Tony Cardenas in the News: Additional Funds Requested for Communities Hit Hardest by Coronavirus

“Black and brown people are being hurt the most by the coronavirus pandemic. I am proud that members on both sides of the aisle are putting politics aside to support our most vulnerable and speak out on behalf of those who are often left behind,” Tony Cardenas

This week’s article in THE HILL explains why Tony Cardenas has asked for increased funding for a series of programs and initiatives that have been shown to improve outcomes for underserved communities. Read the full article here.

Tony Cardenas wants to make sure all businesses get the funds they need to survive Covid19

Tony Cardenas believes there’s an important provision Congress must consider regarding PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) Loans.

The state of California has received the largest amount of dollars of PPP at $33 billion, approved for over 112,000 loans, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. But based the intel he has received, small minority owned and women owned businesses aren’t getting the funds they deserve.

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Why SOME U.S. born children do not qualify for relief benefits during the COVID19 Epidemic

About 31 percent of U.S. born Hispanics and 45 percent of immigrants saying they did not receive their first stimulus check. Why? The Trump administration decided that if there is one member of the family with an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN), then the whole family, including U.S. -born children do not qualify to receive relief money to feed the family. This means that EVEN THOUGH taxes were paid, benefits were not received!

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The truth about Tony Cardenas

Tony Cardenas has served the San Fernando Valley for decades. He was born in the Pacoima and remains a proud Valley resident. This page features a collection of videos that we have found from his years in congress as well as from his years on the Los Angeles City Council.

Tony Cardenas visits a family who is fighting for immigration reform. Tony is the son of immigrants from Mexico. He will continue encourage the undocumented to keep preparing their legal documents. And he will continue to support reform.

Our veterans deserve our appreciation. As a council member, Tony hosted a Veteran’s Day event every year. At these events, Vets shared stories of past wars. There were meals shared just before the candlelight vigils in honor of the troops. Tony still supports Vets with the bills he introduces, and he continues to pray for all in service to come home safely. He is forever thankful for their service to us all.

Tony Cardenas is a University of California graduate. Here he talks about something you rarely hear in congress. Love. Tony Cardenas loves his wife and family, and he is proud to say so. These are the values that have kept him a humble servant of the people of the San Fernando Valley.

In this video Tony Cardenas helps a struggling family find out why a monthly utility bill was significantly inflated to over $2000. As the family considers dipping into a small savings to pay the abnormal amount, Cardenas gets down to the bottom of red tape and “passing the buck” bureaucracy. Tony Cardenas has always fought for families in the San Fernando Valley and he always will.

You don’t have to look too far to find out exactly what Tony Cardenas stands for. His endorsements come from the places that support the issues that matter in his neighborhood and in the nation.

The Trump Administration’s New Expedited Removal Rule

What you should know…

Last month, the Trump administration began using a new expedited removal rule as a fast-track deportation method that bypasses the judicial review process to quickly target and deport undocumented immigrants in the United States who are unable to provide immediate documentation that they have been in the country for two years or more. The new strategy will apply to immigrants anywhere in the country, a change from the administration’s policy for “expedited removal” that had been limited to individuals apprehended within 100 miles of the U.S. border and arrested within 14 days of arrival.

What Tony has to say…

“This new change in deportation policy is further proof that Donald Trump wants to ‘send back’ everyone who does not look like him. This cruel method is meant to cause fear and panic in immigrant communities and communities of color. If Donald Trump truly wanted to fix our broken immigration system, he would address the root cause of the problem and not make decisions based on winning reelection. As President Trump continues his attacks on people in America, Democrats will not stand idly by and we will fight to end this administration’s heartless and failing immigration policies that separate families, hurt our economy, violate human rights, bypass judicial review, and make us less safe.”

This is a humanitarian crisis.

