Chairman Takano Addresses Veteran Suicides, VA Staffing At Atlanta VAMC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano visited the Atlanta VA Medical Center along with Representative Lucy McBath (GA-06) and met with key members of the facility’s leadership team to discuss staffing and efforts to prevent veteran suicide.   Chairman Mark Takano’s remarks as delivered at a press conference following … Read moreChairman Takano Addresses Veteran Suicides, VA Staffing At Atlanta VAMC

Joint Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Examining Ongoing Forever GI Bill Implementation Efforts

On Thursday, May 9, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittees on Economic Opportunity and Technology Modernization will hold a joint oversight hearing entitled “Examining Ongoing Forever GI Bill Implementation Efforts.”   The subcommittees will meet at 10:00 a.m., in room 210 of the House Visitors Center.   Watch the meeting here Please follow and like … Read moreJoint Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Examining Ongoing Forever GI Bill Implementation Efforts

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Passes 18 Bills Out of Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held its first full committee markup passing all of the 18 bills on the agenda and continuing its work to deliver clear results for veterans on suicide prevention, homelessness, and finally delivering justice for our Blue Water Navy veterans. Chairman Mark Takano’s opening remarks and … Read moreHouse Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Passes 18 Bills Out of Committee

Chairman Takano Responds to “Alarming” OIG Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) responded to the Department of Veterans Affairs office of the Inspector General new report, Expendable Inventory Management System: Oversight of Migration from Catamaran to the Generic Inventory Package, which revealed alarming problems with VA’s management of medical supply inventories at its hospitals … Read moreChairman Takano Responds to “Alarming” OIG Report

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Launches Bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs launched a new bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force to increase the visibility of the two million women veterans living in the United States and to promote inclusivity and equitable access to resources, benefits, and healthcare for women veterans. The Task Force will be chaired by … Read moreHouse Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Launches Bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force

Health Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Cultural Barriers Impacting Women Veterans’ Access to Healthcare.

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health will hold an oversight hearing entitled “Cultural Barriers Impacting Women Veterans’ Access to Healthcare.”   The subcommittee will meet at 10:00 a.m. in 1300 of the Longworth House Office Building. Please follow and like us:

Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee Hearing: H.R. 1199, H.R. 1200, H.R. 1126, H.R. 1628, H.R. 1826, and other draft legislation

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs will hold the rescheduled legislative hearing on H.R. 1199, H.R. 1200, H.R. 1126, H.R. 1628, H.R. 1826, a draft bill to permit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a grant program to conduct cemetery research and produce … Read moreDisability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee Hearing: H.R. 1199, H.R. 1200, H.R. 1126, H.R. 1628, H.R. 1826, and other draft legislation

Chairman Takano – H.R. 299 Is Clearest Route to Finally Deliver Benefits to Blue Water Navy Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered remarks and presented an updated version of H.R. 299, before the first Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs legislative hearing. Below is a link to the video of the Chairman’s statement and his remarks as prepared: [[{“fid”:”52″,”view_mode”:”full”,”fields”:{“format”:”full”,”field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]”:false,”field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]”:false},”link_text”:null,”type”:”media”,”field_deltas”:{“1”:{“format”:”full”,”field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]”:false,”field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]”:false}},”attributes”:{“style”:”height: 343px; width: 500px;”,”class”:”media-element … Read moreChairman Takano – H.R. 299 Is Clearest Route to Finally Deliver Benefits to Blue Water Navy Veterans

Economic Opportunity Subcommittee Hearing: Fiscal Year 2020 President’s Budget: Requests Related to Veterans’ Readjustment Benefits

On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will hold an oversight hearing entitled “Fiscal Year 2020 President’s Budget: Requests Related to Veterans’ Readjustment Benefits.”   The subcommittee will meet at 2:00 p.m. in 2253 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Please follow and like us:

Health Subcommittee Legislative Hearing: Draft Legislation including H.R. 100, H.R. 712, H.R.1647, H.R. 2191

On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health will hold a legislative hearing on H.R. 100, H.R. 712, H.R.1647, H.R. 2191, a draft bill on “GAO Suicide Prevention”, a draft bill on “VA – Whole Health”, a draft bill on “GAO MOU and MOA”, and a draft bill on “Suicide Notification.” … Read moreHealth Subcommittee Legislative Hearing: Draft Legislation including H.R. 100, H.R. 712, H.R.1647, H.R. 2191

Chairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks before First Hearing to Address Veteran Suicide this Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks before the full committee oversight hearing entitled “Tragic Trends: Suicide Prevention Among Veterans.” Below is a link to the video of the Chairman’s opening statement and his remarks as prepared:   [[{“fid”:”51″,”view_mode”:”full”,”fields”:{“format”:”full”,”field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]”:false,”field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]”:false},”link_text”:null,”type”:”media”,”field_deltas”:{“2”:{“format”:”full”,”field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]”:false,”field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]”:false}},”attributes”:{“style”:”height: 348px; width: 500px; float: left;”,”class”:”media-element file-full”,”data-delta”:”2″}}]]   … Read moreChairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks before First Hearing to Address Veteran Suicide this Congress

ICYMI: Chairman Takano Pens Op Ed on Veteran Suicide

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) penned an op ed to address the national public health crisis of veteran suicide. This comes before the Committee’s press conference this afternoon and the first hearing on veteran suicide this Congress tonight at 7pm: The Hill: The nation needs to do … Read moreICYMI: Chairman Takano Pens Op Ed on Veteran Suicide

Joint Subcommittee Field Hearing: “Protecting Those Who Protect Us: Ensuring the Success of our Student Veterans”

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, and the Committee on Education & Labor Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, will hold a joint field hearing entitled “Protecting Those Who Protect Us: Ensuring the Success of our Student Veterans.”   The subcommittees will meet at 10:30 a.m. … Read moreJoint Subcommittee Field Hearing: “Protecting Those Who Protect Us: Ensuring the Success of our Student Veterans”

Chairman Takano: “This Is A National Crisis”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) released the statement below following several concerning reports of veteran suicides in the past week: “My sincere condolences to the family and friends of the veteran who died by suicide last night outside the Austin VA facility. This is a national crisis … Read moreChairman Takano: “This Is A National Crisis”

Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Hearing on Pending Legislation

On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will hold a hearing on HR 95, HR 444, HR 1718, a discussion draft “To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements to the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs with respect to flight training … Read moreSubcommittee on Economic Opportunity Hearing on Pending Legislation

Chairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks before FY 2020 Budget Hearing

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 2020.” Below is a link to the video of the Chairman’s opening statement and his remarks as prepared:   [[{“fid”:”48″,”view_mode”:”full”,”fields”:{“format”:”full”,”field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]”:false,”field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]”:false},”link_text”:null,”type”:”media”,”field_deltas”:{“1”:{“format”:”full”,”field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]”:false,”field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]”:false}},”attributes”:{“class”:”media-element file-full”,”data-delta”:”1″}}]]   … Read moreChairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks before FY 2020 Budget Hearing

Full Committee Oversight Hearing: “U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2020”

On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs full committee will hold an oversight hearing entitled “ U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2020.” The committee will meet at 2:00 p.m. in room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building. Watch the meeting here Meeting documents can be found here Please … Read moreFull Committee Oversight Hearing: “U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2020”

Full Committee Oversight Hearing: “MISSION Critical: Assessing the Technology to Support Community Care”

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs full committee will hold an oversight hearing entitled “MISSION Critical: Assessing the Technology to Support Community Care.” The committee will meet at 2:00 p.m. in room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Watch the meeting here Meeting documents can be found here Please follow and like … Read moreFull Committee Oversight Hearing: “MISSION Critical: Assessing the Technology to Support Community Care”

Subcommittee on Technology Modernization: “Mapping the Challenges and Progress of the Office of Information and Technology”

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization will hold an oversight hearing entitled “Mapping the Challenges and Progress of the Office of Information and Technology.” The subcommittee will meet at 10:15 a.m. in room 1302 of the Longworth House Office Building. Please follow and like us:

Chairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks before Hearing Assessing Key IT Solution Implementation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks before the full committee oversight hearing entitled “MISSION Critical: Assessing the Technology to Support Community Care.” Below is a link to the video of the Chairman’s opening statement and his remarks as prepared:   [[{“fid”:”49″,”view_mode”:”full”,”fields”:{“format”:”full”,”field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]”:false,”field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]”:false},”link_text”:null,”type”:”media”,”field_deltas”:{“1”:{“format”:”full”,”field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]”:false,”field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]”:false}},”attributes”:{“style”:”height: 351px; width: 500px;”,”class”:”media-element file-full”,”data-delta”:”1″}}]]   … Read moreChairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks before Hearing Assessing Key IT Solution Implementation

