Press Releases

February 07, 2023

Rep. Takano Announces Richard Valdez as Guest to the State of the Union

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has announced veteran advocate Richard Valdez as his guest to the State of the Union. “I am honored to have a constituent and proud Marine, Richard Valdez, join me as my guest to the State of the Union. Richard has dedicated his life to serving our country and advocating for veterans in our community,” said Rep. Mark … Continue Reading

February 02, 2023

Reps. Takano and Rutherford Relaunch the Congressional Deaf Caucus in the 118th Congress

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Mark Takano (D-CA) and Representative John Rutherford (R-FL) released the following statement after relaunching the Congressional Deaf Caucus in the 118th 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 Deaf and hard of hearing constituents, as well as promoting equal access to government for all.  “I’m … Continue Reading

February 02, 2023

Rep. Takano Statement on Republican Resolution on Socialism

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement on House Concurrent Resolution 9.  “This resolution is not about socialism. It is about political cynicism. It is empty posturing from a flailing majority that peddles outrage because it has no positive agenda to offer the American people. No one in this chamber would defend the atrocities committed by Communist ideologues such as Mao Zedong or Fidel Castro – or dismiss the … Continue Reading

January 30, 2023

Reps. Takano, Tokuda, Sens. Hirono, Duckworth Introduce Legislative Package Honoring Fred Korematsu on His Birthday

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Jill Tokuda (D-HI), Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after introducing a bicameral package of bills honoring civil rights icon Fred Korematsu on the anniversary of his birthday. A biography of Fred Korematsu can be found here. “Fred Korematsu stood up for the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were forcibly relocated and interned during World War II. A fierce advocate … Continue Reading

January 26, 2023

Rep. Takano Offers Amendments to Protect Federals Lands from Exploitation and Drilling

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement on three amendments he will offer to amend the Strategic Production Response Act.  “The Strategic Production Response Act serves the interest of Big Oil, subverting policies that help lower gas prices for the American people and undermining the Administration’s ability to tap into the strategic petroleum reserve, all while opening up more Federal lands to exploitation by private sector … Continue Reading

January 13, 2023

Rep. Takano Introduces Korean American VALOR Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, on the 120th Anniversary of Korean American Day, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, reintroduced the Korean American Vietnam Allies Long Overdue for Relief (VALOR) Act, bipartisan legislation that would create a pathway for Korean American Vietnam veterans to access VA healthcare. Rep. Takano introduced the legislation with Representatives Young Kim (R-CA), Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Brian Fitzpatrick … Continue Reading

January 12, 2023

Reps. Takano, Bonamici Introduce Bill to Reduce Hunger Among College Students

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, Representatives Mark Takano (D-CA) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) introduced legislation to help college students experiencing hunger. The Opportunity to Address College Hunger Act would require institutions of higher education to inform students in the Federal Work Study (FWS) program that they may qualify for SNAP benefits. Institutions would also give qualifying students official documentation of their eligibility, … Continue Reading

January 09, 2023

Rep. Takano, Superintendent Gomez Announce Nearly $3 Million for Riverside County Student Mental Health Services

RIVERSIDE, CA – Today, Representative Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Edwin Gomez, Ed.D. released the following statement announcing that nearly $3 million in Fiscal Year 2022 School-Based Mental Health Services grant funding was awarded to the Riverside County Office of Education to increase the number of credentialed mental-health providers available to serve Riverside County students. Rep. Takano voted to appropriate funding for this grant program … Continue Reading

January 07, 2023

Rep. Mark Takano is Sworn in to the 118th Congress

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after being sworn in to the 118th Congress. This will be his sixth term in office, representing California’s 39th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.   “It is an immense privilege to represent California’s 39th Congressional District and serve my home community in Congress,” said Rep. Mark Takano. “I look forward to … Continue Reading

December 23, 2022

Rep. Takano Announces $30.5 Million in Community Project Funding for 41st District

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement and announced that all fifteen of his Community Project Funding (CPF) requests, totaling $30,578,944, were included in the Fiscal Year 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Bill that passed the House today.    “I’m excited to yet again bring home critical federal funding for Riverside through the Community Project Funding process, delivering transformational assistance to our … Continue Reading

December 16, 2022

Reps. Takano, Cicilline, and Cohen Introduce Resolution Condemning President Trump’s Calls to Terminate U.S. Constitution

Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Mark Takano (D-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI), and Steve Cohen (D-TN), introduced a resolution strongly condemning former president Donald J. Trump’s calls to terminate the U.S. Constitution.  “Nearly two years ago, Donald Trump dealt a violent blow to the process of the peaceful transfer of power, questioning the legitimacy of our election results and inciting a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol,” said Rep. Mark Takano. … Continue Reading

December 14, 2022

Reps. Takano, Garcia, Pappas, Jones, Porter, and Evans and Sens. Schatz, Blumenthal, and Hirono Introduce the Right to Private Conduct Act

Washington, DC - Today, Representatives Mark Takano (D-CA), Sylvia Garcia (D-TX), Chris Pappas (D-NH), Mondaire Jones (D-NY), Katie Porter (D-CA), and Dwight Evans (D-PA), and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced the Right to Private Conduct Act, a bill to protect the rights to privacy and liberty granted by the Supreme Court decision Lawrence v. Texas. This legislation would prevent any person acting under color of State … Continue Reading

December 08, 2022

Rep. Mark Takano Statement on Respect for Marriage Act Passage

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following the House passage of the Respect for Marriage Act. This bill repeals the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, enshrines marriage equality for federal law purposes and provides additional marriage protections at the state level.?The Respect for Marriage act now goes to President Biden's desk to be signed into law. "As the first openly gay Member of color elected in history, enactment of the Respect for Marriage Act … Continue Reading

December 08, 2022

Reps. Takano, Schiff Call on Elon Musk to Tamp Down Hate Speech on Twitter

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) delivered a letter to Twitter CEO Elon Musk urging him to take action to combat the rise in dangerous hate speech on Twitter. "Although you tweeted that one of your goals as Chief Executive Officer of Twitter was strong content moderation on the platform, the results of your leadership have been the opposite," write Takano and Schiff. "Multiple reports have shown that since you became CEO in … Continue Reading

December 06, 2022

Reps. Takano, Lofgren, Nadler, Correa, Vargas, and Ruiz Celebrate Passage of Veteran Service Recognition Act

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Mark Takano (CA-41), Zoe Lofgren, (CA-19), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Lou Correa (CA-46), Juan Vargas (CA-51), and Raul Ruiz (CA-36) released a statement on the House passage of the Veteran Service Recognition Act to prevent the deportation of veterans by making the naturalization process easier for active duty servicemembers, establishing a review process for noncitizen veterans, servicemembers, and their families, and creating an opportunity for deported veterans … Continue Reading

December 05, 2022

Rep. Takano Announces $23 Million Grant Awarded to Riverside County Department of Health

Riverside, CA - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced a $22,604,360 grant awarded to the County of Riverside Department of Public Health through the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Strengthening U.S. Public Health Infrastructure, Workforce, and Data Systems grant program. Partially funded through the American Rescue Plan, these funds will help health departments ensure they have the people, services, and systems they need to promote and protect health in their communities, including … Continue Reading

November 17, 2022

Rep. Takano Statement on Speaker Pelosi

Washington, DC - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), released the following statement today after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced she will not seek re-election to Democratic leadership: "With a full heart I congratulate the indomitable Nancy Pelosi on her 20 years of leadership in the Democratic Caucus upon the announcement of her decision not to run for leadership re-election. Nancy is a visionary leader, a polished negotiator, and a trusted mentor. "I am eternally grateful for … Continue Reading

November 11, 2022

2022 Veteran’s Day Remarks

Good morning! Thank you, veterans, and thank you families of veterans. Thank you military service members whether active, reserve, or national guard. Thank you military families. Thank you to this community and this nation that remembers your service and sacrifice on behalf of American democracy and the ideals of freedom and equality on this Veterans Day. We occupy briefly this sacred and hallowed resting place to remember service and sacrifice—We remember those who died in battle or … Continue Reading

October 24, 2022

Rep. Takano Statement on Continued Support for Ukrainian Self-Determination

Washington, DC - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), released the following statement today regarding his continued support for President Biden's policies towards Ukraine: "Since the moment Russian President Vladimir Putin endangered the safety of people across the globe by launching an unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine, I, along with President Biden, have remained steadfast in support of the Ukrainian people. "Thanks to the President's leadership, the world has rallied unprecedented … Continue Reading

July 14, 2022

Rep. Takano Statement on House Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023

Washington, DC - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following the House passage of H.R. 7900, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY2023). The NDAA authorizes $850 billion - or $37 billion above the President's budget request - in discretionary spending to support Department of Defense (DoD) programs. "The FY23 NDAA must be designed to strengthen our national defense operation and continue to build our strong, diverse military," said Rep. Mark … Continue Reading

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