This new policy shift comes as the Trump administration continues to enforce its cruel separation and detention practices that have resulted in a humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Thousands of migrant children and women seeking asylum are currently being held in ICE detention facilities that are in a state of disrepair. Overcrowding and life-threatening conditions have made the facilities uninhabitable. Recent reports found that children are not allowed to bathe or brush their teeth and are being forced to look after infants as young and as eight months.

Tony Cárdenas is an original cosponsor of the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act (H.R. 3239) that addresses the humanitarian crisis at the border and ensures accountability and oversight of the detention facilities.

For more information on the issues Tony Cardenas is committed to visit THIS PAGE.

The Gender Pay Gap

A stack of Dollars to represent Gender Pay inequalityCárdenas: Gender Pay Disparity is Not Only Morally Wrong, it is Bad Economics

WASHINGTON, DCCongressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) releases the following statement following the United States Women’s national soccer team World Cup win yesterday:

“Yesterday, the United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) won the World Cup championship title and, in the moments following the celebration, I could not help but wonder how unfair the system is that allows for the players of the team to be paid less than their male counterparts purely based on sex. The USWNT generates more revenue than the men’s team, yet they are paid far less than the players on the men’s national soccer team. But this is one example of a much larger injustice in our country when it comes to pay inequity. The gender pay gap is not only morally wrong, but it’s also bad economics.

Today, women in America make only 80 cents to every dollar her male counterpart earns. The pay gap is even wider for Latina women, who earn 53 cents to every dollar. When women are paid less, it hurts families, communities, and our economy. It is unconscionable that in 2019 women are still not compensated fairly.  It is time that women are paid equally for equal work and that’s why I am proud to be a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act.”

This article was originally published on Jul 8, 2019 at

Tony Cardenas is committed to continuing to rebuild the economy. To learn more visit the page that outlines his Commitment to Service and Results.

Rep. Tony Cárdenas’ fundraising is boosting Latino Clout in Democratic races

NBC Latino

Rep. Tony Cárdenas’ fundraising is boosting Latino clout in Democratic races

by: Suzanne Gamboa

WASHINGTON – When he campaigned for chairman of the Hispanic Caucus’ political action committee – BOLD PAC – Rep. Tony Cárdenas promised to double, maybe triple the $1 million in its coffers.

“People laughed. They voted for me anyway and said ‘You want to try it, do it. Go for it, dude,'” Cárdenas said.

He ended up raising $6 million by 2016 and now BOLD PAC is on course to raising $10 million for the caucus to help elect candidates – many of them Latino – to Congress.

Last year, six additional Latinos – all backed by BOLD PAC and all Democrats – joined the U.S. House. BOLD PAC also backed Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate.

Cárdenas is one of at least three Latinos in positions to steer the Democratic Party’s 2018 election races. In addition to him, Tom Perez is chairman of the Democratic National Committee and Ben Ray Luján chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which does the work of winning congressional races for its party’s candidates.

BOLD PAC isn’t an official party organization. But having a lot of money to back candidates gives Latinos a say in picking and endorsing candidates and shaping the election races.

“Should Democrats take back the House, I think it’s going to have Tony’s fingerprints all over it,” said Albert Morales, senior political director of Latino Decisions polling firm and the former Hispanic engagement director of the Democratic National Committee. Morales cited not only the money Cárdenas has raised but his energy and the team he’s surrounded himself with.

Morales recalled being on the golf course with Cárdenas, then a Los Angeles city council member, and being a bit “taken aback” by his “laser-like focus” on work, discussing state and federal education policy, over the four to five hours they played.

“He’s just a workhorse,” Morales said.

Every political candidate will acknowledge that it takes money to run, although it’s not always the determiner of a race. His fundraising success has helped Cárdenas move into House leadership and may move him up the ranks in the future.

“Money is always a measure of strength” in politics, Morales said. “If it holds, he’s positioning himself well for leadership.”

Cárdenas has had a role in shaping election races since his days in the California Assembly. He won that job in a district in the San Fernando Valley, where he grew up, becoming the first person of color to represent the district.