Takano, Tester Take VA to Task over Proposed Access Standards

Washington D.C. – Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Congressman Mark Takano and Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Senator Jon Tester today led a group of 55 members of Congress to voice their concerns about the VA’s proposed VA MISSION Act access standards that could trigger a massive shift of care … Read moreTakano, Tester Take VA to Task over Proposed Access Standards

Chairman Takano Demands Answers Given Concerns VA’s IT Solutions Could Disrupt Healthcare for 75,000 Veterans Each Day

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) issued the following statement regarding the serious concerns raised about VA’s IT solutions in the latest Pro Publica story: “The recent U.S. Digital Service (USDS) report on implementation of technology systems to support the Community Care components of the MISSION Act is … Read moreChairman Takano Demands Answers Given Concerns VA’s IT Solutions Could Disrupt Healthcare for 75,000 Veterans Each Day

Citing New Evidence Chairman Takano Broadens Mar-a-Lago Investigation

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) sent the following letter notifying the Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs that the Committee is expanding the scope of its investigation into potential undue influence on VA beyond the Mar-a-Lago “three”: Citing a recent Pro Publica report Chairman Takano stated, … Read moreCiting New Evidence Chairman Takano Broadens Mar-a-Lago Investigation

Chairman Takano Gives Opening Remarks before the Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organizations

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks before the Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organization at the Joint House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearing. Organizations testifying included: NASDVA, FRA, GSW, VBA, JWV, MOPH, and MOAA. Below is a link to the video of the Chairman’s … Read moreChairman Takano Gives Opening Remarks before the Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organizations

Joint Hearing of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees to receive the "Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organizations (NASDVA, FRA, GSW, BVA,JWV, MORH, MOAA)"

On Tuesday March 12, 2019, the Senate and House Committees on Veterans’ Affairs will hold a joint hearing to receive the “Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organizations (NASDVA, FRA, GSW, BVA, JWV, MOPH, MOAA”.  The Committees will meet at 10:00 a.m. on the ground floor, room 50, (G-50) of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  … Read moreJoint Hearing of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees to receive the "Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organizations (NASDVA, FRA, GSW, BVA,JWV, MORH, MOAA)"

Chairman Takano Statement on Trump’s 2020 Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) issued the following statement on President Trump’s proposed 2020 budget: “With significant cuts to the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, and so many more, the President’s proposed budget is cause for concern. Additionally, VA is charged with providing … Read moreChairman Takano Statement on Trump’s 2020 Budget Proposal

Joint Hearing of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees to receive the "Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organizations (AMVETS, PVA, VVA, IAVA, SVA, AXPOW, WWP)"

On Thursday March 7, 2019, the Senate and House Committees on Veterans’ Affairs will hold a joint hearing to receive the “Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organizations (AMVETS, PVA, VVA, IAVA,SVA, AXPOW, WWP)”.  The Committees will meet at 2:00 p.m. on the ground floor, room 50, (G-50) of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  Watch … Read moreJoint Hearing of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees to receive the "Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organizations (AMVETS, PVA, VVA, IAVA, SVA, AXPOW, WWP)"

Takano, Roe Issue Bipartisan Statement on Veteran Suicide Prevention

WASHINGTON, DC – Reps. Mark Takano (D-Cali.) and Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, respectively, issued a joint bipartisan statement following yesterday’s roundtable on veteran suicide prevention: “Our Committee believes in identifying and utilizing every tool at our disposal to reduce the number of veteran suicides … Read moreTakano, Roe Issue Bipartisan Statement on Veteran Suicide Prevention

Chairman Takano Gives Opening Remarks before the Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organizations

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks before the Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organization at the Joint House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearing.  Organizations testifying included: AMVETS, PVA, VVA, IAVA, SVA, AXPOW, and WWP. Below is a link to the video of the … Read moreChairman Takano Gives Opening Remarks before the Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organizations

Joint Hearing of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees to receive the "Legislative Presentation of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States"

On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, the Senate and House Committees on Veterans’ Affairs will hold a joint hearing to receive the “Legislative Presentation of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States”. The Committees will meet at 10:00 a.m. on the ground floor, room 50, (G-50) of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Watch the … Read moreJoint Hearing of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees to receive the "Legislative Presentation of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States"

Chairman Takano Gives Opening Remarks before the Legislative Presentation of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) gave opening remarks before the Legislative Presentation of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States at the Joint House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearing.  Below is a link to the video of the Chairman’s opening statement and his remarks … Read moreChairman Takano Gives Opening Remarks before the Legislative Presentation of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States