Press Releases

09.22.20 • Press Release

House Unanimously Passes Six Bipartisan Bills for Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C- Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed all six bipartisan bills brought to the floor by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. This legislation will update VA's exclusionary motto, eliminate VA copayments for native veterans that never should have been charged, and hold VA leadership accountable for the needed fixes to VA's financial systems. A full list of bills passed can be found below: H.R. 3010- Honoring All Veterans Act (Rice, Mast): … Read More

09.17.20 • Press Release

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Passes 5 Bipartisan Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C- Today, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a Full Committee Markup passing all 5 bills on the agenda including legislation that will help reduce veteran suicide, increase transparency and oversight of VA, and extend employment protections for members of the National Guard. A full list of bills passed can be found below: A.N.S to H.R. 8247 Offered by Chairman Takano- Veterans Comprehensive, Prevention, Access to Care, and Treatment Act of 2020 (Chairman … Read More

09.14.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Announces Bicameral Agreement on House-led Veteran Suicide Prevention Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the Veterans' Comprehensive Prevention, Access to Care, and Treatment Act of 2020, or Veterans' COMPACT Act, featuring 9 provisions that complement the Senate's Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act to reduce veteran suicide. This package, which includes Chairman Takano's Veterans Acute Crisis Care for Emergent Suicide Symptoms (ACCESS) Act to ensure … Read More

09.11.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano on 9/11: “Let us uphold our commitment to a new, more diverse generation of veterans”

RIVERSIDE, CA-Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement in recognition of all the servicemembers that have stepped up to serve our nation since 9/11 and the American patriots we have lost since then: Watch Chairman Takano's full video statement here. "19 years ago, our country was forever changed when terrorists hijacked planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field outside of … Read More

09.02.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Announces 10 New Bills to Be Considered At Hearing On Veteran Suicide Prevention

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee of Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced 10 new bills introduced over the past week that will help complete the House's companion legislation to S. 785, the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act. These bills, many of which enjoy bipartisan support, would expand lethal means safety training, improve diagnosis and treatment for serious mental illness, ensure emergency room personnel institute … Read More

09.01.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Marks Beginning of Suicide Prevention Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee of Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) made the following statement to mark the beginning of Suicide Prevention Month. Full video remarks can be found here "Suicide Prevention Month is a chance to reach out to our friends, neighbors, and family members who may be experiencing a mental health crisis-- especially if these individuals are veterans," said Chairman Takano. "Each day, 17 veterans, reservists, and National Guard … Read More

08.24.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Announces Hearing on Comprehensive Veteran Suicide Prevention Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee of Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced a legislative hearing on the Veterans COMPACT Act of 2020 and the Committee's 14 additions to the bill package that will make up the House Companion to S.785, the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act. On September 10, 2020 at 10:00 am ET, the Full Committee will gather to discuss 26 bills that address veteran suicide including key fixes to the Senate's … Read More

08.24.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Applauds Two New, Bipartisan Bills to Increase Access to Veteran Suicide Prevention Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee of Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced his support for two new, bipartisan bills that will reduce veteran suicide by increasing outreach to Native veterans and ensuring every veteran has access to VA suicide prevention care. The American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans Mental Health Act introduced by Subcommittee on Health and Women Veterans Task Force Chairwoman Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), Rep. Tom Cole (R- Okla.), and Rep. … Read More

08.14.20 • Press Release

Chairs Takano, DeFazio Lead Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers in Urging a Swift Solution to Delayed Delivery of Veterans’ Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON - House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chair Mark Takano (CA-41) and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (OR-04), along with Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Alma Adams (NC-12), today urged Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie and United States Postmaster General (USPMG) Louis DeJoy to rectify reported delayed deliveries of medication to veterans in the wake of operational changes at the United States Postal Service (USPS). In a … Read More

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

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