Press Releases

10.06.20

Rep. Takano Wins Democracy Award for Exemplary Public Service

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) received a Democracy Award, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF)'s distinctive honors program recognizing non-legislative achievement in operations and constituent service by congressional offices and Members of Congress. Rep. Takano has been selected for his outstanding accomplishments in Innovation and Modernization, a category that recognizes offices employing unique or innovative methods in their constituent interactions, communica… Continue Reading


10.05.20

Rep. Takano Introduces Legislation to Hold Law Enforcement Officers Accountable for Attacks on the Free Press

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) introduced The Attacks on Free Press Transparency Act to create an electronic system within the Department of Justice (DOJ) for members of the press to report violent interactions with law enforcement. The bill addresses the blatant lack of information on law enforcement and their interactions with the press and will help ensure that if law enforcement agencies intentionally target members of the press to prevent them from reporting on the matt… Continue Reading


10.01.20

Rep. Takano Statement on House Passage of Updated Heroes Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following the passage of the updated Heroes Act. "For months, my colleagues and I have been working to deliver on our commitment to providing relief to millions of people while responding to the health and economic catastrophe caused by COVID-19. Today, I voted in support of the updated Heroes Act, a $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief package that builds on this commitment to protect lives, livelihoods, and the life of our… Continue Reading


09.16.20

Rep. Takano and Rep. Vargas Send Letter to ICE Acting Director Following Reports of a Lack of COVID-19 Testing for Detainees

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Albence following a formal complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California regarding a lack of COVID-19 testing for detainees at the Adelanto Detention Center. In the letter, the Representatives state, "An official from the GEO Group, the company that manages Adelanto, made the public claim on May … Continue Reading


09.04.20

Rep. Takano Statement on Trump Comments Regarding Fallen Servicemembers

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following an article in The Atlantic claiming President Donald Trump made disparaging comments about fallen servicemembers. "The claims made by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic are jarring to read, yet, they would seem credible in light of what President Trump has said about veterans in the past. He ridiculed the late Senator John McCain for being shot down as a pilot during the Vietnam War. He has never apologized for… Continue Reading


08.22.20

Rep. Mark Takano Statement on House Passage of Delivering for America Act

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Mark Takano (CA-41), released this statement following the passage of the Delivering for America Act in the House. This legislation would provide $25 billion in funding for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and prohibit the USPS from implementing any changes to the operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020, until the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. "President Donald Trump and his megadonor Postmaster General Louis DeJoy are sabotaging the… Continue Reading


08.21.20

Reps. Takano, Aguilar, and Torres Demand Answers from Postmaster General DeJoy About Potential Operations Changes at San Bernardino Processing and Distribution Center

Riverside, CA - Today, Representatives Mark Takano (CA-41), Pete Aguilar (CA-31), and Norma J. Torres (CA-35) sent a letter to Postmaster General DeJoy expressing concerns about how changes at the U.S. Postal Service could affect operations at the San Bernardino Processing and Distribution Center located at 1900 West Redlands Boulevard, Redlands, California. This distribution center services U.S. Post Offices in cities located in the Representatives' districts and throughout the Inland Empire. … Continue Reading


07.29.20

Reps. Takano and Vargas Send Letter to ICE Adelanto Detention Center Warden on the Use of Toxic Chemical in the Facility

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) sent a letter to ICE Adelanto Detention Center Warden, James Janecka, following reports of immigrant detainees falling ill and suffering ailments in the wake of the widespread use of a chemical disinfectant being used to combat the spread of COVID-19 at the detention facility. In the letter, the Representatives state, "Reports have circulated claiming staff have indiscriminately applied the cleaning agent in com… Continue Reading


07.22.20

Rep. Takano Statement on House Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021

Washington, DC - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following yesterday's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. The NDAA authorizes $732 billion in discretionary spending for our national defense, which will strengthen our security and advance our leadership in the world. "This legislation will contribute to our national defense strategy by promoting a more diverse and inclusive military and giving servicemembers a raise they deserve," s… Continue Reading


