Congressman Tony Cardenas

Representing the 29th District of California
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Sponsored Legislation

One of the most important aspects of Congress is developing, making, and monitoring laws. New laws are created every week. As a Member of Congress, I am trying to be actively involved in sponsoring and drafting legislation about issues that are important to you. Please contact my offices to share your thoughts on current legislation that may affect you, your family and your community.

H.R. 5563: Honoring the Hiring of Heroes Act

Because of high Veterans unemployment after the Vietnam War, a massive campaign was undertaken by the U.S. Government to educate employers on the incredible leadership skills present in Veterans, and to encourage the public to patronize companies that hired Veterans. Today, Veterans still face high unemployment, which is unacceptable given their sacrifice and service to our country.  More so, consumers don't have the information at their disposal to know who is hiring our heroes. With that in mind, U.S. Reps. Cárdenas and David Jolly (R-Tampa Bay Region) introduced the bipartisan Honoring the Hiring of Heroes (HHH) Act. The HHH Act will distinguish and incentivize businesses to employ our Veterans by authorizing the Secretary of Labor to award special recognition to employers with Veteran-friendly employment practices.

H.R. 5564: Manufacturing Skills Act

Rep. Cárdenas introduced this legislation to create an annual $100 million competitive grant to promote reforms in workforce education and skills training for manufacturing jobs. The bill was inspired by the successful “Race to the Top” program created by the Department of Education, which created competition among schools to improve student metrics across the country.The Manufacturing Skills Act will give similar incentives to states and cities to train for manufacturing positions.

H.R. 5325: American Manufacturing Workforce Act of 2014

Another piece of bipartisan legislation, introduced by Rep. Cárdenas to improve American manufacturing and support manufacturers in Los Angeles, the American Manufacturing Workforce Act will increase the flexibility of the industry as new technologies change our economy. The American Manufacturing Workforce Act will increase flexibility of the industry by offering tax credits of up to $1,000 to unemployed individuals who receive manufacturing training. It will also create similar incentives for employers who provide manufacturing training to their workers. Eligibility for these tax credits will be limited to the top fifteen manufacturing states in the nation.

H.R.4949: New American Success Act

Rep. Cárdenas joined with Republican Rep. and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida to introduce the New American Success (NAS) Act, which would help speed the integration of new Americans into society, ensuring each immigrant has access to programs that will help them learn or improve their English skills, civics education and other initiatives to help assist them in quickly adapting to their new nation while they participate in naturalization.

H.R. 5084: HUBZone Equity Act

This legislation allows equal access to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) HUBZone program. The HUBZone Equity Act will insure access for all American small business owners who pay taxes. While most SBA programs are accessible to business owners including permanent residents, HUBZones have been excluded. The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program was created to employ Americans in communities with statistically-proven economic needs. The HUBZone program assists small businesses located in areas with low income, high poverty rates or high unemployment rates, providing contracting opportunities with the federal government.

H.R. 4033: The American Worker Mobility Act

Seeking to lower the number of long-term unemployed Americans, Rep. Cárdenas joined with a Tea Party Republican, introducing legislation that would provide long-term unemployed Americans with assistance in moving to search for work. The American Worker Mobility Act will create a program within the Department of Labor to provide vouchers to the long-term unemployed to relocate for the purpose of attaining or accepting employment.

H.R. 3734: The 416d65726963612043616e20436f646520 Act of 2013

Congressman Cárdenas introduced legislation to pdesignate computer programming languages as “critical foreign languages” and provide incentives for state and local schools to teach more computer science beginning as early as Kindergarten.

H.R. 3545: The Collegiate Student-Athlete Protection Act

Congressman Cárdenas introduced legislation to protect collegiate student-athletes as they achieve academic goals, while also protecting the student-athletes’ health. The Collegiate Student-Athlete Protection Act (CSAP) requires universities and colleges who profit most from the exploits of amateur athletes who trade athletic performance for the opportunity to achieve a high level of post-secondary education to guarantee that opportunity.

H.R. 4123: The Prohibiting Detention of Youth Status Offenders Act of 2014 and
H.R. 4124: The Protecting Youth from Solitary Confinement Act

Learn more about both bills here.

