Press Releases

March 26, 2024

Rep. Takano Announces $5.1 Million in Housing Community Funding in CA-39

A Part of $12.8 Million in Total FY '24 Community Project Funding to CA-39 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement on three housing community funding projects included in the FY24 appropriations process.  “California is dealing with high rents and a low supply of affordable housing.” said Rep. Takano. “These projects will contribute to moreliving and recreational spaces in the Inland Empire, and I am particularly excited for the additional homes … Continue Reading


March 26, 2024

Rep. Takano Statement on the Funeral of David Mixner

I joined with a host of friends and family to honor the life of David Mixner, a lion of progress for LGBTQ rights and anti-war activism. We heard letters from Presidents Clinton and Biden read aloud. A talented array of musicians and vocalists performed music that David loved, including an inspiring rendition of “If I had a hammer” that captured the David Mixner I knew: “If had a hammer…I’d hammer out justice all over this land…” Any sadness and grief was overcome with the recognition of his … Continue Reading


March 26, 2024

Rep. Takano Announces $850,000 in Public Safety and Transportation Community Funding in CA-39

A Part of $12.8 Million in Total FY '24 Community Project Funding to CA-39 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement on three public safety and transportation community funding projects included in the FY 24 appropriations process.  “Safer communities and reliable transportation go hand-in-hand,” said Rep. Takano. “From monitoring sensitive areas of the Inland Empire, to improving standards within public transportation - these projects ensure that … Continue Reading


March 26, 2024

Rep. Takano Announces $3.8 Million in Water Related Community Funding in CA-39

A Part of $12.8 Million in Total FY '24 Community Project Funding to CA-39 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement on four water infrastructure community funding projects included in the FY 24 appropriations process. “The investment in Riverside County’s water infrastructure will make our community more drought resistant and sustainable in the face of raising temperatures,” said Rep. Takano. “Californians know how precious this resource is, so I … Continue Reading


March 26, 2024

Rep. Takano Announces $2.9 Million in Workforce Development Community Funding in CA-39

A Part of $12.8 Million in Total FY '24 Community Project Funding to CA-39 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement on four workforce development community funding projects included in the FY 24 appropriations process.  “Training in specialized trades and jobs is critical in keeping the Inland Empire competitive in the regional and global economy,” said Rep. Takano. “These projects representinvestment in the future of work and ensure that … Continue Reading


March 20, 2024

NEW POLL: Rep. Takano’s 32-Hour Workweek Bill Popular with Likely Voters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New independent polling from Data for Progress shows that 57% of likely voters support legislation to transition the U.S. from a 40-hour workweek to a 32-hour workweek. The polling comes on the heels of Congressman Mark Takano’s (CA-39) Thirty-Two Hour Workweek Act gaining fresh momentum with Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) introduction of a Senate companion bill last week. Key poll takeaways: ·         Independents are onboard, backing the proposal by 58%-31%. ·         … Continue Reading


March 13, 2024

Rep. Takano’s Thirty-Two Hour Workweek Act Gains Senate Companion Bill Introduced by Sen. Sanders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the Senate companion bill to Congressman Mark Takano’s (CA-39) Thirty-Two Hour Workweek Act. This legislation would reduce the standard workweek from 40 hours to 32 hours by amending the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and lowering the maximum hours threshold for overtime compensation for non-exempt employees.  “As the lead sponsor of the Thirty-Two Hour Workweek Act in the House of Representatives and a Senior Member of the … Continue Reading


March 13, 2024

Rep. Takano’s Statement on H.R. 7521 – Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement on H.R. 7521 - Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act. “Today, I voted YES on H.R. 7521 to protect Americans’ data and safeguard U.S. national security. Right now, ByteDance's ownership of TikTok means the Chinese Communist Party can access biometric information, target journalists and dissidents, and influence users’ algorithms for political ends. This status quo is … Continue Reading


March 12, 2024

Rep. Takano Statement on the Passing of David Mixner

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the passing of LGBTQ rights and peace activist, David Mixner: "I was honored to get to know David Mixner and his righteous stands through the movement to end nuclear proliferation in the 1980s and his work on behalf the LGBTQ community," said Congressman Mark Takano. "Last year, I was at a gathering of emerging LGBTQ leaders where David passed on the wisdom of a lifetime of being in the fray: Be careful … Continue Reading


March 07, 2024

Rep. Takano Invites California Veteran, PACT Act Recipient to be his Guest for the State of the Union

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), author of the PACT Act, announced his guest for the State of the Union: “I am proud to invite Juan Carlos Lopez-Mendoza to be my guest at the State of the Union. He is a California veteran and an immigrant, who served as an airborne infantryman in a NATO unit during the early 1990s. He served as a gay man under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and left because of the policy. He originally dismissed health issues related to his service, but … Continue Reading


March 04, 2024

Rep. Takano Announces Over $1 Million in Research Awards for the University of California, Riverside

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Representative Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced the funding of two projects based at the University of California, Riverside totaling over $1 millionfrom the National Science Foundation. UCR’s Division of Materials Research received a $430,000 award to fund their Research Experience for Undergraduate students (REU) program. This REU program offers students hands-on experience in experimental techniques associated with the preparation and characterization of thin film … Continue Reading


February 29, 2024

Congressional Delegation Statement on Trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Mark Takano (CA-39), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Madeleine Dean (PA-04), Sean Casten (IL-06), and Becca Balint (VT-AL), released a statement on their recent trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories and outlining changes for future U.S. policy. “What happened in Israel on October 7th was horrifying. On our recent trip to Israel, we saw firsthand the remnants of the violence that innocent people were subjected to on that dark day. … Continue Reading


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

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