Press Releases

07.26.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Applauds VA Move to Require COVID-19 Vaccines for Care Providers

WASHINGTON, D.C -Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) praised VA Secretary McDonough's decision to require COVID-19 vaccines for all Title 38 VA providers-- including physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, registered nurses, physician assistants, expanded-function dental auxiliaries, and chiropractors-- in the following statement. "I firmly support Secretary McDonough's decision to require COVID-19 vaccines for all Title 38 VA providers. … Read More

07.21.21 • Press Release

Takano, Bost, & Mrvan Introduce the VA Electronic Health Record Transparency Act

WASHINGTON, D.C - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-Ill.), and Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Chairman Frank J. Mrvan (D-Ind.) introduced the VA Electronic Health Record Transparency Act after today's Subcommittee hearing. Following two major Inspector General reports detailing significant issues with VA's Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) project, this legislation will force VA to account for all … Read More

07.21.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Praises Settlement Agreement between VA and AFGE

WASHINGTON, D.C -Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) praised the settlement agreement between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the labor union representing the largest number of the agency's employees, in the following statement. "This agreement is a major step toward re-establishing stronger worker rights and protections for all VA employees. I applaud AFGE and VA for finding common … Read More

07.21.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Announces Hearing on the Recruitment of Veterans by Domestic Violent Extremist Groups

WASHINGTON, D.C -Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced a hearing entitled, "Domestic Violent Extremist Groups and the Recruitment of Veterans." The hearing, based on the Committee's investigation that started last fall, will focus on understanding who domestic violent extremist groups like the Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, Proud Boys, and others are, why they target veterans, and how the Committee can help these veterans. The hearing will take … Read More

07.08.21 • Press Release

Chairman Mrvan, Takano Announce Committee Hearing on VA’s EHRM Progress Following IG Reports

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Chairman Frank J. Mrvan (D-Ind.) and Full Committee Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statements after the release of two Inspector General reports on VA's Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) Program entitled "Unreliable Information Technology Infrastructure Cost Estimates for the Electronic Health Record Modernization Program" and "Training Deficiencies with … Read More

06.24.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano’s Bipartisan Honoring our PACT Act Passes through Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C -Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) made the following statement after his landmark legislation, H.R. 3967, the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2021 or the Honoring our PACT Act passed in the Full Committee Markup. With 25 original cosponsors-including all HVAC Democrats-- and the support of 9 Veteran Service Organizations, this critical bipartisan legislation will comprehensively address toxic exposure. Watch … Read More

06.24.21 • Press Release

House Passes Rep. Brownley’s Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act

WASHINGTON, D.C- Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 239, the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act, introduced by House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health Chairwoman Julia Brownley. This legislation passed through the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs with bipartisan support and passed the House unanimously last Congress, but failed to pass on the House floor last week after the Family Research Council mobilized the Freedom Caucus against the bill. … Read More

06.21.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Announces Committee Markup on Bipartisan Honoring our PACT Act

WASHINGTON, D.C -Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced a Full Committee Markup on his landmark legislation, H.R. 3967, the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2021 or the Honoring our PACT Act. With 25 original cosponsors-including all HVAC Democrats-- and the support of 9 Veteran Service Organizations, this critical bipartisan legislation will comprehensively address toxic exposure. The Committee will mark up the bill in … Read More

06.19.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Statement on Expansion of VA Care to Include Gender Confirmation Surgery

RIVERSIDE, CA -Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) issued the following statement applauding the announcement by Denis McDonough, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, that VA will begin the first steps to expand care to include gender confirmation surgery for transgender veterans. Secretary McDonough spoke at the Orlando VAMC to celebrate Pride month and mark the passage of 5 years since the Pulse nightclub shooting. Statement as follows: … Read More

06.17.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Introduces the Bipartisan Honoring our PACT Act

WASHINGTON, D.C -Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) introduced his monumental Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2021 or the Honoring our PACT Act with 25 original cosponsors-including all HVAC Democrats. This critical bipartisan legislation will finally address toxic exposure as a cost of war and is based off 15 proposals from Members on both sides of the aisle. Reps. Elaine Luria (D-Vir.), Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Calif.), Elissa … Read More

