Press Releases

04.15.21

Rep. Takano and Rep. Case Reintroduce the Let It Go Act to Stop Personal Use of Campaign Funds After the Campaign Ends

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) and Rep. Ed Case (D-HI) introduced the Let It Go Act to limit how long former political candidates can hold on to campaign funds while presenting them the option to return the money to donors, donate it to charity, or transfer to another candidate - all permissible uses under current election law. "Americans are tired of corruption in Washington, they want to see change," said Rep. Mark Takano. "The Let It Go Act will help ensure that left over campaig… Continue Reading


04.15.21

Rep. Mark Takano Announces Funeral Assistance for Californians Who Lost Loved Ones to COVID-19

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced that FEMA began accepting applications for funeral assistance for Californians who lost loved ones to COVID-19. The funeral assistance program was included in the American Rescue Plan to provide retroactive reimbursements of up to $9,000 per burial, and up to $35,000 if applying for multiple burials. "COVID-19 has claimed more than 560,000 precious lives in our country alone, and while no amount of money can heal the loss of a loved … Continue Reading


04.14.21

Rep. Mark Takano Statement on President Biden’s Plan to Withdraw Troops from Afghanistan by September 11th

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following President Biden's announcement that he plans to withdraw all remaining troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. "I strongly support President Biden's decision to withdraw all of our troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. In the nearly 20 years that we've been at war with Afghanistan, America has spent trillions of dollars, and the cost to families who have lost a loved one has been unimaginable.… Continue Reading


04.14.21

Rep. Mark Takano Reintroduces the Prevention of Anti-Immigrant Violence Act to Protect Non-Citizen Victims of Hate Crimes

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) reintroduced the Prevention of Anti-Immigrant Violence Act in the 117th Congress. This bill aims to protect non-citizen victims of hate crimes by expanding the breadth of the U visa program and preventing their detention or deportation until their case has been adjudicated. It also provides funding to assists law enforcement agencies and groups that help protect and help victims of hate crimes to improve responses to hate crimes, promote better… Continue Reading


04.08.21

Reps. Takano and Evans Reintroduce the Justice in Forensic Algorithms Act to Protect Defendants’ Due Process Rights in the Criminal Justice System

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Penn.) reintroduced the Justice in Forensic Algorithms Act 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 e… Continue Reading


03.26.21

Rep. Mark Takano Statement on Racist Letters Mailed to Riverside Nail Salon

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following reports of a nail salon in Riverside receiving anonymous, racist letters in the mail targeting their Asian American employees. "I was horrified and disgusted after reading the anonymous, racist, hate-filled letter sent to Top 10 Nails & Spa in Riverside - I was also infuriated and I condemn this racist act. The letter explicitly and unashamedly contains the slurs and stereotypes that the Asian American comm… Continue Reading


03.25.21

Reps. Takano, Adams, Scott and Sen. Brown Urge Secretary Walsh to Restore Overtime Pay Protections for Millions of Workers

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), sent a letter to Secretary Marty Walsh urging the Department of Labor to take strong action to restore overtime pay protections for millions of workers. In the letter they state, "In 2016, the Obama Administration's DOL finalized a rule (Obama Rule) that would have increased the salary threshold to the 40th percentile of earnings of full-time, salaried workers in t… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Rep. Takano Applauds Biden Administration’s Action on Borrower Defense Claims

"I applaud Secretary Cardona for taking this important and necessary action, which will provide 72,000 defrauded student loan borrowers with the full debt relief they are legally entitled to. For years, I have been a strong advocate for full debt forgiveness for these borrowers - because they were entitled to it after the Department of Education found that ITT Technical Institute and Corinthian Colleges cheated and defrauded them. Now, these borrowers and their families can breathe a sigh of rel… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Rep. Mark Takano Statement on the House Passage of the American Dream and Promise Act

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following the passage of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, in the House of Representatives. This legislation allows U.S.-raised immigrant youth known as Dreamers - individuals enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program - to earn lawful permanent residence and American citizenship. Additionally, H.R. 6 includes protections and a pathway to citizenship for Temporary Protected Status (TP… Continue Reading


03.10.21

Rep. Mark Takano Statement on the Final Passage of the American Rescue Plan

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following the final passage of the American Rescue Plan, a bold and robust COVID-19 relief package. "One year ago, the coronavirus pandemic upended our lives and unleashed devastation in communities across America. Since then, we have suffered great loss as a nation and Americans are ready to turn the page on this difficult chapter. To do that, we must follow public health guidance and make investments that will help fa… Continue Reading


