Press Releases

04.08.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano, Subcommittee Chair Lee Statement on VA’s Electronic Health Record Project Delay

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D- Calif.) and Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Chair Susie Lee (D-Nev.) released the following statement regarding VA's delay of the Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) project. Last Friday, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the delay due to the necessary reallocation of staff to combat the COVID-19 pandemic: "As we've said many times before, if VA is not ready, the … Read More

04.03.20 • Press Release

Takano, Neal, Davis Urge Treasury and IRS to Automatically Issue Economic Impact Payments to Supplemental Security Income and Veterans Affairs Recipients

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leaders from the House Veterans' Affairs and Ways and Means Committees today called on U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig to automatically provide the economic impact payments authorized by the CARES Act to people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and to individuals who receive Veterans Affairs (VA) compensation and pensions. Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA) … Read More

03.31.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano, Ranking Member Roe Applaud Swift Passage of Student Veteran Coronavirus Act of 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe's (R-Tenn.) bipartisan Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (H.R. 6322). This key legislation- introduced last week with more than 51 cosponsors and wide VSO support- expands on language passed in S. 3503 and signed into law to further minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student veterans as schools … Read More

03.27.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano on COVID-19 Relief Legislation: “This funding will save veterans’ lives.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) spoke on the House floor in favor of the Senate amendment to HR 748 "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act." See a video of Chairman Takano's floor speech here and his remarks as prepared below. Video of Chairman Takano's remarks Chairman Takano's remarks as prepared: Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of S. 748 the CARES Act. 571 veterans in the VA's healthcare system … Read More

03.23.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Continues To Advocate For Veterans in COVID-19 Congressional Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) issued the following statement regarding the Committee's ongoing efforts to protect veterans from the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure VA can continue to carry out their first mission -- serving our nation's veterans -- as we confront a national emergency. "In order to address the coronavirus pandemic, I've worked ardently to advocate for our veterans," said Chairman Mark Takano. "It is crucial that … Read More

03.23.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano, Ranking Member Roe Introduce Legislation to Minimize COVID-19 Impact on Student Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) introduced the bipartisan Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 -- key legislation to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student veterans as schools and universities have taken proactive measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. "As we respond to the coronavirus pandemic, we cannot forget about our student veterans. This bill … Read More

03.18.20 • Press Release

Takano, Roe Press VA for Answers on Coronavirus Response

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) led a bipartisan letter with Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and 25 of their Committee colleagues to Secretary Wilkie asking for answers on VA's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to daily and weekly updates. It is crucial that VA is prepared to care for their first mission-- serving our nation's veterans-- even as we work to address a national emergency. Chairman Takano and … Read More

03.16.20 • Press Release

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Statement on Hearing Postponement to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) made the following statement to announce the postponement of all previously scheduled Committee hearings between March 23rd to April 3rd, 2020 to mitigate spread of COVID-19: "Due to the public health risk posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty of the House of Representatives voting schedule, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs will postpone all hearings currently scheduled … Read More

03.13.20 • Press Release

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Statement on Actions to Protect VA and Veterans from COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) made the following statement on actions the Committee is taking or has planned to protect veterans from COVID-19 and VA's ability to carry out its unique missions: "The increase in COVID-19 cases has prompted local and state governments, the private sector, and nonprofit organizations to take actions intended to contain the outbreak among the American population. "As the Department of Veterans Affairs … Read More

03.13.20 • Press Release

Statement from House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on Office Changes to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19

"Due to the public health risk posed by the COVID-19 corona virus pandemic, most of House Committee on Veterans' Affairs staff are teleworking. Limiting exposure to committee staff will help ensure the mission of the Committee to serve and represent veterans across the nation - especially during this time - will continue. Please contact the office via email or call and leave a message, and the Committee will ensure you receive a prompt response from the appropriate staff member during … Read More

03.12.20 • Press Release

House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Passes 17 Bipartisan Bills, Reauthorizes Women Veterans Task Force

