Press Releases

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

09.13.19 • 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-- … Read More

08.23.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Statement on Suspicious Deaths At Clarksburg VA Medical Center

RIVERSIDE, CA - House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) today issued the statement below following reports of multiple suspicious deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia: "To think that veterans may have been victims of cruel and evil criminal behavior is incredibly disturbing. If VA was aware, it must hold supervisors accountable for failing to protect veterans and must take decisive action now to prevent such appalling … Read More

08.23.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Calls For VA-Wide Stand-down to Address Veteran Suicide

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after the VA Office of Inspector General (IG) released a report on the tragic veteran suicide at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center in March 2019. "After 3 suicides on VA property in 5 days in April, I directed this Committee to address the national crisis of veteran suicide and made it this Committee's top priority. We took immediate steps, held hearings, and … Read More

08.21.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Statement on President Trump Action Eliminating Student Loan Debt for Disabled Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Cali.) issued the following statement after President Trump announced a memorandum discharging the student debt of totally and permanently disabled veterans. "Disabled veterans have given more than their fair share in service to our country-- they should be recognized for their sacrifice. While today's announcement is laudable, it is frustrating that the Administration and Secretary DeVos have dragged their … Read More

08.12.19 • Press Release

Senate, House Leaders Demand VA Fix Emergency Care Claims Errors Impacting an Estimated 60,800 Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-MT), House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA), Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Member Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), and House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to VA today following a damning report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) outlining errors in VA's processing of non-VA emergency care claims. The OIG found … Read More

07.24.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: “We simply cannot put veterans’ lives at risk while they wait for care”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks before the full committee oversight hearing entitled "True Transparency? Assessing Wait Times Five Years after Phoenix" to address VA's "secret wait lists" on the fifth anniversary of an HVAC hearing on the Phoenix VA wait time scandal. Below is a link to the video of the Chairman's opening statement and his remarks as prepared: Good morning. I call this hearing to … Read More

07.23.19 • Press Release

Three Bills Pass the House to Deliver Key Wins for Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives passed all three bills brought to the floor by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to deliver clear results for veterans by extending the Women's Health Transition Training program, requiring VA to provide materials in Spanish and Tagalog, and making key improvements to the specially adapted housing (SAH) grant program. Full list of passed legislation: 1.H.R. 2942, (Rep. Cisneros) To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry … Read More

07.23.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Questions VA Decision to Delay Processing for All Blue Water Navy Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano and many Democratic members of the Committee released a letter, sent to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, questioning VA's decision not to decide any claims for Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans until January 2020. In their letter, Members wrote that while H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, gives VA the ability to stay Blue Water claims, "we have questions about the decision to stay all claims … Read More

07.22.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: “VA has to learn from the lessons of Hurricane Maria”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano released the following statement after the Committee's Congressional Delegation to Puerto Rico this past weekend: "After several reports, from both my staff and the media, surfaced alleging that VA may not be prepared for the next hurricane, we travelled to Puerto Rico to learn from VA and hear from some of the 90,000 veteran survivors of Hurricane Maria first hand. Unfortunately, this visit confirmed many of … Read More

07.17.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Leads Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to VA Medical Center in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Friday, July 19, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Cali.) will lead a Congressional Delegation to the VA Medical Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico to meet with VA leadership, VSO leaders, and veterans themselves to see first hand how well the island, and VA specifically, is prepared for the next natural disaster. "Despite San Juan VA leadership indicating that 'no one is more prepared' to support veterans during and after Hurricane Maria, our … Read More

07.15.19 • Press Release

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Launches New Website

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, veterans.house.gov, featuring an updated design that will help veterans and their families stay up-to-date with the Committee's activities, as well as provide them with valuable Committee and Department of Veterans' Affairs resources. The Committee is working to serve the next generation of veterans, but we know the demographic profile of our nation's veterans is changing … Read More

07.11.19 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Statement on Medicinal Cannabis Research

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Cali.) issued the following statement after today's roundtable on medicinal cannabis research: "Cannabis must be objectively researched. Period. That's why we came together today with experts, researchers, and veterans to discuss the best bipartisan path forward for VA sponsored medicinal cannabis research. I want to make sure any research legislation this Committee votes on is not written to achieve one … Read More

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