03.03.21

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

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a comprehensive, transformative piece of legislation to hold law enforcement accountable and reform our justice system. "Months after millions of Americans took to the streets to protest the horrific murders of George Floyd and so many innocent, unarmed Black men and women at the hands of police officers, the House has once again passed the George Floyd … Continue Reading


03.03.21

Chairman Mark Takano, Rep. Anthony Brown, and Senator Blumenthal Announce Legislation to Create Commission on LGBTQ Servicemembers and Veterans

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Chair of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and co-Chair of the Equality Caucus, and Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD) introduced the Commission on LGBTQ Servicemembers and Veterans Act in the House, legislation that would establish a commission to conduct an investigation into the historic and ongoing impacts of discriminatory military policies and practices on LGBTQ servicemembers and veterans. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) will be introducing… Continue Reading


02.26.21

Rep. Mark Takano Statement on the Passage of the American Rescue Plan

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following the passage of the American Rescue Plan in the House, President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. "The coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis it has caused have upended our lives and millions of people in Riverside County and across the nation are hurting. By passing the American Rescue Plan, we can help people endure these compounding crises and put our country on a path to recovery. "… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Rep. Mark Takano Statement on the Passage of the Equality Act

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement on the House passage of the Equality Act. Rep. Takano is a co-Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and in 2012 he became the first openly gay person of color elected to Congress. "Over the past few years, we have seen progress being made to establish rights for LGBTQ+ people in America. Marriage equality is a right nationwide and last year the Supreme Court extended protection from discrimination to LGBTQ+ people in the wo… Continue Reading


02.24.21

Rep. Takano and Rep. Evans Reintroduce 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.), reintroduced 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 people face to reintegrating back into the community. "Ens… Continue Reading


02.19.21

Rep. Mark Takano Reintroduces the Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act

Riverside, CA - Today, on the Day of Remembrance for Japanese American internment, Representative Mark Takano (D-CA), reintroduced the Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act to prohibit the imprisonment or detainment of American citizens solely on the basis of race, religion, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability. This legislation establishes clear legal protections to prevent atrocities such as the internment of Japanese Americans during World … Continue Reading


02.18.21

Chairman Takano, Reps. Vargas and Grijalva Introduce Comprehensive Legislative Package to Prevent the Deportation of Veterans

Riverside, CA - Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41), Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51), and Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-3) reintroduced?the?Veteran Deportation Prevention and Reform Act to prevent noncitizen veterans from being deported, improve tracking of noncitizen veterans in immigration proceedings, and bring certain eligible deported veterans back home. This bill was originally introduced in the 116th Congress. "It's a disgrace that veterans are falling through the cracks of our broken immigration… Continue Reading


02.16.21

Rep. Mark Takano and Rep. John Rutherford Relaunch the Congressional Deaf Caucus in the 117th Congress

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Representative John Rutherford (R-Fla.) relaunched the Congressional Deaf Caucus in the 117th Congress. Reps. Takano and Rutherford will serve as co-chairs of this bipartisan caucus dedicated to bridging the communication divide between Members of Congress and their respective Deaf and Hard of Hearing constituents, as well as empowering these individuals by promoting equal access to government for all. "Serving as co-chair of t… Continue Reading


02.12.21

Reps. Takano and Foster lead Members in Sending Letter to House CAO Requesting Security Assessment of Capitol Technology Infrastructure Following the Jan. 6 Insurrection

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) and Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) led a group of Members in sending a letter to the Chief Administrative Officer and the Acting Chief Information Officer of the House raising concerns about the potential threat the January 6th insurrectionists presented to House technology infrastructure. In the letter, the Member say, "On January 6, 2021, insurrectionists successfully infiltrated the Capitol complex and compromised the security and integrity of informat… Continue Reading


02.09.21

Rep. Takano Praises Inclusion of Provision to Close the “90-10 Loophole” in the Latest COVID-19 Relief Package

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, praised the inclusion of a provision that would close the "90-10 loophole" which allows predatory for-profit educational institutions to exploit veterans and waste the GI Bill benefits veterans have earned in the latest COVID-19 relief package. "Predatory for-profit colleges have taken advantage of the '90-10 loophole' to cheat veterans and servicemembers out of their education benefits while … Continue Reading

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