Press Releases

02.01.23 • Press Release

Ranking Member Takano Announces Vice Ranking Member and Subcommittee Assignments and Ranking Members for the 118th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Mark Takano (CA-41) announced the Vice Ranking Member and Subcommittee assignments for the 118th Congress, following the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Democratic Caucus Organizing meeting."I welcome the leadership and enthusiasm of the newly selected Vice Ranking Member, Subcommittee Ranking Members, and Subcommittee members for the 118th Congress,” said Ranking Member … Read More

01.26.23 • Press Release

Ranking Member Takano Welcomes Democratic Members to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for the 118th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement welcoming the Democratic members who will serve on the Committee during the 118th Congress.“I am thrilled to extend a warm welcome to the Democratic members who will be serving on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for the 118th Congress,” said Ranking Member Takano. “We have a diverse group of new and returning … Read More

01.26.23 • Press Release

Ranking Member Takano Statement on VA's Success in Housing more than 40,000 Homeless Veterans in 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it had permanently housed over 40,000 homeless veterans in 2022 – exceeding the Department’s goal of housing 38,000 veterans in 2022.“I applaud VA, Secretary McDonough, and VA’s dedicated staff for surpassing their goal in housing veterans experiencing … Read More

01.23.23 • Press Release

Ranking Member Takano Statement on Nomination of Joshua Jacobs to be VA Under Secretary for Benefits

RIVERSIDE, CA – House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after President Biden’s nomination of Joshua Jacobs for Under Secretary for Benefits:“In the face of House Republicans’ proposed funding cuts to programs that would have a direct impact on veterans, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) needs a strong and steady hand at the helm,” said Ranking Member Takano. "In his … Read More

01.13.23 • Press Release

Ranking Member Takano Applauds VA Implementation of New Program to Care for Veterans Experiencing Suicidal Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that, starting on January 17, 2023, veterans experiencing an acute suicidal crisis can receive no-cost emergency mental health care at VA or non-VA healthcare facilities. This new benefit is the result of Rep. Takano's COMPACT Act, which was signed into law in December of … Read More

01.12.23 • Press Release

Ranking Member Mark Takano Announces Veterans Priorities for the 118th Congress

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced his priorities for the 118th Congress. These priorities continue to concentrate on the gains made throughout the 116th and 117th Congresses and House Democrats’ commitment to delivering results for America’s veterans.“As the new Republican Majority finds itself mired by intraparty squabbles, House Democrats are united in our commitment … Read More

01.11.23 • Press Release

Ranking Member Takano’s Statement on VA’s Move to Waive Copays for Eligible American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member Mark Takano (D-Calif.), released the statement below following the Department of Veterans Affairs’ decision to waive all copays for eligible American Indian and Alaska Native veterans:   "The Committee’s Democrats welcome VA's action waiving copays for eligible Native American and Alaska Native veterans. In the 116th Congress, Democrats – led by Rep. Gallego – recognized the high rate of service by Native … Read More

01.10.23 • Press Release

Incoming Ranking Member Takano Congratulates Representative Bost on his Election to Chairman of the House Commitee on Veterans' Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, incoming Ranking Member Mark Takano (D-Calif.), released the following statement congratulating Representative Mike Bost (R-Ill.) on being elected Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs: “I want to congratulate Representative Mike Bost for being elected Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs,” said incoming Ranking Member Takano. “Having worked with Representative Bost during the 117th Congress when … Read More

01.09.23 • Press Release

Ranking Member Takano's Statement on House Republicans’ Rules Package That Harms Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), lead Democrat on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the House Republican majority passed its Rules package for the 118th Congress: “Today’s vote on the Rules package is proof that the new Republican majority is more than willing to renege on our country’s promise to care for our veterans,” said Congressman Takano. “Just as I warned last … Read More

12.23.22 • Press Release

House Passes FY 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Bill, Includes Over $300 Billion to Support Veterans and Their Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Consolidated Appropriations bill, which includes an unprecedented $300 billion to help the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) support veterans and their families. The funding provided to VA will expand access to services for veterans and will boost oversight and accountability across the Department.“The $300 billion provided to VA in this year’s appropriations bill is demonstrative … Read More

