Press Releases

06.23.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Applauds House Passage of His Bipartisan STRONG Veterans Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs (HVAC) Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement following House passage of his bill, the Support The Resiliency of Our Nation’s Great Veterans Act – or STRONG Veterans Act:   "Preventing veteran suicide and strengthening veterans’ mental health and wellbeing remains a top priority not only of VA, but also of this Committee. It is our belief that caring for … Read More

06.22.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano, Mrvan Issue Joint Statement on Troubling Issues with VA’s Electronic Health Record

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and HVAC Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Chairman Frank Mrvan issued the statement below following the release of draft OIG findings obtained by the media which reveal serious patient safety risks within the Cerner Millennium Electronic Health Record used across VA.     “Although we are still waiting for the VA’s Office of Inspector General to … Read More

06.16.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano on Senate Passage of PACT Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the statement below following the Senate passage of the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022 which makes revisions to his Honoring Our Promise To Address Comprehensive Toxics Act Of 2021 Or Honoring Our PACT Act, which originated in the House of Representatives as H.R. 3967. "A few months ago the House of Representatives took the historic first step of … Read More

06.02.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Leads Congressional Delegation Over Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after leading a bipartisan Congressional delegation over the Memorial Day holiday to honor fallen servicemembers buried abroad, meet with currently serving members of the U.S. Armed Forces to develop informed policies that serve veterans and their families, and show support for regional allies. The bipartisan delegation included Representatives Amua Amata Coleman … Read More

05.30.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano on Memorial Day 2022: “We must always remember those who have given their lives in service to our country, and honor their sacrifice by working to create a more perfect America.”

Chairman Takano's full statement: Hi, I'm Chairman Mark Takano. This Memorial Day, join me in honoring the servicemembers who selflessly served, but sadly never returned home. Throughout our country's history, members of our armed forces have come from all walks of life bound together by a common sense of patriotic duty to defend the country that they love, even when, at times, it did not love them back. Despite the personal struggles many Black, Asian, Hispanic, women, Native, and … Read More

05.24.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano On Senate Release Of Toxic Exposure Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran's (R-Kans.) release of the senate version of Chairman Takano's Honoring Our Promise To Address Comprehensive Toxics Act Of 2021 Or Honoring Our PACT Act. "I am happy to see that Senator Tester and Moran were able to build on the bipartisan momentum made in the U.S. House of Representatives only … Read More

05.18.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Applauds House Passage of 9 More Veterans Bills Ahead of Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, as Memorial Day approaches, and as the country prepares to honor the memories of our fallen servicemembers, the House of Representatives passed 9 bipartisan bills that will support women veterans, strengthen the VA Office of Inspector General, increase access to breast cancer screenings, and improve the claims process for survivors of military sexual trauma (MST). These bills follow yesterday's series of bills and are part of the House … Read More

05.18.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Statement on Senate Agreement To Advance His Historic Toxic Exposure Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran’s (R-Kans.) agreement on advancing Chairman Takano’s Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022.   “For too long, Congress and VA have been slow to act on toxic exposure—but I am … Read More

05.17.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Applauds House Passage of 10 Veterans Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the House of Representatives passed 10 bipartisan bills brought to the floor by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. These bills honor the legacies of prominent veterans – including former Senator Daniel Akaka – and improve how student veterans access their earned benefits. The bills would also increase transparency and accountability in the complaint process at VA Medical Centers.   “Today, my colleagues from both … Read More

04.28.22 • Press Release

Chairman Delivers Remarks at Hearing on VA Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C—Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif) delivered opening remarks at the Full Committee Hearing on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2023. This year’s request provides for an 11.3% increase over 2022’s funding and demonstrates this Administration’s firm commitment to our nation’s veterans.      Full video of Chairman Takano’s remarks can be … Read More

04.27.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Introduces REMOVE Copays Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif) introducedH.R. 7589, the Reduce and Eliminate Mental Health Outpatient Veteran Copays Act or REMOVE Copays Act. This legislation will remove the financial barrier to VA mental healthcare for enrolled veterans by eliminating all copays for a veteran’s first three outpatient mental health appointments each year. This bill is part of a larger push by the Biden-Harris … Read More

04.06.22 • Press Release

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Advances 17 Bipartisan Bills to Support Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a full Committee Markup and advanced 17 bills with strong bipartisan support. These bills will help ensure VA can meet the needs of women veterans, provide additional training for peer support specialists and help improve VA's communication with survivors of Military Sexual Trauma, expand entrepreneurship opportunities for veterans, assist student veterans, improve training and oversight … Read More

04.06.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks at Markup on 17 Bipartisan Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif) delivered opening remarks at the Full Committee Markup on 17 bipartisan bills for our nation’s veterans. The Committee will consider legislation that will help ensure VA can meet the needs of women veterans, provide additional training for peer support specialists and help improve VA's communication with survivors of Military Sexual Trauma, expand entrepreneurship … Read More

03.31.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks Before Critical Hearing on Veterans and Domestic Violent Extremism

WASHINGTON, D.C—Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif) delivered remarks at the Full Committee investigative hearing entitled: "Helping Veterans Thrive: The Importance of Peer Support In Preventing Domestic Violent Extremism.” This is the second in a series of hearings looking into domestic violent extremist groups and the targeted recruitment of veterans—today’s hearing will examine the various risk factors that … Read More

03.30.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano’s Comprehensive Honoring our PACT Act Featured at Senate Legislative Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif) made the following statement about the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs legislative hearing on his comprehensive bill, H.R. 3967, the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2021 or Honoring our PACT Act. This legislation will finally treat toxic exposure as a cost of war by addressing the full range of issues impacting toxic-exposed veterans … Read More

03.28.22 • Press Release

President Biden’s Budget Invests in our Nation’s Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after the release of President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget request. This year’s request provides for $139.1 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)—an 18.7 percent increase over 2022’s funding.    “With substantial investments in VA healthcare, benefits delivery, … Read More

03.25.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Releases Staff Report on the Recruitment of Veterans by Domestic Violent Extremist Groups, Announces Follow Up Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released a majority staff report entitled, "Report on Domestic Violent Extremist Groups and the Recruitment of Veterans.” This report is based on findings from the Committee’s October 2021 investigative hearing highlighting why domestic violent extremist groups, including the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, and Three Percenters, target … Read More

03.17.22 • Press Release

Chairmen Takano, Tester, Mrvan Statements Regarding Concerning OIG Reports on EHR

WASHINGTON, D.C —Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and HVAC Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Chairman Frank J. Mrvan (D-Ind.) released the following statements after VA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released three concerning reports stemming from allegations about the Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementation at … Read More

03.17.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: "It’s clear we need to do more to strengthen VA’s workforce"

WASHINGTON, D.C— Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif) delivered opening remarks at the Full Committee Oversight Hearing entitled, “Building a Better VA: Addressing Healthcare Workforce Recruitment and Retention Challenges”.  Full video of Chairman Takano’s remarks    Chairman Takano’s remarks as prepared:      Today’s oversight hearing is … Read More

03.09.22 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Applauds Passage of Omnibus, Urges Members to Remember our Promise to Veterans

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. 2471, an omnibus consisting of all 12 fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills and supplemental funding to support Ukraine. The omnibus includes three provisions advanced by the Committee to support our nation’s veterans.     “Along with critically important funding to keep our … Read More

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