Press Releases

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


October 02, 2023

Rep. Takano Statement on the Appointment of Laphonza Butler to the United States Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Mark Takano (D-CA), Co-Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus and the first openly gay person of color elected to Congress, released a statement following the appointment of Laphonza Butler to the United States Senate to complete the term of the late Senator Dianne Feinstein. “For the first time in our nation’s history, queer people of color have representation in both chambers of Congress. As the first out person of color to serve in Congress, I am … Continue Reading


September 29, 2023

Rep. Takano Statement on the Passing of Senator Dianne Feinstein

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) released the following statement on the passing of Senator Dianne Feinstein. “I am deeply saddened by the passing of California’s senior Senator, the indomitable Dianne Feinstein. “Long famed for her bipartisan relationships in the Senate, I know Senator Feinstein for her intentional work building bipartisan relationships at the local level, particularly throughout the Inland Empire. Her work protecting our water resources and the California desert … Continue Reading


September 27, 2023

ICYMI: Rep. Takano Calls on Speaker McCarthy for No Cuts, No Layoffs, and No Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - Last week, Rep. Mark Takano, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, joined Congressional Progressive Caucus colleagues to call on Speaker Kevin McCarthy to avoid a harmful government shutdown.  Watch Rep. Takano’s full remarks here. Rep. Takano’s transcribed remarks are below: Thank you, Chair Emeritus, Mark Pocan. My name is Mark Takano. I am the Vice-Chair for Policy for the Congressional Progressive Caucus. I also serve as the Ranking Member of … Continue Reading


September 26, 2023

Reps. Takano, Casten, Foster, Beyer Emphasize Need for Broader Technical Competence in Congress in Letter to House Admin Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Reps. Mark Takano (D-CA), Sean Casten (D-IL), Bill Foster (D-IL), and Don Beyer (D-VA) sent a letter to the Committee on House Administration Subcommittee on Modernization urging members to examine current gaps in science and technology (S&T) support that GAO provides, and explore alternative options beyond GAO for enhancing Congress’ S&T support and capabilities such as the Office of Technology Assessment. This letter comes in advance of the Subcommittee’s … Continue Reading


September 20, 2023

Reps. Takano, Jacobs, and Sen. Blumenthal Reintroduce Legislation to Create Commission on LGBTQ Servicemembers, Veterans, and Members of the Uniformed Services

Washington, D.C. - Today, on the 12th anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Representative Mark Takano (CA-39), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and Co-Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus, Representative Sara Jacobs (CA-51), and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) reintroduced the Commission?on Equity and Reconciliation in the Uniformed Services Act, a bill establishing a commission to investigate the historic and ongoing impacts of discriminatory … Continue Reading


August 30, 2023

Reps. Takano, Adams Statement on Proposed Rule to Expand Overtime Pay to 3.6 Million Workers

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Mark Takano (CA-39) and Alma Adams (NC-12), Senior Members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee and authors of the Restoring Overtime Pay Act, released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor unveiled a proposed rule to update the federal overtime regulations.  “The Biden-Harris Administration has taken a reasonable step forward today to address an inconceivable reality: millions of Americans are currently excluded from the … Continue Reading


August 30, 2023

Reps. Takano, Adams Statement on Proposed Rule to Expand Overtime Pay to 3.6 Million Workers

Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Mark Takano (CA-39) and Alma Adams (NC-12), Senior Members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee and authors of the Restoring Overtime Pay Act, released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor unveiled a proposed rule to update the federal overtime regulations.  “The Biden-Harris Administration has taken a reasonable step forward today to address an inconceivable reality: millions of Americans are currently … Continue Reading


August 10, 2023

Rep. Takano Statement on First Anniversary of the PACT Act

RIVERSIDE, CA – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Mark Takano (CA-39) released the following statement on the first anniversary of President Biden signing Ranking Member Takano’s Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022 into law. “One year ago, Congress sent to President Biden’s desk the most comprehensive legislation to date to treat toxic exposure as a cost of war and ensure that all toxic-exposed veterans can … Continue Reading


August 09, 2023

Ranking Member Takano and VA Under Secretary for Health Elnahal Visit VA Loma Linda

RIVERSIDE, CA— Yesterday, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Mark Takano (CA-39) and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Shereef Elnahal, visited the VA Loma Linda Health Care System. Together, they met with the local VA leadership team and union leaders, held a veteran roundtable, and conducted two VA employee town halls. They also visited the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans' Hospital, the VA Ambulatory Care Center, and … Continue Reading


July 27, 2023

Reps. Takano, Casten, Foster, Beyer, and Sen. Luján Work to Modernize Technology Access and Knowledge in Congress

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Reps. Mark Takano (D-CA), Sean Casten (D-IL), Bill Foster (D-IL), Don Beyer (D-VA), and Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) reintroduced the Office of Technology Assessment Improvement and Enhancement Act. This bill will strengthen the existing authorization for the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) by structuring the office to be more responsive and accessible to Members’ needs. For more than twenty years, the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), an … Continue Reading


July 26, 2023

Rep. Takano Statement on New Four-Day Workweek Findings

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement on a new report from 4 Day Week Global. The report, released after the extended monitoring of US and Canadian businesses participating in a shortened workweek pilot program, confirmed previous findings that the four-day workweek reduces burnout and improves employee satisfaction while maintaining or improving revenue. “4 Day Week Global’s latest study make the urgent need for my Thirty-Two … Continue Reading


July 20, 2023

Rep. Takano Statement on the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the House passage of the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act. “Maintaining America’s gold standard in aviation is essential as we work to bolster safety and investment in our aviation infrastructure. I’m pleased to have voted yes for bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration for the next five years. “This legislation … Continue Reading


July 14, 2023

Rep. Takano Statement on House Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the House voted 219-210 to advance H.R.2670, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24). The NDAA is an annual defense policy bill, which authorizes $874 billion in discretionary spending to support Department of Defense (DoD) programs.  “While the FY24 NDAA is intended to strengthen our military and build on our defense operations, it has been coopted to … Continue Reading

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