Press Releases

08.07.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Supports Two New, Bipartisan Bills to Prevent Veteran Suicide, Expand Virtual Treatment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee of Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced his support for two new, bipartisan bills that will help prevent veteran suicide by expanding access to virtual mental healthcare and teaching critical coping strategies to veterans' families. The Veterans' Access to Online Treatment Act introduced by Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) will increase access to evidence-based, effective online treatments for mental health … Read More

07.31.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Supports New Bipartisan Veteran Suicide Prevention Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee of Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced his support for two new, bipartisan bills that align with the Committee's comprehensive seven pillar approach to prevent veteran suicide by increasing access to healthcare and identifying and supporting at-risk veterans. The VA Telehealth Expansion Actintroduced by Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Chair Susie Lee (D-Nev.) and Ranking Member Jim Banks (R-Ind.) will close gaps that … Read More

07.30.20 • Press Release

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Passes 12 Bipartisan Bills Promoting Inclusivity at VA, Update to VA’s Exclusionary Motto

WASHINGTON, D.C- Today, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a Full Committee Markup passing all 12 bills on the agenda including legislation to promote equity and inclusivity at VA, update VA's exclusionary motto, extend home loans to National Guard and Reservists, and support veterans who have become unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A full list of bills passed can be found below: H.R. 5639 - Chuck Osier Burial Benefits Act (Rep. Brindisi) A.N.S. to H.R. … Read More

07.24.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Applauds New Veteran Suicide Prevention, VA Police Reform Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee of Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced his support for two new bills that align with the Committee's comprehensive seven pillar approach to prevent veteran suicide. The VA Police Improvement and Accountability Act from Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) will provide much needed oversight of VA Police, mandate body cameras, and require key de-escalation training to help mitigate harm when interacting with veterans in crisis. The Solid … Read More

07.22.20 • Press Release

Congressional Leaders Introduce Bill to Provide Benefits to Veterans and Military Families Fighting COVID-19

Washington, D.C.- Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), along with Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kans.), the Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statements after they introduced legislation to remove barriers to Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation and survivor benefits for certain active duty servicemembers, … Read More

07.20.20 • Press Release

House Unanimously Passes Three Bipartisan Bills for Veterans Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed all three bipartisan bills brought to the floor by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee has continued its critical oversight and legislative work-the bills passed today showcase that commitment to veterans and their families by improving VA's Specially Adapted Housing assistance to help disabled veterans adapt their homes and extending lease protections for … Read More

07.15.20 • Press Release

Lawmakers to VA: “Take Necessary Action to Prevent Sexual Harassment within the Department”

Press Contact Jenni Geurink (Takano) Samantha Gonzalez (Roe) Olya Voytovich (Tester) Angela Lingg (Moran) Susan Curran (Pappas) Jen Fox (Kuster) Carina Armenta (Brownley) James Hogge (Bergman) Kelsi Daniell (Ernst) WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, following the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled "Sexual Harassment: Inconsistent and Incomplete Policies and Information Hinder VA's Efforts to Protect Employees," House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman … Read More

07.14.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano, Luria Respond to the Long Awaited VA Character of Discharge Regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D- Calif.) and Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Chair Elaine Luria (D-VA.) released the following statements regarding the new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed federal regulation to update and clarify regulatory bars to benefits based on character of discharge (COD). VA's proposed rule comes after almost four years of pushing from Veteran Service Organizations and … Read More

07.09.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Announces Support for Two New Bipartisan Veteran Suicide Prevention Bills

RIVERSIDE, CA - Today, House Committee of Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced his support for two new bipartisan bills that align with the Committee's comprehensive seven pillar approach to prevent veteran suicide. The VA Zero Suicide Demonstration Project Act of 2020 from Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Chair Susie Lee (D-Nev.) and Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) and the VA Clinical Training in Evidence-based treatments And Military (TEAM) Culture Act from Rep. … Read More

06.22.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Speaks with Reserve Officers Association to Discuss how Reservists are Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

RIVERSIDE, CA- Last week, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) spoke with Major General Jeffery Phillips (Ret.), Executive Director of the Reserve Officers Association (ROA), about Reserve and National Guard parity and how Reservists are faring throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as DoD stop movement orders disrupt servicemembers' plans. See the full conversation here. Watch the full conversation here. "Thank you for joining us Major … Read More

