Press Releases

January 26, 2023

Cárdenas, Obernolte Introduce Bill to Prevent Cyberattack Disruption of the 988 Lifeline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Representatives Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Jay Obernolte (R-CA) have introduced H.R. 498, the 988 Lifeline Cybersecurity Responsibility Act. This bill would improve cybersecurity at the national suicide hotline following an outage of the system in December as the result of a cyberattack on system operator Intrado. Due to the attack, Intrado proactively shut the lifeline down for several hours during a whole-network outage, leaving people, veterans, and military … Continue Reading


December 23, 2022

Cárdenas Secures Over $26 Million in Community Project Funding in Spending Bill Headed to the President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) voted to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, which includes over $26 million in Community Project Funding for programs and initiatives in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. The funding would support job creation, youth programs, mental health care, community empowerment, improvements to healthcare and more. Congressman Cárdenas recently delivered over $12.5 million in federal Community Project Funding to … Continue Reading


December 23, 2022

Cárdenas 988 Implementation Act and Mental Health Priorities Included in Spending Bill Headed to the President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) voted to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, which includes several provisions from his 988 Implementation Act and Parity Implementation Assistance Act, as well as other key mental healthcare priorities. "Today, Congress took a monumental step forward in transforming the way mental health crises are treated in America," said Congressman Cárdenas. "As I've said before, when people reach out to 988 for … Continue Reading


December 14, 2022

ICYMI: Los Angeles Times Editorial Board Endorses Cárdenas’ 988 Implementation Act, Calls on Congress to Fund 988 Crisis Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board endorsed Congressman Tony Cárdenas' (CA-29) H.R. 7116, 988 Implementation Act, and called on Congress to include federal funding and technical assistance for the lifeline in an annual spending bill. Provisions from the 988 Implementation Act were included in the House-passed Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022. As America grapples with an unprecedented mental health crisis, lawmakers are also pushing … Continue Reading


November 23, 2022

Cárdenas, Luján, Menendez Lead Colleagues Urging Twitter to Maintain Protections for Spanish Speaking Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.), Lori Trahan (D-Mass.), Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.), Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) and U.S. Senators Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) wrote to Twitter CEO Elon Musk to urge the company to reverse cuts that expose Spanish speakers to fraud and abuse. This follows an alarming spike in harassment on the platform, and reports that Twitter has … Continue Reading


November 15, 2022

Cárdenas Bill to Ban Dangerous Baby Sleeping Products Goes Into Effect

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, applauded their Safe Sleep for Babies Act going into effect on Saturday, November 12. The law, signed by President Biden in May, bans inclined sleep products and padded crib bumpers, regardless of date of … Continue Reading


November 11, 2022

Cárdenas Announces Candidacy for DCCC Chair

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) announced his candidacy for Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in a letter to House Democrats. The letter can be found here and below. Dear Colleague: The 117th Congress has been one of the most successful in our country's history - proving that when Democrats deliver, America succeeds. Because of our hard work, families across the United States are seeing lower healthcare costs, millions of … Continue Reading


November 04, 2022

Cárdenas, Menendez, Luján Call Out YouTube for Lack of Action in Addressing Spanish Language Disinformation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) alongside U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) led 12 of their colleagues in sending a letter calling out Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, for their lack of action and transparency regarding the spread of Spanish-language misinformation and disinformation on its platform, particularly leading up to the midterm elections. In the past, YouTube has assured Members of Congress that … Continue Reading


October 27, 2022

Cárdenas, Maloney Celebrate Smithsonian Site Selection for Latino, Women’s Museums

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) celebrated the Smithsonian Board of Regents' statement in favor of designating the Tidal Basin and South Monument sites for the National Museum of the American Latino and the American Women's History Museum. Both sites were recommended by the National Museum of the American Latino Board of Trustees and the American Women's History Museum Advisory Council. "As of today, we are one step … Continue Reading


October 25, 2022

Cárdenas Introduces Legislation to Address Severe Case Backlog at USCIS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), reintroduced the Case Backlog Transparency and Accountability Act to address the severe case backlog at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This bill establishes new reporting requirements for USCIS and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to determine the reasons for the processing delays and find potential solutions to reduce the immigration case backlog. "The extreme immigration backlog at USCIS is … Continue Reading


October 14, 2022

Cárdenas Honors Local Leaders for Hispanic Heritage Month in Inaugural Valley Luchadores Awards Ceremony

