Tony Cardenas on Environmental Issues: NoMore Greenhouse Gas

Photo Credit: Ruben de Rijcke

As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Tony Cardenas has actively been involved in overseeing national energy and health policies. He believes that the science is clear. Climate change is not only a threat to America’s security but also to the economy. Because of his support of environmental values, the League of Conservation Voters gives Tony Cardenas a lifetime score of 84%.

In June, the EPA announced its decision to roll back President Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). Months later, the Trump Administration revoked California’s power to use more strict limits on Greenhouse Gas Emissions than the federal government.

In the video below, Tony Cardenas, reacts to the Trump administration’s plan to revoke California’s right to regulate vehicle emissions. He speaks with Bloomberg’s David Westin on “Balance of Power.”

California is one of the largest economies in the world. Additionally, it sets the tone and the pace for progressive environmental protection. We must continue to ensure that our cities continue to thrive and maintain the standards we have set.

Tony Cardenas on Clean Air for California, America and the rest of the world.

Last week, the Trump administration revoked California’s tailpipe waiver under the Clean Air Act.

The state has relied on the waiver process to set their own tougher emissions standards for about 50 years. California sees the waiver as necessary to fight climate change and reduce air pollution.

In this video, Tony Cardenas reacts to the plan.

Tony Cardenas Flashback Friday: Education in America

Tony Cardenas cares about education. He always has, and always will.

In 1998 Tony Cardenas was an assemblyman concerned about the state of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Schools were overcrowded and students were in desperate need of new facilities. 

This is a piece done by Tony Cardenas for the Daily News 1998
Daily News

Fast forward to 2006, Tony Cardenas was now a dedicated Los Angeles Councilman. He championed for a new high school for so long and with great expectations in October of that year, Arleta High School opened. This was one of many schools in his district to receive either new construction or repairs.

Arleta High School Photo by Chris Yarzab

In 2016  Tony Cardenas, was still rallying for our students. This time, he was in D.C.

“Unfortunately, too few students in the United States today are exposed to computer science and given the opportunity to pursue high-quality programming and coding coursework,” the letter states. “By allowing more schools in our communities to teach vital skills like coding, programming, designing and debugging, we can make sure our kids aren’t left unprepared for a rapidly changing economy.”

His letter called for $100 million for Computer Science for All Development Grants in 2017, which would provide essential resources to help school districts expand students’ access to computer science from kindergarten through high school. This proposal was also included in the President’s budget request as part of his Computer Science for All initiative.

The letter was signed by 63 House members and supported by the STEM Education Coalition and the Computer Science Education Coalition. A copy of the letter is available HERE.

Its 2019 and Tony Cardenas still cares about the education of students in his district. For more information on the issues Tony Cárdenas is committed to visit THIS PAGE.









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.

Multilingual “Know Your Rights Guides”

It’s 2019 and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is hard at work in Southern California. Tony Cardenas would like you to know your rights. The images below come from the ACLU.

These “Know Your Rights” cards are available in other languages. Click through for Español, ‎Português, Kreyòl Ayisyen, اردو, Tagalog, 中文, 한글

Tony is committed to fair, balanced, comprehensive immigration reform. 

In 2017, after he had seen reports that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would begin targeting 16- and 17-year-olds who they “suspected” to be gang members,  Tony Cardenas stated, “I’m proud to live in a country where our Constitution affords every man, woman and child due process. Today it appears President Trump and his Administration are once again attempting to dismantle one of the reasons why we have been admired for so long by everyone around the world.” In his emergency letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security, he then wrote, “I have  It is an attack on constitutional rights and liberties and employs overly-vague criteria which could put innocent children in jeopardy.



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

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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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