12.22.22 • Press Release

House Caps End of Year By Passing Three More Bills for Veterans Before Holidays

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that honors the life and service of Colonel Mary Louise Rasmuson and Representative Mike Levin’s (D-Calif.) bill to extend COVID remote learning measures to other emergencies to ensure students can easily access and maintain their earned G.I. bill and other education benefits. This bill also includes Representative Lizzie Fletcher's bill to expand eligibility for disabled veterans to obtain vehicles … Read More

12.20.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Statement on the Fiscal Year 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Bill

RIVERSIDE, CA – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Consolidated Appropriations bill, a bill that includes over $300 billion in funding to support veterans and their families – the largest budget ever for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These resources will expand access to services for veterans and will boost oversight and accountability across the … Read More

12.15.22 • Press Release

House of Representatives Passes Chairman Takano’s VA Employee Fairness Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, the House of Representatives passed House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano’s (D-Calif.) VA Employee Fairness Act. Chairman Takano’s bill would bring parity to the federal workforce by restoring full collective bargaining rights for VA Title 38 healthcare professionals, including registered nurses, physicians, dentists, and physician assistants. “For our country to ensure that veterans receive the … Read More

12.14.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks at Full Committee Legislative Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) delivered opening remarks at the full Committee's legislative hearing on a discussion draft of Majority Whip James E. Clyburn's VA Housing Loan Forever Act, a bill that addresses historical racial inequities as a result of veterans of color being blocked from accessing their earned benefits.  Click here to watch Chairman Takano's remarks. Chairman … Read More

12.13.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks at Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity's Roundtable on Guard and Reserve Parity

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) delivered remarks at the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity's roundtable on Guard and Reserve parity issues.    Chairman Takano’s remarks as prepared:  Thank you Chairman Levin for inviting me to participate in this roundtable discussion today on Guard and Reserve parity issues.  We live in a new age of national defense where we utilize the total force … Read More

12.13.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks at Full Committee Hearing on VA's Fourth Mission

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) delivered remarks at the full Committee hearing examining the role of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chairman Takano’s remarks as prepared:  Since March 2020, leaders from VA’s Veterans Health Administration and Office of Emergency Management have had to continuously develop and redevelop the … Read More

12.12.22 • Press Release

VIDEO RELEASE: Chairman Takano Reminds Toxic-Exposed Veterans of Their PACT Act Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, as part of the Department of Veterans' Affairs PACT Week of Action, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following video PSA reminding toxic-exposed veterans of their new benefits under his Honoring our PACT Act, which was signed into law in August.  Watch Chairman Takano's video here.   Chairman Takano’s script as prepared:  Hi, I’m Mark Takano, Chairman of the … Read More

12.07.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: “Now that the hard work of passing [the Honoring our PACT Act] into law is over, the hard work of implementing it begins.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) delivered opening remarks at the full Committee's hearing on his Honoring our PACT Act, entitled,  "Fulfilling our PACT: Ensuring Effective Implementation of Toxic Exposure Legislation."  Watch Chairman Takano's remarks here.   Chairman Takano’s remarks as prepared:  Once again, good morning to everyone joining us today for this … Read More

12.01.22 • Press Release

House Passes 5 Bills to Honor and Support Veterans and their Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed five bills to support and honor veterans by expanding maternal healthcare for women veterans, increasing outreach and access for tribal veterans, expanding clothing benefits for disabled veterans and improving long-term healthcare options for veterans. The House also continued to honor the bravery and sacrifices of servicemembers by renaming the VA outpatient clinic in Greenville, South Carolina the "Lance Corporal Dana … Read More

11.30.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Leads Congressional Delegation to Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Iraq, and Lebanon Over Thanksgiving Holiday

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after leading a Congressional delegation to Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Iraq, and Lebanon over the Thanksgiving Holiday work period. The delegation follows trips abroad in 2019 and 2021 to spend Thanksgiving with forward deployed servicemembers and their families and included Representatives Colin Allred (D-Tex.), Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), and Katie Porter … Read More

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