Press Releases

01.13.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Announces Full Committee Roundtable on Toxic Exposure

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif) announced that the full Committee will host a roundtable on efforts to address toxic exposure next Wednesday, January 19 at 2:00 pm EST.    “It’s a new year, but I have not relented one bit on my promise to pass legislation to finally recognize toxic exposure as a cost of war this Congress. That’s why I’m grateful for the opportunity … Read More

01.12.22 • Press Release

House Passes Rep. Levin’s Guard & Reserve GI Bill Parity Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1836, as amended, the Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021 introduced by Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Chair Rep. Mike Levin (D-Calif.) with 287 bipartisan votes. The National Guard and Reserve has been utilized at unprecedented levels over the past two years to respond to crises around the country. However, these servicemembers do not accrue the same GI Bill benefits as … Read More

01.12.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: "It’s time for every day in uniform to count"

WASHINGTON, D.C—Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif) delivered remarks on the House floor in support of Rep. Levin’s bill, H.R. 1836, as amended, the Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021. This legislation rectifies a disparity by ensuring that every day National Guard and Reserve members spend in uniform—including training days—counts toward vital GI Bill benefits.      See … Read More

12.14.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Meets with Speaker Pelosi, Secretary McDonough on Historic Honoring our PACT Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif) met with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough, and Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fl.) and Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Calif.) to discuss the urgent need to fulfill our promises to our nation’s veterans, talk about the path forward on recognizing toxic exposure as a cost of war, and pass the bipartisan Honoring our PACT … Read More

12.09.21 • Press Release

House, Senate Veterans’ Affairs Leaders Join Forces to Bolster VA’s Medical Supply Chain, Make Responsible Use of Taxpayer Dollars

Washington, D.C. – House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee leaders Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-Ill.), Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), ​and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) are pushing to increase the resiliency of Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) medical supply chain and make responsible use of taxpayer dollars.  “We write to urge you to initiate an updated needs analysis and revised plan to properly align the … Read More

12.08.21 • Press Release

House Passes REMOTE Act to Continue Supporting Student Veterans during COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5545, as amended, the Responsible Education Mitigating Options and Technical Extensions Act or REMOTE Act introduced by Rep. David Trone (D-Mary.), Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), and Rep. Mike Levin (D-Calif.). This legislation extends vital protections for student veterans secured by Chairman Takano's Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act last year by extending remote learning waivers and ensuring that full housing … Read More

11.25.21 • Press Release

The Visit to Taiwan of Representatives Takano, Mace, Allred, Slotkin, and Jacobs

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC), Representative Colin Allred (D-Tex.), Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), and Representative Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) will visit Taiwan from November 25-26, 2021, as part of a larger visit to the Indo-Pacific region. The congressional delegation will meet with senior Taiwan leaders to discuss U.S.-Taiwan relations, regional security, and other significant … Read More

11.25.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano, Delegation Celebrate Thanksgiving with Servicemembers & Veterans in South Korea

Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and the bipartisan congressional delegation shared Thanksgiving meals with servicemembers and veterans currently living in South Korea. Chairman Takano was joined by Reps. Nancy Mace (R-SC), Colin Allred (D-Tex.), Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), and Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) as part of the Committee's delegation to Japan and South Korea. "As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving this year, it is an important gesture for Members … Read More

11.19.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano to Lead Bipartisan Thanksgiving Congressional Delegation to Visit Servicemembers & Veterans in Asia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced he will lead a bipartisan congressional delegation over the Thanksgiving holiday to visit servicemembers and veterans in Japan and South Korea beginning on Friday, November 19.  “As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year and give thanks to all who have served our nation, it is my honor to lead a bipartisan congressional delegation to visit our American … Read More

11.19.21 • Press Release

Build Back Better Act Passes the House

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act of 2021, which includes vital investments to update VA’s aging infrastructure, its workforce, and the support structures that serve our veterans. “Many VA hospitals are over 50 years old, and it’s clear there are places where the infrastructure of these … Read More

