Press Releases

10.22.19

Rep. Takano and Rep. Evans Introduce Bill to Ensure People Released From Prison Can Obtain Proper State ID Cards

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Penn.), introduced the Restoring Access Through Identification Act to ensure people who are released from prison are able to obtain proper state ID cards by requiring the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to cover the costs associated with obtaining identification cards. Covering the cost of obtaining a state-issued ID prior to release helps remove some of the barriers to reintegrating back into the community. "We must give pe… Continue Reading


10.17.19

Reps. Takano, García, and Pressley Launch Future of Transportation Caucus

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41), Rep. Jesús "Chuy" García (IL-04), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) launched the Future of Transportation Caucus, which will be dedicated to creating a vision for the future of our transportation system that emphasizes equity, access, and sustainability. The caucus formally launched this morning and will feature a standing series of briefings and forums to generate awareness and policy discussions including sustainability, safety, … Continue Reading


10.02.19

Rep. Takano Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision Not to Establish a Child Detention Facility in the Inland Empire

Riverside, CA - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following a recent announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) informing Members that the agency is no longer seeking to lease space in the Inland Empire for a detention facility to house up to 430 migrant children. "I am relieved that the Trump Administration has abandoned its plans to lease space in the Inland Empire to detain immigrant children. Our country has a … Continue Reading


09.24.19

Rep. Takano: President Trump Must Be Impeached

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) released this statement on the impeachment of President Trump. Rep. Takano had previously announced his support for Congress to formally launch impeachment proceedings against the president in August. "In August, I called on Congress to move forward with formal impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. That call has become even more urgent following reports that the President attempted to pressure Ukraine's leader into investigating… Continue Reading


09.24.19

Rep. Takano Statement on Trump Administration’s Final Overtime Rule

Washington, DC - Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) released this statement following the U.S. Department of Labor's announcement of the finalized rule for overtime standards, which sets the new overtime salary threshold for full-time salaried workers at just $35,568 per year. The current salary threshold is $23,660 per year and was last updated in 2004. "Today, millions of American workers were left behind by the Trump Administration. The final overtime rule is inadequate and fails to truly strengthen ov… Continue Reading


09.19.19

Reps. Takano and Foster, Sens. Hirono and Tillis Introduce the Office of Technology Assessment Improvement and Enhancement Act

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Mark Takano (D-CA) and Bill Foster (D-IL) and Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Office of Technology Assessment Improvement and Enhancement Act to introduce enhancements to the existing Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) statute (2 US Code §472) to make improvements to the OTA by making it more accessible and responsive to Members' needs. "The foundation for good policy is accurate and objective analysis, and for more than two… Continue Reading


09.18.19

Rep. Takano Introduces Bill to Prevent the Trump Administration from Holding Immigrant Children In Detention Indefinitely

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), introduced The Protecting Flores Agreement Act, to prevent the Trump Administration from carrying out their proposal to overturn the Flores Settlement Agreement and permit the detention of children indefinitely while rolling back protections regarding their access to safe and sanitary conditions. "Terminating the Flores Agreement is just another tactic the Trump Administration is using to execute the President's extreme anti-immigrant agenda,… Continue Reading


09.17.19

Rep. Takano Introduces the Justice in Forensic Algorithms Act to Protect Defendants’ Due Process Rights in the Criminal Justice System

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) introduced the Justice in Forensic Algorithms Act of 2019 to ensure that defendants have access to source code and other information necessary to exercise their confrontational and due process rights when algorithms are used to analyze evidence in their case. This legislation will also establish standards and testing to enable a robust conversation about how these algorithms work and whether they are accurate and fair enough to be used in the… Continue Reading


09.12.19

Rep. Takano Raises Concerns and Requests Information from ICE Acting Director Following Visit to Adelanto ICE Detention Center

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) sent a letter to ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence raising concerns about conditions and procedures at the Adelanto ICE Detention Center following a visit to the facility on August 30th, 2019. In the letter, Rep. Takano said, "During my visit, I observed two troubling behaviors that require your immediate attention: (1) unsanitary conditions and an apparent failure to adhere to any medical protocols have led to the quarantine of numerous … Continue Reading


09.10.19

Rep. Takano Statement on VA Decision To Break With California Agency Tasked With Cracking Down on For-Profit Schools

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after the Department of Veterans' Affairs decided to break with the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE) tasked with looking for fraud, waste, and abuse at institutions that enroll student veterans. "I am concerned by the Department of Veterans' Affairs decision to not offer a cooperative agreement with the California State Approving… Continue Reading