06.15.21 • Press Release

House Passes 7 Bipartisan Bills for Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C- Today, the House of Representatives passed all 8 bipartisan bills brought to the floor by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs in line with Chairman Takano's priorities. "Today, the House took strong bipartisan action to support our veterans by passing legislation that helps create a more welcoming and accessible VA, promotes women's health, and provides more rigorous oversight of both VA and VA's police force," said Chairman Takano. "I'm grateful my colleagues in the … Read More

06.11.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Introduces Legislation to Study Racial Disparities in VA Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C -Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) introduced legislationrequiring an examination of racial disparities concerning veteran benefits. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock previously introduced companion legislation in the Senate in March. This bill calls on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to assess racial disparities regarding VA disability and other benefits programs based on demographic characteristics and requires the Secretary … Read More

06.10.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Statement on the Resignation of VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. Richard Stone

WASHINGTON, D.C -Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) made the following statement after Dr. Richard Stone (Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen.) announced he is stepping down as VA Under Secretary for Health. "Dr. Stone has been an invaluable partner to me and this Committee these past few years. He worked tirelessly to help VA through an unprecedented public health crisis. Although we may have had our policy disagreements, Dr. Stone never allowed those … Read More

06.08.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: “VA’s budget proposal takes critical steps to properly fund priorities that have long needed more attention”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) gave opening remarks at the full Committee hearing entitled, "U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2022." The Committee heard from VA Secretary Denis McDonough, VA officials, and VSO leaders about the Fiscal Year 2022 budget request and how it aligns with VA's initiatives and priorities. Full video of the Chairman's remarks Chairman Takano's remarks as … Read More

06.02.21 • Press Release

With Wide VSO Support, Chairman Takano’s Honoring our PACT Act Gains Critical Momentum

WASHINGTON, D.C -Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced widespread Veteran Service Organization (VSO) support for the monumental Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2021 or the Honoring our PACT Act. Leaders from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), The American Legion (TAL), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of … Read More

05.27.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: “VA’s ability to deliver timely, high-quality care is directly tied to the quality and quantity of its capital assets.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks before the full Committee hearing entitled, "Investing in a Better VA: Examining the Role of Infrastructure in Veterans' Access to Care and Benefits." The Committee heard from VA officials, outside experts, and VSO leaders about the American Jobs Plan and how to build back all VA's infrastructure - the physical buildings, human capital, and systems of support that serve our … Read More

05.26.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: “It’s time America makes good on our promise to care for all veterans exposed to toxic substances”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) held a press conference to unveil the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2021 or Honoring our PACT Act. Chairman Takano was joined by Committee Members Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Vir.), Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Calif.), and Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), advocates Jon Stewart and John Feal, and VSO leaders from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., Disabled American Veterans, … Read More

05.25.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano, Mrvan Statement on VA’s OIG Report Detailing Financial Mismanagement of EHRM Project

WASHINGTON, D.C -Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Chairman Frank J. Mrvan (D-Ind.) released the following statements after VA's Inspector General released its report entitled, "Deficiencies in Reporting Reliable Physical Infrastructure Cost Estimates for the Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) Program". "For the past three years, our Committee has repeatedly requested these EHRM cost … Read More

05.20.21 • Press Release

Maloney, Comer Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging Defense Department to Assist National Archives with Addressing Backlog of Veterans’ Records

Washington D.C. (May 20, 2021)-Today, Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney and Ranking Member James Comer; Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerald E. Connolly and Ranking Member Jody Hice; National Security Subcommittee Chairman Stephen F. Lynch and Ranking Member Glenn Grothman; House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano and Ranking Member Mike Bost; Economic Opportunity Subcommittee Chairman Mike Levin; and Disability Assistance and Memorial … Read More

05.20.21 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Announces Committee Hearing on Infrastructure and American Jobs Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C -Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced a full Committee hearing on the American Jobs Plan and how we can build back VA's infrastructure-- the physical buildings, human capital, and systems of support that serve our veterans. The full Committee hearing entitled, "Investing in a Better VA: Examining the Role of Infrastructure in Veterans' Access to Care and Benefits" will take place on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 2:30 PM ET with … Read More

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