11.18.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: "Voting against this legislation would mean turning our backs on our most sacred promise to our nation’ veterans"

WASHINGTON, D.C—Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif) delivered remarks on the House floor in support of the Build Back Better Act of 2021.    Full video of Chairman Takano’s remarks   Chairman Takano’s remarks as prepared:      I rise today in support of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs' contribution to the Build Back Better Act of … Read More

11.18.21 • Press Release

Takano, Tester, Moran Push VA to Clarify New Guidance on GI Bill Rule to Protect Student Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – To better protect student veterans nationwide, House Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) are urging Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough to review and clarify recent changes to the 85/15 Rule as well as work with schools to ensure VA’s new guidelines are implemented correctly, without interruption to … Read More

11.16.21 • Press Release

House Passes 8 Bipartisan Bills for Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C— Today, the House of Representatives passed eight bipartisan bills brought to the floor by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. This legislation will support student veterans, improve maternal healthcare for veterans, require additional transparency of VA’s Electronic Health Record Modernization project, and more in line with Chairman Takano’s priorities. This builds on the passage of five … Read More

11.15.21 • Press Release

House Passes Five Bipartisan Bills for Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C— Today, the House of Representatives passed five bipartisan bills brought to the floor by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in line with Chairman Takano’s priorities.        “Last week, we celebrated Veterans Day, and I’m so glad my colleagues joined me today to back up our ‘thank you’s’ with the passage of five bipartisan bills to serve our nation’s … Read More

11.12.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Responds to Troubling Department of Defense Inspector General Report on Suicide Prevention

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to the new report from the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General entitled, “Evaluation of the Department of Defense’s Implementation of Suicide Prevention Resources for Transitioning Uniformed Service Members.” “I am disappointed to learn that pursuant to an Executive Order issued in 2018, DoD did … Read More

11.11.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Applauds VA’s Veterans Day Announcement on Toxic Exposure, Urges Comprehensive Legislative Solution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) applauded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough's announcement that VA will begin a pilot of a new "comprehensive military exposure model" to consider possible relationships of in-service environmental hazards to medical conditions as it decides new presumptions. This new model will leverage scientific data from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine … Read More

11.11.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano on Veterans Day: “The best way we can honor veterans’ service to our country is through action”

Washington, D.C.— Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif) released the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day:      Watch Chairman Takano’s full video statement here.     “Today is much more than a federal holiday. Today is a day of celebration – a day to properly honor the service of veterans from all walks of … Read More

11.04.21 • Press Release

Ahead of Veterans Day, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Advances 18 Bills to Support Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C- Today, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a Full Committee Markup and passed 18 bills, many with bipartisan support. This legislation will provide parity for Guard and Reserve members, bolster VA's research capabilities, support student veterans, promote justice for women veterans, and study the inequities LGBTQ+ veterans face in line with Chairman Takano's priorities. "With Veterans Day just around the corner, we advanced 18 bills today to support our nation's … Read More

11.04.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks Before Markup on 18 Bills

Washington, DC- Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks at the Full Committee markup on 18 bills that will ensure parity for Guard and Reserve members, support student veterans, bolster VA's research efforts, and study the iniquities LGBTQ+ veterans face. Full Video of the Chairman's Remarks. Chairman Takano's Remarks as prepared: With Veterans Day just around the corner, we meet today to advance legislation that will … Read More

11.04.21 • Press Release

ICYMI: Chairman Takano: “It is time to update VA’s infrastructure”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last night, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered remarks in support of the Build Back Better Act of 2021 before the House Rules Committee. Learn more about the veterans provisions included here. Full Video of the Chairman's remarks Chairman Takano's remarks as prepared: Good Afternoon, Chairman McGovern and Ranking Member Cole. I am here today in support of The Build Back Better Act of 2021. As Chairman of the … Read More

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