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a Full Committee Markup passing all 17 bills on the agenda to strengthen family leave, assist homeless veterans and their dependent children through reintegration programs, expand access to contraception, streamline GI Bill processing, and improve the lives of millions of veterans. The Committee also unanimously voted to reauthorize the Women Veterans Task Force. Under Chairwoman Julia Brownley's leadership, the Task … Read More

03.11.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: “With the support the American Legion, we can fulfill the promises we’ve made to our veterans. ”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks before the joint hearing of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans' Affairs entitled "Joint Hearing of Senate and House Committees on Veterans' Affairs: Legislative Presentation of The American Legion ."A link to the video Chairman Takano's opening statement and remarks as prepared can be found below. Full video of the Chairman's remarks. Chairman Takano's … Read More

03.09.20 • Press Release

Takano, Durbin, Levin Statement on Department of Veterans Affairs Action To Protect Student Veterans At For-Profit Colleges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Mark Takano (D-CA-41), Chairman of the House Committee On Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), and U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA-49), Chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it would halt new G.I. Bill enrollments at for-profit University of Phoenix and former Career Education Corporation … Read More

03.04.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: “I thank the Veterans of Foreign Wars and other VSOs for holding the line.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks before the joint hearing of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans' Affairs entitled "Joint Hearing of Senate and House Committees on Veterans' Affairs: Legislative Presentation of the Veterans of Foreign Wars." A link to the video Chairman Takano's opening statement and remarks as prepared can be found below. Full video of the Chairman's remarks Chairman Takano's … Read More

03.03.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano Remarks Before Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organizations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks before the joint hearing of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans' Affairs entitled "Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organizations" featuring American Ex-Prisoners of War, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Student Veterans of America, Gold Star Wives of America, Military Officers Association of America, Fleet Reserve Association, and Iraq and … Read More

02.27.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano on VA’s 2021 Budget Request

Washington, D.C. -Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks before the full committee oversight hearing entitled, "U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2021." A link to the video Chairman Takano's opening statement and remarks as prepared can be found below. Full video of the Chairman's remarks Chairman Takano's remarks as prepared: Thank you Secretary Wilkie and your team for coming in to discuss … Read More

02.26.20 • Press Release

House Unanimously Passes Five Bipartisan Bills for Veterans

Washington, D.C. -This week, the House of Representatives unanimously passed all five bipartisan bills brought to the floor by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. These bills showcase our commitment to veterans and their families by providing lease relief to Gold Star spouses and spouses of injured servicemembers; expanding legal services for homeless veterans; guaranteeing veteran-owned business can compete for VA grants; and ensuring transparency for veterans seeking higher education … Read More

02.25.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano: “Thank you Disabled American Veterans for your tireless advocacy!”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks before the joint hearing of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans' Affairs entitled "Legislative Presentation of the Disabled American Veterans" (DAV). A link to the video Chairman Takano's opening statement and remarks as prepared can be found below. Video of Chairman Takano's opening remarks. Chairman Takano's remarks as prepared: I want to start by thanking … Read More

02.25.20 • Press Release

Takano, Roe Recognize DAV for 100 Years of Service

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Cali.) and Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, issued the following statement after they introduced a resolution to recognize the 100th anniversary of Disabled American Veterans (DAV): "We are proud to recognize DAV for a century of service on behalf of our nation's disabled veterans, their families, their survivors and their communities. As the leading voice for our … Read More

02.13.20 • Press Release

Chairman Takano, 77 Members call on President Trump to Grant Relief to 190,000 Ill Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) led 77 Members in sending a letter to President Trump calling on him to "take corrective action and bring an end to the suffering of thousands of severely ill veterans exposed to Agent Orange." In their letter, Members call on the president to accept scientific evidence and add bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, parkinsonism, and hypertension to the Department of Veterans' Affairs list of presumptive … Read More

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