The methodology proposed by ED is riddled with significant problems.

Rep. Mark Takano is publishing a guest blog post by Douglas Webber, Ph.D., an Associate Professor at the Temple University Department of Economics & Institute for Labor Economics (IZA), on the Department of Education’s revised formula that provides partial loan relief to defrauded borrowers under the Borrower Defense to Repayment rule.

The Education Department (ED) very recently released a proposed methodology to help adjudicate Borrower Defense (BD) applications from students who claim to have been defrauded by the college they attended. The formula ED proposed would allow students to receive a full discharge of their loans if the program they…


When it Comes to Forensic Algorithms, Trade Secrets are Unjust and Inappropriate

By: Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA)

Imagine being charged with a crime based on a trace amount of DNA. The sample was analyzed using a new type of DNA software that automates the analysis and interpretation of DNA samples. The judge, the prosecutor, your defense attorney, even the forensic examiner, none of them know how the software actually works. There is no other evidence against you, but the results of the software are treated as infallible.

This has happened to people across the country, including Martell Chubbs, who was charged with murder in a 1977 cold case, and Mayer Herskovic, who…


This op-ed by Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-Ill.) was originally published in Street Blog USA on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

America has arrived at a crossroads in regard to our transportation system: Our roads are crumbling, our public transit systems are failing, and carbon emissions are exacerbating the climate crisis.

Changing the faulty policies that led to this unhappy situation requires strategic, innovative and concerted congressional activism. Otherwise, we simply will perpetuate these problems and inequities plaguing our communities.

It is past time to have a frank conversation about our national…


This op-ed by Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), and Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) was originally published in USA Today on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

In a country where we celebrate and honor those who heeded the call to serve in the military, most Americans would be shocked to learn that just south of the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico, exists the Deported Veterans Support House, better known as “The Bunker.” …


Rep. Mark Takano spoke on the House Floor in support of the people of Hong Kong.

Rep. Mark Takano speaks on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives

On Friday, October 18, 2019, Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered a speech on the House Floor in support of the people of Hong Kong and in defense of liberal democratic values. The full text of the speech is below.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in defense of liberal democratic values and in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong. Earlier this week, the House passed legislation in support of these values and of human rights.

I say a strong nation is one that does not turn to…


Today, Rep. Mark Takano announced his support for Congress to formally launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

You can watch Rep. Mark Takano’s announcement here and read it below:

Hello, I’m Congressman Mark Takano. I want to take a moment to speak directly to you about an issue that has become increasingly important as our nation’s democratic institutions and norms have been threatened and violated.

From the moment President Trump took office, many questions have been raised about his legitimacy, his respect for the rule of law, and his faithfulness to the obligations and limitations outlined for him as Chief Executive in the Constitution. …


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The following is the fourth in a series of real legislative policy memos written for Congressman Mark Takano by his staff. The series will give you an inside glimpse of what comes across the Congressman’s desk on a regular basis and what information he uses to inform his decisions.

To: Mark Takano
From: Staff
Re: Forensic Algorithms in Criminal Proceedings
Date: 4/30/2019 (original date submitted to Congressman Takano)

Note: This memo provided the background for the Justice in Forensic Algorithms Act which Congressman Takano is preparing to introduce. The Justice in Forensic Algorithms Act ensures that defendants have access to source code and other information they need to be able to challenge algorithmic evidence against them by prohibiting the use of trade secrets to prevent defense access in criminal trials. …


This year’s Capitol Hill Maker Faire is hosted by the Nation of Makers, the Institute of Museum and Library Services in collaboration with the Maker Caucus, and sponsored by Chevron and the Consumer Technology Association.

To help prepare for the 4th annual Capitol Hill Maker Faire, I wanted to share some past memories and my favorite moments.

This year will be even better.

Remember to register here.


This op-ed by Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) was originally published in the Riverside Press Enterprise on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

(Photo Credit: Stan Lim of The Press-Enterprise)

We continue to feel the effects of the decade-old financial crisis that devastated our country and left countless families in financial ruin. At the height of the housing crisis, one in five households in the Inland Empire were behind on their mortgage, and in 2008 alone, more than 30,000 families lost their home to foreclosure.

In 2019, as Wall Street profits have hit record highs, families are still struggling to recover. In many parts of the country, including Riverside County…


This op-ed co-authored by Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Sean Casten (D-Ill.) was originally published on TechDirt on May 1, 2019.

In 2015, following a tragic shooting in San Bernardino, California, Congress faced a difficult issue. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) was in possession of a locked iPhone that belonged to one of the shooters, and it wanted to gain access to that phone as part of its investigation. Members of Congress found themselves in the middle of a contentious debate over whether Apple should be required to unlock the phone to give the FBI access to its…

Mark Takano

Representing CA's 41st District — The Inland Empire — Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and Member of House Ed & Labor Committee.

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