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY - In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month 2022, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) honored local Northeast San Fernando Valley leaders during an inaugural "Valley Luchadores" awards ceremony in Panorama City yesterday. The six honorees, whose biographies were submitted into the Congressional Record, received awards and Certificates of Congressional Recognition. Photos of the event can be found here. "This Hispanic Heritage Month, I am proud to honor six … Continue Reading


October 11, 2022

Cárdenas Introduces Bipartisan Resolution Designating October 2022 National Youth Justice Action Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Congresswoman Victoria Spartz (R-IN) and Congressman David Trone (D-MD) introduced a bipartisan resolution designating October 2022 as National Youth Justice Action Month. The resolution shines light on the collateral consequences youth face when they are treated as adults in the criminal justice system, and encourages the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to prioritize rehabilitation … Continue Reading


October 11, 2022

Cárdenas, Moulton and Stewart Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Safeguard 988 Mental Health Emergencies Lifeline

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Congressman Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) have introduced the Create Accountability and Liability Against Lifeline Attacks (CALL) Act of 2022. Since it was launched in July, the 988 lifeline has seen a 45% increase in call and messaging volume. Response times have kept pace with the higher call volumes. As part of a continued effort to improve the effectiveness of 988, the CALL Act would make … Continue Reading


October 10, 2022

Cárdenas Calls on Councilmembers Cedillo, De Leon and Martinez to Resign

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY - Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) released the following statement calling on Councilmembers Gil Cedillo, Kevin De Leon and Nury Martinez to resign: "Once again, I am appalled by the callous and racist language used by Los Angeles City Councilmembers. The only way we can achieve meaningful progress is when we set aside our differences and lead with compassion and empathy. After speaking with community members and leaders, it is clear that Councilmembers Cedillo, … Continue Reading


October 10, 2022

Cárdenas Statement on Leaked Audio of Comments by LA City Councilmembers

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY - Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) released the following statement in response to the leaked audio of comments made by Los Angeles City Councilmembers: "The callous and racist language we heard used by Los Angeles City Councilmembers is appalling. History has shown us time and again that we can achieve meaningful progress when we set aside our differences and lead with compassion and empathy. This is a reminder that we must continue to work together to … Continue Reading


October 05, 2022

Cárdenas, Castro React to Second Installment of GAO Report on Latino Underrepresentation in American Media

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) joined Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) in reacting to the second of two Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports on the underrepresentation of Latinos in the American media industry, including the film, television, news and publishing sectors. In 2020, as chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Congressman Castro led a coalition of CHC members, including Congressman Cárdenas, in requesting a … Continue Reading


October 04, 2022

Cárdenas Applauds Governor Newsom for Signing Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s Miles Hall Lifeline and Suicide Prevention Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) applauded Governor Gavin Newsom for signing Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan's Miles Hall Lifeline and Suicide Prevention Act. AB 988 provides funding and a framework for the long-term implementation of the 988 suicide and crisis lifeline to ensure everyone has someone to call, someone to come and somewhere to go. "Thanks to Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan's tireless leadership, we are one step closer to building out the full … Continue Reading


October 03, 2022

Cárdenas, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Applauds President Biden for Affirming Support to Build the National Museum of the American Latino on the National Mall

Washington, D.C. - Representative Tony Cárdenas, alongside all other Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), sent a letter to President Biden urging him to publicly support building the National Museum of the American Latino on the National Mall. During today's White House Hispanic Heritage Month reception, President Biden affirmed his support. "... Congress should take action to honor the Latino community and women with their own museums on the national mall. It's time." … Continue Reading


September 30, 2022

Cárdenas, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Send Letter Urging President Biden to Publicly Support Building the National Museum of the American Latino on the National Mall

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the White House tomorrow, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) joined all 36 Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) to send a letter to President Biden urging him to publicly support building the National Museum of the American Latino on the National Mall. The museum's site has yet to be determined, and due to bureaucratic restrictions, it's unclear if the museum will sit on the National Mall alongside other … Continue Reading


September 27, 2022

Cárdenas Recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month on House Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) spoke on the House Floor to honor the contributions of Latinos to the United States and recognize Hispanic Heritage Month. Below are his remarks on the House floor: "Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today I rise to honor the heritage, culture and immense and amazing contributions of Latinos to the United States by introducing a bicameral resolution recognizing September 15 through October 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. "When you walk into my … Continue Reading

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