06.18.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano, Brownley, Rice Call on VA to Update Exclusionary Motto, Honor Women, LGBTQ Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D- Calif.), Women Veterans Task Force and Subcommittee on Health Chair Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), and Representative Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y), who introduced H.R. 3010, the Honoring All Veterans Act, led a letter calling on Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to update VA's exclusionary motto to reflect our country's growing diversity. They were joined by Reps. Lamb (D-Pa.), Sablan (D-M.P.), … Read More

06.17.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Responds to President Trump’s PREVENTS Roadmap to Combat Veteran Suicide

RIVERSIDE, CA - Today, House Committee of Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement regarding the release of the President's Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) report: "It is disappointing that the President's PREVENTS report was advanced with limited input from Veteran Services Organizations and the lawmakers charged with implementing veterans policy and working on behalf of our nation's veterans. Tepid … Read More

06.11.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: “The pandemic has exposed some alarming vulnerabilities and gaps in VA’s pandemic readiness.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered openingremarks before the first full committee hybrid hearing since the COVID-19 pandemic forced Congress to go virtual entitled, "Assessing VA's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: 90 Days Later." Despite this crisis, the Committee has never stopped working for America's veterans-since the pandemic began, the Committee has passed six bills, sent nine letters, and held four virtual forums … Read More

06.09.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Speaks with Military Officers Association of America to Discuss National Guard and Reserve Parity, VA’s Response to the Pandemic

RIVERSIDE, CA - Last week, House Committee of Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) spoke with Lieutenant General Dana T. Atkins, President of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), about VA's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, how the restructuring of DoD's medical treatment facilities has impacted MOAA members, as well as how Representative Mike Levin's Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act (H.R. 5870) can help achieve parity for members of the National Guard and … Read More

06.05.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano, Subcommittee Chair Lee Statement on GAO’s Recommendations for VA’s Electronic Health Record Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D- Calif.) and Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Chair Susie Lee (D-Nev.) released the following statements regarding GAO's new report entitled, "Electronic Health Records: Ongoing Stakeholder Involvement Needed in the Department of Veterans Affairs' Modernization Effort." This report was prepared at the request of the Committee to examine VA's process as they configure the new Cerner Electronic Health … Read More

06.04.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Speaks with CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to Discuss Veterans’ Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

RIVERSIDE, CA-- This week, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) spoke with Jeremy Butler, CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), about VA's response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as veterans' mental health, toxic exposure, and VA's push to add its exclusionary and outdated motto to all VA cemeteries. See the full conversation with Jeremy Butler here. View their full conversation here "As you know, veteran suicide prevention is my … Read More

06.02.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Speaks with National Guard Association of the United States to Discuss Impact On National Guard During Pandemic

RIVERSIDE, CA - This week, House Committee of Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) spoke with retired Brigadier General J. Roy Robinson, President of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS), about how National Guard members are serving throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and how Congress can better support them. They also discussed Representative Mike Levin's Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act (H.R. 5870) that would be an important step towards achieving parity … Read More

06.01.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Speaks with Johns Hopkins University’s Dr. Josh Sharfstein to Discuss Contact Tracing and How Veterans Can Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

RIVERSIDE, CA - Last week, House Committee of Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) spoke with Dr. Josh Sharfstein, Vice Dean of Public Health and Community Engagement at Johns Hopkins University, to discuss their innovative contact tracing training to slow the spread of COVID-19 and how veterans can get involved. This training is especially critical as veteran unemployment climbed to nearly 12 percent last month-veterans are already uniquely skilled to step up in times of crisis … Read More

05.29.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano, Tri-Caucus Call On VA to Provide Demographic Data For Minority Veterans Affected By COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) led a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie requesting additional data on the impact of COVID-19 on minority veterans and veterans of color. Chairman Takano was joined by Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Joaquin Castro, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Judy Chu, and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass in sending the letter. The Members … Read More

05.28.20 • Press Release

House Unanimously Passes Three Bipartisan Bills for Veterans Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. -Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed all three bipartisan bills brought to the floor by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee has continued to work virtually to ensure we can provide high quality care and benefits to our nation's veterans. The bills passed today showcase our commitment to veterans and their families by increasing veterans' disability compensation, allocating funds for medical facility … Read More

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