The Protecting Youth from Solitary Confinement Act addresses a critical oversight in jails where juveniles are kept. The Protecting Youth from Solitary Confinement Act bans solitary confinement for youth in federal juvenile facilities, and requires an annual report to Congress on the rate at which juveniles are still subject to solitary confinement. The Prohibiting Detention of Youth Status Offenders Act, will keep American children out of jail for “status offenses,” offenses that would not be judicial issues if the offender were not a juvenile. This includes “offenses” like breaking curfew, running away from home or skipping school.

H.R. 4390: At-Risk Youth Medicaid Protection Act

Congressman Cárdenas joined U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in introducing the At-Risk Youth Medicaid Protection Act of 2014. This legislation ensures that youths who spend time in the juvenile justice system receive the health care they need once they leave. According to research by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the vast majority of young people who enter the juvenile justice system suffer from at least one form of mental illness. Additionally, many are impacted by multiple disorders that inhibit their ability to function in society once they have served their time. These young people – many of whom come from impoverished backgrounds – desperately need treatment for serious mental illnesses and other health care issues once they leave the juvenile justice system.

H.R. 2982 - Computer Science in STEM Act

The Computer Science in STEM Act, will prepare children for the computing jobs of today and tomorrow by adding Computer Science as one of the core “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” (STEM) classes.

H.R. 4929 - The Computer Science Career Education Act

This legislation will award grants to a consortium between state or local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations and employers with a documented need in the computer science sector. The grants are designed to encourage the development of computer science curriculum that will meet the market needs of employers and better integrate secondary and postsecondary education.

H.R. 2669 - The Community-Based Gang Intervention Act

Currently, the United States imprisons a markedly greater share of its youth population than any other developed nation. Cárdenas’ “Community-Based Gang Intervention Act’’ (H.R. 2669) will provide funding and direction for agencies to intervene in the lives of young people who are at-risk, keeping them out of the prison system and making our communities safer.

H.R. 3495 - To amend the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to make improvements to the food safety education program.

This legislation would would expand food safety education initiatives to train farmworkers on how to prevent bacterial contamination of food, how to identify sources of foodborne contaminants and other means of decreasing food contamination.

H.R. 4763 - Trade Protection Not Troll Protection Act

This bipartisan bill will speed up the legal process surrounding patent assertion litigation, undertaken by patent assertion entities (PAE) or so-called “patent trolls.” PAEs abuse the International Trade Commission patent process by purchasing patents and suing for intellectual property similarity between their purchased patents and a product that has been created and is being manufactured.

H.R. 4544 - Stop Penalizing Taxpayers for Sports Owner Fouls Act

Many Americans are not aware that when a professional sports owner is fined by their respective league, for violating the rules of that league, taxpayers get penalized at the same time. The “Stop Penalizing Taxpayers for Sports Owner Fouls” Act would stop the owners of sports teams from being able to deduct fines as a “business expense.”

H.Res. 132 - Honoring the accomplishments and legacy of Cesár Estrada Chávez.

On Thursday, March 21, 2013, Rep. Cárdenas introduced his first bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, H.Res. 132, is a Congressional resolution honoring the life and activities of Cesár Chávez, the laborer and organizer who organized migrant and farm laborers in the western United States during the latter half of the 20th Century.

H.Res 265 - Honoring the entrepreneurial spirit of small business concerns in the United States during National Small Business Week, which begins on June 17, 2013.


  • Amendments I've sponsored - These are additions or subtractions to pieces of legislation that have come before the House of Representatives.

PASSED THE HOUSE - Amendment to H.R. 1947 (Farm Bill) - An amendment to expand food safety education initiatives to include training farm workers on how to identify sources of food contamination and how to decrease bacterial contamination of food. This amendment PASSED the House of Representatives and will be considered as part of the overall farm bill during the eventual conference discussion with the U.S. Senate.


Co-sponsoring legislation written by other Members of Congress is an important way that I can show other Members, and the public, what is important to the people of the San Fernando Valley. I have co-sponsored more than 160 pieces of legislation that I feel, when passed, will help improve the lives of everyday Americans, or recognize issues and people important to the people in my District.