U.S. workers who can take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA… Continue Reading


03.02.20

Rep. Takano Introduces Legislation to Rename Riverside Post Office After Waudieur “Woodie” Rucker-Hughes

Riverside, CA - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4150 Chicago Avenue in Riverside as the "Woodie Rucker-Hughes Post Office Building." "I am thrilled to be honoring the life of an icon by renaming the Riverside Post Office after Woodie Rucker-Hughes," said Rep. Mark Takano. "Woodie spent her life working to demolish educational barriers, challenging injustices, and moving our community forward every single… Continue Reading


02.29.20

Reps. Takano, Garamendi, and Peters Release Joint Statement After HHS Health Officials Fail to Provide Timely Briefing on HHS Whistleblower Complaint on Coronavirus Response

Washington, D.C. - Today, Reps. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), John Garamendi (D-Calif.), and Scott Peters (D-Calif.), who represent districts in California where military bases that received evacuees from China are located, released this joint statement after HHS failed to provide them a briefing on the coronavirus response. The Members called for a timely briefing from senior health officials following a whistleblower complaint alleging improper training and procedures for HHS workers handling evacue… Continue Reading

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