Oversight & Investigations
Mar-a-lago attendees’ influence over the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Three members of President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago golf resort have been accused of influencing policy and personnel decisions at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), despite never having held a military or government position. Rep. Mark Takano, chair of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has begun an investigation into the relationship of the so called Mar-A-Lago “three” and the VA.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Takano.
Takano is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Takano has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Feb 14, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Mark Takano sits on the following committees:
Takano was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 299: Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019
- H.R. 2068: Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Education Relief and Restoration Act of 2017
Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Takano sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (39%) Energy (13%) Education (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Labor and Employment (6%) Immigration (6%)
Some of Takano’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5697: Veterans’ ACCESS Act of 2020
- H.R. 5466: Prevention of Anti-Immigrant Violence Act of 2019
- H.R. 5151: Honoring the Oath Act of 2019
- H.R. 4920: Department of Veterans Affairs Contracting Preference Consistency Act
- H.R. 4890: Veteran Deportation Prevention and Reform Act
- H.R. 4797: Restoring Access Through Identification Act
- H.R. 4426: Office of Technology Assessment Improvement and Enhancement Act
From Jan 2013 to Feb 2020, Takano missed 48 of 4,510 roll call votes, which is 1.1%. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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