Press Releases

February 15, 2024

BLACK BOX ALGORITHMS’ USE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM TACKLED BY BILL REINTRODUCED BY REPS. TAKANO AND EVANS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Penn.) reintroduced the Justice in Forensic Algorithms Act of 2024 to ensure defendants’ rights are not stripped away as more and more investigations and prosecutions use black-boxed algorithms. People are being convicted without having the chance to see or challenge the source code that’s being used against them — a trend that will only grow as these technologies become more widespread. “The United States has a … Continue Reading


January 30, 2024

Rep. Takano Announces Nearly $5.5 Million in Clean Manufacturing Research Funding in Riverside County

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Representative Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced the funding of two research projects to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the development of decarbonization technologies. The $5.45 million in funding was granted by the Department of Energy’s Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office and seek to cut energy use with the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. The University of California, Riverside received $1,450,000 to decarbonize forest … Continue Reading


January 19, 2024

Rep. Takano Denounces Prime Minster Netanyahu’s Rejection of a Two-State Solution

Representative Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest rejection of a two-state solution: “Prime Minister Netanyahu’s statements yesterday in opposition to a two-state solution not only jeopardize security in the Middle East and the lives of Israelis and Palestinians, but also directly go against the long standing position ofthe United States. Throughout my time in Congress, I have advocated for a two-state … Continue Reading


December 12, 2023

Rep. Takano Delivers Over $23 Million in Infrastructure Upgrades in Riverside and Moreno Valley

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced that three projects in Riverside, Moreno Valley, and the Inland Empire have received a total of $23 million from the Department of Transportation’s Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program. The three projects receiving funding are: MoVal Supplementary Safety Improvement Plan, Phase II, Moreno Valley, CA ($572,000) South Main Street Complete Streets Project, Riverside, CA ($11,104,807) Southern California … Continue Reading


December 08, 2023

Rep. Takano Calls for a Bilateral Ceasefire in Gaza

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement calling for a bilateral ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.  “I am heartbroken by the end of the limited ceasefire that was negotiated and extended in late November, which allowed for the exchange of hostages and prisoners and delivered much-needed humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. The creation of a lasting peace in Israel and Palestine requires a restoration of the bilateral ceasefire in Gaza, … Continue Reading


December 06, 2023

Reps. Takano, McBath, Hayes, Bowman, Thompson Introduce Workforce Development Bill to Support Community Colleges

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Representatives Mark Takano (CA-39), Lucy McBath (GA-7), Jahana Hayes (CT-5), Jamaal Bowman (NY-16), and Mike Thompson (CA-4) introduced legislation to provide American students and workers educational opportunities and prepare them for success in their careers. The Training, Retention, and Investment Now (TRAIN) Act expands and makes permanent the Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants program at the Department of Labor (DOL), which provides funding to … Continue Reading


November 30, 2023

Rep. Takano Leads House Democrats in Urging Biden Admin to Finalize Title IX Rule

Washington, D.C. -Today, Rep. Mark Takano, Co-Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus (CEC), and Rep. Lois Frankel, Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC), led a letter with more than 60 of their House Democratic colleagues urging the Biden Administration to finalize the Title IX rules following a concerning delay. “It is our understanding that these proposed rules were scheduled to be finalized last month, and we are concerned about the delay,” wrote the lawmakers. “For years, … Continue Reading


November 17, 2023

Takano, Bonamici, Bowman, Hayes Call for Divisive “Parental Rights” Language to Be Removed from NDAA

WASHINGTON, DC  - Today Representatives Mark Takano (D-CA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), and Jahana Hayes (D-CT) led 23 colleagues in calling for language imposing so-called “parental rights” requirements on public schools run by the Department of Defense to be removed from the proposed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24). “This section would impose burdensome, unnecessary, and redundant requirements on public schools funded and managed by … Continue Reading


November 17, 2023

Rep. Takano Statement on Ethics Report on Rep. George Santos

RIVERSIDE, CA -- Representative Mark Takano (D-Calif) released the following statement on the Ethics Committee report on Representative George Santos. “I have read the report of the Investigative Subcommittee of the House Committee on Ethics regarding the conduct of Representative George Santos.  Its findings and conclusion are damning. “While the Committee stopped short of adopting a Statement of Alleged Violation, which would be the next step toward the full Committee on Ethics issuing a … Continue Reading


November 14, 2023

Rep. Takano Urges EPA to Hold Warehouse Polluters in the Inland Empire Accountable