08.23.19

Rep. Takano and Rep. Shalala Introduce the Student and Taxpayer Protection Act to Reinstate Gainful Employment Rule

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Flor.) introduced the Student and Taxpayer Protection Act, legislation to reinstate the gainful employment rule following the Trump Administration's elimination of the rule in July. The gainful employment rule, finalized during the Obama-era, set clear standards of accountability and transparency for all programs at for-profit institutions and non-degree programs at public and private, non-profit institutions with a … Continue Reading


08.22.19

Rep. Takano Announces Support for Congress to Formally Launch Impeachment Proceedings Against President Donald Trump

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) announced his support for Congress to formally launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. The announcement video statement can be viewed here. The video statement text can be found here and below: Hello, I'm Congressman Mark Takano. I want to take a moment to speak directly to you about an issue that has become increasingly important as our nation's democratic institutions and norms have been threatened and violated. From … Continue Reading


08.16.19

Rep. Takano Statement on Proposal to Establish a Child Detention Facility in the Inland Empire

Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following an announcement that the General Services Administration (GSA) is looking to lease space in the Inland Empire to detain unaccompanied children. "It seems like almost every day, we learn of new despicable ways President Trump is targeting immigrants, making it harder for asylum seekers to find refuge in America, and instilling fear in our communities. My Democratic colleagues in Congress and I, along with the American people, have con… Continue Reading


08.02.19

Rep. Takano Announces $15.8 Million in Federal Grants for Riverside, Perris, Jurupa Valley and Moreno Valley

Riverside, CA - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced more than $15 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Cities of Perris, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley, and the County of Riverside. The City of Perris received $908,522 in Community Development Block Grants The City of Moreno Valley received $2,932,405 in Community Development Block Grants, Emergency Solution Grants, and HOME Grants The City of Jurupa Valley received $1,203,797 in Communit… Continue Reading


07.18.19

Rep. Takano, Rep. Haaland, and More than 40 Members of Congress Demand Federal Action to Address Global Recycling Challenges

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), and more than 40 Members of Congress sent letters to the Department of Commerce and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging they take action to address the current recycling crisis being faced in response to China's "National Sword" policy, which bans the import of various plastics and unsorted mixed papers to China. For more than three decades the United States and many other countries have relied on China to accept… Continue Reading


07.16.19

Rep. Takano and Rep. Cook Launch Work for Warriors Caucus in the 116th Congress

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Paul Cook (R-Calif.) launched the Work for Warriors Caucus for the 116th Congress, a bipartisan Congressional caucus which will promote and increase awareness of California's successful Work for Warriors program, with the eventual goal of expanding the program in California and replicating it in other states. This caucus was originally established by Reps. Takano and Cook in the 113th Congress. "The Work for Warriors program in California … Continue Reading


07.12.19

Rep. Takano’s Amendment to NDAA to Improve Tracking of Non-Citizen Veterans Passes the House

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano's (D-Calif.) amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would improve tracking of non-citizen veterans passed the House. This amendment would direct the Department of Defense (DOD) to notify the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) when a non-citizen servicemember is honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces. By providing DHS with information on a non-citizen veteran's service history, more time and additional consideration could be… Continue Reading


07.11.19

Rep. Takano’s Bipartisan NDAA Amendment to Prevent Consolidation of Defense Media Activity Passes the House

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) led a bipartisan effort supported by Members of the California and Pennsylvania Congressional House Delegations to pass an amendment to the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent the Department of Defense's (DOD) efforts to consolidate Defense Media Activity (DMA). Amendment #373 requires DOD to report to Congress on its current and future plans to consolidate DMA and prohibits any funding for such consolidation until 180 da… Continue Reading


07.11.19

Rep. Takano’s Amendment to NDAA to Preserve Deportation Protections for Military Families Passes House

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano's (D-Calif.) amendment to the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent the Trump Administration from scaling back parole in place passed the House. This amendment mandates that each spouse, widow, widower, parent, son, or daughter of a member of the armed forces are eligible for parole in place. The amendment also reaffirms the importance of parole in place in preserving family unity and the Secretary's authority to exercise the prog… Continue Reading


06.28.19

Rep. Takano Statement on the Elimination of the Gainful Employment Rule

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following the Trump Administration's announcement of the elimination of the gainful employment rule, which set clear standards for all programs at for-profit institutions and non-degree programs at public and private, non-profit institutions with a track record of leaving students with mountains of student loan debt and inadequate job prospects. "The Trump Administration is greenlighting the reckless use of federal student f… Continue Reading

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