07.21.20

Rep. Takano’s Bipartisan Amendment to Prevent the Consolidation of Defense Media Activity and Protect 300 Jobs at March Air Reserve Base Included in NDAA

Washington, DC - Rep. Mark Takano's (D-Calif.) bipartisan amendment to prohibit the Department of Defense's (DoD) consolidation of Defense Media Activity (DMA) and protect roughly 300 jobs at March Air Reserve Base (MARB) in Moreno Valley was adopted in the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2021. "The ongoing efforts by the Department of Defense to consolidate Defense Media Activity pose a serious threat to our strategic military advantage, and to the livelihoods of the hundreds of empl… Continue Reading


07.21.20

Rep. Takano’s Bipartisan Amendment to Close the 90-10 Loophole and Protect Servicemembers’ Education Benefits from Predatory For-Profit Institutions Included in NDAA

Washington, DC - Today, the House voted to adopt Rep. Mark Takano's (D-Calif.) amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, which would close part of the 90-10 loophole and protect servicemembers' education benefits from for-profit institutions by making DOD Tuition Assistance count as federal educational assistance funds for the purposes of the 90-10 rule. "For far too long, the 90-10 loophole has led to the exploitation by for-profit colleges of education b… Continue Reading


07.01.20

Rep. Takano Statement on House Passage of Infrastructure Package to Create Millions of Jobs, Fight Inequality, and Confront the Climate Crisis

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following the passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, in the House of Representatives. The Moving Forward Act will invest more than $1.5 trillion to rebuild America's infrastructure while creating millions of jobs, combating the climate crisis, and addressing the long-standing social and racial disparities that exist throughout the country. "The Moving Forward Act is the kind of forward-thinking approach we need to t… Continue Reading


06.29.20

Rep. Takano Urges Riverside County Board of Supervisors to Issue Strong Local Public Health Orders Amid COVID-19 Surge

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement urging the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and the Riverside County Public Health Officer to issue strong and enforceable local public health orders amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in the county and following reports that hospital ICUs are at 98.7% capacity. "ICU beds in Riverside County are 98.7% full. This shocking statistic should alarm everyone in our community, and it should force us to assess what steps w… Continue Reading


06.25.20

Rep. Takano Statement on House Passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 in the House, a comprehensive, transformative piece of legislation to reform our justice system. "Addressing the racism that is so deeply-rooted in our institutions will not be fixed with sentiment alone, it is going to require bold legislative action. We have lost many innocent Black lives due to police brutality and racial profiling, and the law… Continue Reading


06.15.20

Rep. Takano and Rep. Vargas Send Letter to ICE Acting Director on Reports of Improper Use of Toxic Chemicals to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Albence following reports of immigrant detainees falling ill and suffering ailments in the wake of the widespread use of a chemical disinfectant being used to combat the spread of COVID-19 at the Adelanto Detention Center. In the letter, the Representatives state, "Troubling reports have surfaced in light of an official complaint r… Continue Reading


06.15.20

Rep. Takano Statement on SCOTUS Decision Affirming Non-Discrimination Protections for LGBTQ+ People in the Workplace

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following a 6-3 decision from the Supreme Court affirming that LGBTQ+ workers are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 2012, Rep. Mark Takano became the first openly gay person of color elected to Congress. "For the past few weeks, the LGBTQ+ community has been fearfully awaiting this decision. Today, we celebrate this historic ruling and the progress we have made toward equal… Continue Reading


06.12.20

Congressional Leaders Condemn Trump Administration Assault on ACA’s Anti-Discrimination Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leaders of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, and Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus released the following statement today condemning the finalized Trump administration rule that rolls back Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which protects individuals seeking health care services, including comprehensive reproductive health care, from discrimination on the basis o… Continue Reading


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

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