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Yesterday, Representative Mark Takano (D-CA) led a public comment letter along with Inland Empire Representatives Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Pete Aguilar (D-CA) to urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize a proposed approval which would allow the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) Warehouse Actions and Investments to Reduce Emissions (WAIRE) Program to be federally enforceable. South Coast AQMD’s WAIRE Program requires warehouses in … Continue Reading


November 13, 2023

President Biden Signs the Korean American VALOR Act into Law

Washington, D.C. -- Today, President Biden signed into law the Korean American Vietnam Allies Long Overdue for Relief (VALOR) Act, sponsored by Representatives Mark Takano (D-CA), Young Kim (R-CA), Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Tom Cole (R-OK), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), Grace Meng (D-NY) Andy Kim (D-NJ), and Judy Chu (D-CA). Since 1958, through its Allied Beneficiary Program, the Department of Veterans … Continue Reading


November 09, 2023

Rep. Takano Leads Bipartisan Push to Guarantee Overtime for Truckers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) joined Congressman Jeff Van Drew (NJ-2), Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), and Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA) in introducing the Guaranteeing Overtime for Truckers Act. This legislation would eliminate the current existing exemption in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 that exempts truckers from receiving overtime compensation.  “Truckers have been left out of overtime opportunities due to archaic standards,” said Congressman Mark … Continue Reading


November 07, 2023

Rep. Takano Leads Public Comment Letter Praising DOL’s Proposed Overtime Rule

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), House Committee on Education and Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), Workforce Protections Subcommittee Ranking Member Alma Adams (D-NC), Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-IL), Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), and Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) submitted a public comment letter to Department of Labor showing strong support of the … Continue Reading


November 02, 2023

Rep. Takano Statement on the Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act. “In a painful and precarious moment at home and abroad, I was hopeful for the House to produce and pass a bipartisan solution to the challenges facing our nation and our allies, one that could make its way through the Senate and to the President’s desk. This is not that. “I support our ally Israel in its right to exist and meeting its pressing security … Continue Reading


October 25, 2023

Rep. Takano Statement on Mike Johnson’s Election to Speaker of the House of Representatives After Four Failed Attempts, MAGA Extremist Handed Gavel

Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement following the election of Rep. Mike Johnson as Speaker of the House of Representatives. “After three weeks of complete chaos and inaction that ground Congress to a halt, the House Republican Conference has allowed their extreme MAGA members to set the agenda and hand select Mike Johnson as the next Speaker of the House. Mike Johnson is a proud and fervent election denier, a friend of the extreme religious right, … Continue Reading


October 24, 2023

Rep. Takano Announces UCR-Led Consortium as Recipient of Department of Commerce Strategy Development Grant

RIVERSIDE, CA --  The Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration announced the selection of the Lithium Valley Clean Tech Strategy Development Consortium for a Strategy Development Grant. The Consortium, selected out of a pool of over 100 projects, is led by the University of California, Riverside and seeks to implement sustainable extraction methods of lithium. This will strengthen and position the Inland Empire as a leader in a national lithium-based energy supply … Continue Reading


October 20, 2023

Rep. Takano Statement on Senate Passage of his Korean American VALOR Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the Senate unanimously passed his Korean American Vietnam Allies Long Overdue for Relief (VALOR) Act. This bill passed the House of Representatives in May and now heads to President Biden’s desk.  “I am thrilled by the overwhelming bipartisan support across both chambers for Korean American Vietnam veterans who fought alongside American … Continue Reading


October 13, 2023

Rep. Takano Joins Letter Condemning Hamas Attacks, Urging Protection of Innocent Civilian Lives

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) joined Reps. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Mark Pocan (WI-02), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), James P. McGovern (MA-02) and 50 of their colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken. The letter condemned the terrorist attacks by Hamas against the people of Israel, called for Israeli military operations to follow the rules of international humanitarian law, and urged for the continuation of work toward peace in the … Continue Reading


October 13, 2023

Rep. Takano Announces California-Based Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems (ARCHES) as Department of Energy Funding Finalist

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced that the California-based Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems (ARCHES) has been selected as a Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub (H2Hub) by the Department of Energy. Selection by the Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) begins the process of negotiations to secure an estimated $1.2 billion in federal funding secured by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The California Hydrogen Hub will … Continue Reading


October 07, 2023

Rep. Takano Condemns Terrorist Attack on Israel

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Representative Mark Takano released the following statement regarding the Hamas attacks on Israel: "I fully condemn the surprise attack on Israel by Hamas terrorist. I will be monitoring the situation on the ground and fully support Israel in its right to defend itself against such violence. My condolences go out to the families of those who have already lost their … Continue Reading

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