“But my goal wasn’t to be the first. It was to make sure I wasn’t the last,” Cárdenas told NBC News.

When he got to the state’s Legislature in 1996, he and former California State Senate Majority Leader Richard Polanco, then a member of the Assembly, raised money to contribute to campaigns.

They contributed to the city council campaign of Alex Padilla, now California’s Secretary of State; the school board race of Nury Martinez, now an Los Angeles councilwoman and others. Candidates they supported included non-Latinos such as congressman Adam Schiff, who got support for his California state Senate campaign, Cárdenas said.

“We raised more money and turned it over to candidates and they got elected. We doubled the Latinos in the state Legislature,” he said. The California Latino Caucus increased from 12 in 1996 to 24 in 2002, the year term limits required Cárdenas to leave the Assembly.

Now in Congress, Cárdenas is furiously working to increase the money BOLD PAC can contribute to candidates. His new ambition: get 50 Latinos in Congress by the time he hits his 10 years on Captiol Hill, which would be 2023 if he continues to be re-elected.

“I don’t think that’s a lofty goal. I think that’s an honest and realistic goal,” he said.

Cárdenas’ parents migrated to the U.S. in the mid 1940s, although his mother was a U.S. citizen born in Catalina, California. His father first was a farm worker in California’s Central Valley. A large painting of his father and grandfather working in the potato fields, made from a family photo, hangs in Cárdenas’ office. Cárdenas likes that in the middle of an idle moment of the back-breaking field work someone had a camera andt captured his father looking up and smiling.

Cárdenas is the youngest of 11 children, with 15 years between him and his oldest sibling. His siblings have bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. There are engineers, a psychologist and teachers among them, he said.

He described a life-altering moment before he decided to run for office.

It came when he was working for Hewlett-Packard as an electrical engineer in Santa Barbara, California. He was in his 20s and had what seemed like a dream job. He had an expense account, company car and flexible hours.

“I was sitting there in my office and I said, I could grow old sitting right here. There’s got to be more out there,” he said. “I went to my manager and gave my two-week notice.”

He returned to California without a job – having to face his Latina mom and explain why he quit without another job lined up. First, he sold life insurance and then went into real estate, starting his own brokerage firm, got married and had children.

He went from the Assembly to Congress where he’s quickly emerged as an up-and-comer. Last December, Cárdenas was elected to a new position for members who have served five years or less in the Democratic House leadership, bringing political power to Latinos and the legislative objectives of Latino policymakers.

Larry Gonzalez, a BOLD PAC donor and former director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Washington, D.C. office, said Cárdenas is part of an “evolution of the Hispanic Caucus members.”

“We have this new breed coming in and being assertive about what they want in terms of policies that are going to affect our community,” he said. “Things are happening in the Congress with our Latino members that people need to pay attention to.”

Cárdenas’ colleague Rep. Linda Sanchez, also a California Democrat and the vice chairwoman of the Democratic Caucus, last month called for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn to step aside after the 2018 elections to make room for the next generation of leaders.

Cárdenas said Democrats need to be “honest with ourselves and not nostalgic, be honest and say where are we today?”

“We lost in 2010, we tried to get back in 2012, that didn’t work, whatever we did. We tried to get back in 2014, that didn’t work. We tried to get back in 2016, that didn’t work,” he said.

“I just think we need to be honest with ourselves and ask tough questions. Is what we are doing working? Are we going to get back in the majority? Is Nancy that leader that’s going to help make sure that happens?”

If there is a change in Democratic leadership in the House, Cárdenas financial support for other Democrats could mean a more powerful position for the California congressman.

Meanwhile, he’s trying to continue the success that Hispanic congressional candidates had last year despite a disappointing 2016 presidential race for Democrats. As their numbers grow, so can their influence shaping policy.

“We just want to make sure we have a fair playing field and people can go out and get a job and participate in the No. 1 economy in the world … pursue their dreams .. have safe streets … That’s the American agenda and it fits mirror to mirror with the Hispanic agenda.”

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