Press Releases

11.11.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano on Veterans Day: “We are doing more than saying ‘Thank you for your service’”

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) released the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day: "This Veterans Day, we are doing more for our veterans than simply saying 'Thank you for your service.' When I became Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, I vowed to match that thank you with action. "100 years since Veterans Day first began, House Democrats have kept their promise to our veterans by holding more than … Read More

11.05.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Announces Roundtable to Discuss H.R. 3495, the Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) released the following statement to announce a roundtable on the Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act next week: "One week ago, I promised that our Committee would host a roundtable followed by a legislative hearing to allow sufficient time to fully consider the provisions and impact of the Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act. Next week, I will deliver on this promise by scheduling our roundtable. … Read More

10.30.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: “Native veterans must be a priority VA-wide”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered remarks before the Subcommittee on Health's oversight hearing entitled "Native Veterans' Access to Healthcare. Here is a video of Chairman Takano's opening statement and his remarks as prepared below: Subcommittee on Health Congresswoman Brownley meets with tribal leaders and their representatives. Good Morning. I want to thank Chairwoman Brownley for holding this important hearing. And I … Read More

10.29.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: “House Republicans just walked out on women veterans”

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano released the following statement after the full Committee markup where the Committee passed all 10 bills despite Republicans walking out and refusing to vote on the Deborah Sampson Act: "House Republicans just walked out on women veterans by refusing to vote on an historic and monumental bill to extend care and benefits included in the Deborah Sampson Act. "My Republican colleagues had a seat at the table … Read More

10.24.19 • Press Release

Takano, Pappas: “VA’s whistleblower office has failed to do its most important job”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano and Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations Chairman Chris Pappas released the following statement after the Inspector General (IG) released their report on their investigation into VA's Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP) titled "Failures Implementing Aspects of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017": "The Inspector General report leaves little doubt … Read More

10.16.19 • Press Release

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Passes Six Bipartisan Bills Out of Committee

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a full Committee markup passing all six bills on the agenda and showing full commitment to improving veterans' lives by ensuring GI Bill benefits are protected from predatory for-profit schools, providing legal services for homeless veterans, addressing key high risk areas within VA, improving transparency, and protecting business opportunities for veterans. A full list of bills passed can be found below: A.N.S. to … Read More

10.15.19 • Press Release

House Passes Four Bipartisan Bills for Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives passed all four bills on the floor from the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs getting results for veterans by giving homeless veterans and their families the financial assistance they need, making VA's websites more accessible, and ensuring our veterans are remembered and memorialized with honor. A full list of the four bills passed can be found below: H.R. 95, (Rep. Brownley) To amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that … Read More

10.11.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: “Our veterans are our country’s greatest ambassadors”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) released the following statement after leading the Committee's Congressional Delegation to Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines, and the Northern Mariana Islands: "For too long, veterans throughout US territories and the Pacific have been overlooked. Not only are these islands strategically important for our defense capabilities, but they have some of the highest rates of military participation in our … Read More

10.01.19 • Press Release

Takano, Roe Challenge Congress to Collect, Preserve Veterans’ Stories

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) challenged all Members of Congress to participate in the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project (VHP) before this year's Veterans Day (November 11, 2019). By asking Members to submit at least one of their veteran constituents' stories, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hopes to build up VHP's records and ensure these stories are heard. "We can think of no better way to honor the … Read More

09.30.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Leads Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to South Pacific to Meet with Veterans, Tour VA Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Cali.) is announcing a bipartisan congressional delegation, beginning October 1st through the 11th, to the Philippines, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, American Samoa, and Hawaii. On this trip, Members will have an opportunity to meet with VA and military leadership, VSO leaders, servicemembers, and veterans themselves to gain first-hand insight into how veterans and servicemembers who live outside of the … Read More

09.26.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Addresses Sexual Assault at DC VAMC, Calls for Department-Wide Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) toured the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center, met with VA leadership, and spoke with women veterans in an effort to address sexual assault and harassment on VA campuses. Chairman Takano is continuing his call for action after Committee staffer and Senior Policy Advisor for the Women Veterans Task Force, Andrea Goldstein, experienced a sexual assault at the Washington D.C. VA last Friday. Disabled … Read More

09.24.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Calls on Administration to Start Processing Claims for Eligible Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) joined Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in calling for the administration to start processing claims for eligible Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans. Video of the event can be found here. Below are remarks as prepared: "In June, we celebrated a landmark achievement and passed the Blue Water Navy Act of 2019 to finally grant benefits to the tens of … Read More

09.20.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Reaction to New VA Data on Veteran Suicide

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) released the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs released their new data detailing suicide rates among veterans in 2017. "As Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, I've made addressing veteran suicide my top priority-- but these numbers make it clear we're not doing enough. This new data reaffirms the urgent need for Americans to immediately act to address … Read More

09.20.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: “We Cannot Leave These Veterans Behind”

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, two years after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) continued to call on VA to strengthen disaster preparedness and emergency response efforts and guarantee that no veteran is left without a plan in the event of a natural disaster. VA has a responsibility to ensure they care for the more than 90,000 veterans who live on these islands during a natural disaster. But in … Read More

09.18.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano on 49,000 VA Vacancies: ”These staffing challenges are not insurmountable”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks before the full committee oversight hearing entitled "How Barriers To Hiring At VA Affect Patient Care And Access." Additionally, the Committee reauthorized the Women Veterans Task Force chaired by Congresswoman Julia Brownley. Below is a link to the video of the Chairman's opening statement and his remarks as prepared: Good afternoon. I call this hearing to order. Today's … Read More

09.13.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano, Ranking Member Tester Urge VA to Quickly Implement Court Decision & Reimburse Veterans for Emergency Care Claim Errors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA) and Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-MT) applauded this week's federal court ruling in Wolfe v. Wilkie, which found the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) unlawfully denied payment for hundreds of thousands of veterans whose other health insurance did not fully cover emergency care they received at non-VA facilities. Chairman Takano and Ranking Member Tester today urged VA to … Read More

09.11.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: “We are called to remember— continue our commitment to those who have served.”

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) joined volunteers at the 'Carry the Load' Day of Service at the Alexandria National Cemetery to thank those who spent the day remembering those we've lost since 9/11 by cleaning the cemetery headstones and grounds. Full text of Chairman Takano's remarks below: Good morning-- thank you for inviting me here this morning on this somber day. First, I want to take a moment to recognize Colonel Danny … Read More

09.10.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano, Congressman Pappas Announce Hearing In Response to Arkansas, West Virginia VA Issues

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-California) and Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations Chair Chris Pappas (D-New Hampshire) announced a subcommittee hearing this fall to address credentialing, privileging, and reporting after troubling allegations of incidents at VA facilities in Arkansas and West Virginia. "The shocking reports from West Virginia and Arkansas call into question whether VA is equipped to identify clinicians who are … Read More

09.10.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Statement on VA Decision to Break With California Agency Tasked With Cracking Down on For-Profit Schools

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the Department of Veterans' Affairs decided to break with the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE) tasked with looking for fraud, waste, and abuse at institutions that enroll student veterans. "I am concerned by the Department of Veterans' Affairs decision to not offer a cooperative agreement with the California State Approving Agency … Read More

09.01.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: VA Should Mark National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month with a Nation-Wide Stand-Down

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following video statement to mark the beginning of National Suicide Prevention Awareness month and reiterate his call for a VA wide stand-down to address the crisis of veteran suicide. Full text of the video statement below: I am Congressman Mark Takano, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Today marks the beginning of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month-- and … Read More

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