Press Releases

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


September 23, 2022

Cárdenas, Porter Bipartisan Bill to Increase Public Safety, Protect Americans Experiencing Mental Health Crises Passes House

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Mental Health Justice Act, led by Representatives Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), Katie Porter (CA-45), Michelle Steel (CA-48), Ayanna Pressley (MA-7) and Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-5), passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. The legislation would empower state and local governments to send trained mental health professionals instead of police when 911 is called for someone experiencing a mental health crisis. "Time and again, we've seen repeating tragedies … Continue Reading


September 23, 2022

Cárdenas, Envigo Beagles Show They CARE on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Beagles rescued from the Envigo breeding and research facility in Virginia visited Capitol Hill this week to help give even more laboratory survivors a second chance at life with loving families. The meet-and-greet at the Rayburn House Office Building was hosted by Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), sponsor of the Companion Animal Release from Experiments (CARE) Act, which would ensure that dogs, cats and rabbits, are put up for adoption when no longer needed for … Continue Reading


September 21, 2022

Cárdenas Statement on Radical Republicans Flooding the 988 Lifeline with Prank Calls

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), sponsor of the 988 Implementation Act, released the following statement after it was reported that 1776 Restoration Movement members flooded the 988 Lifeline with prank calls earlier this week: "I am extremely concerned and appalled at the news that radical Republicans are prank-calling 988, the suicide and crisis lifeline for veterans. The men and women who served our nation should not have to wait to get the help they need … Continue Reading


September 20, 2022

Cárdenas Joins Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), House Leadership, Partners and Advocates to Address Voting Rights Issues

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Congressional leaders met with advocates to discuss legislative solutions for voting rights issues ahead of the upcoming midterm elections. Topics in today's policy roundtable included voter registration and ballot access; voter education and language accessibility; voter I.D. laws, roll purging, and precinct closures; as well as mis/disinformation. Since the 2020 election, 19 … Continue Reading


September 15, 2022

Cárdenas, Menendez, Cornyn Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Resolution Commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), alongside Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) led 109 of their colleagues in introducing a commemorative resolution recognizing September 15th through October 15th, 2022, as Hispanic Heritage Month. The resolution celebrates the heritage, culture and immense contributions of Latinos to the United States. "Latino history has always been American history, since the birth of our nation and into its bright … Continue Reading


September 15, 2022

Cárdenas Introduces Bipartisan Access to Critical Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Services Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Tony Cárdenas and Reps. Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-GA) and Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) today introduced The Access to Critical Non-Emergency Transportation Services Act, which expands access to non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) for vulnerable dual-eligible Medicare and Medicaid patients. Currently, Medicare beneficiaries must obtain prior authorization before accessing ambulance rides to dialysis or diabetes wound care services, threatening … Continue Reading


September 07, 2022

Cárdenas Applauds Over $88 Million in Federal Funding for Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, during National Suicide Prevention Week, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) applauded the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for awarding over $40 million in youth mental health grants in August and announcing they will provide nearly $48 million in new grant opportunities for school-based mental health programs. The Biden Administration's focus on improving suicide prevention awareness programs and especially the Administration's … Continue Reading


August 24, 2022

Cárdenas Statement on Biden’s Historic Decision to Cancel Up to $20,000 in Student Loan Debt, Extend Payment Pause

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) released the following statement after President Biden announced he is extending the student loan payment pause and canceling $20,000 in student loan debt for Pell Grant recipients and $10,000 for individuals making less than $125,000: "Today is a great day for the millions of Americans who have been drowning in student loan debt. This is huge! We are talking about an entire generation of individuals from working-class … Continue Reading


August 17, 2022

Cárdenas, L.A. Congressional Delegation: More Monkeypox Virus Vaccines Needed

LOS ANGELES - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) and 10 members of the Los Angeles County area Congressional Delegation sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra highlighting the urgent need to increase the supply of the monkeypox virus vaccine. This comes as the L.A. County Department of Public Health reported more than 100 new cases over the weekend and that its vaccine supply is expected to run out in the next two weeks, forcing them to pause … Continue Reading


August 12, 2022

Cárdenas Secures Key Clean Energy Wins in the Historic Inflation Reduction Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes key wins that he led to fund clean school buses and increase access to solar energy for low-income and communities of color. This transformative, historic piece of legislation includes Democratic priorities to lower health care costs, lower energy costs, combat climate change and ensure that corporations pay their fair share. "Anyone can see that the climate crisis is … Continue Reading


August 11, 2022

Cárdenas, Los Angeles County Showcase New National 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

LOS ANGELES - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) as well as leaders from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and Didi Hirsch's Suicide Prevention Center showcased the new National 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. In 2020, Congress designated 988 as the new, free, 24/7 dialing code to connect callers to the former National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. As of July 16, 2022, people in California who are experiencing a mental health crisis, emotional distress or … Continue Reading


July 28, 2022

Cárdenas, Underwood, Pressley, Menendez, Booker, Warren, Schumer, Lead 100 Members of Congress in Urging Biden Administration to Extend Student Loan Payment Pause

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ahead of the federal student loan payment pause set to expire at the end of next month, U.S. Representatives Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.-29), Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.-14) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.-07), alongside Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), today led a bicameral group of 100 Members of Congress in urging the Biden Administration to extend the student loan payment pause beyond August 31, 2022. This … Continue Reading


July 27, 2022

Cárdenas to Represent San Fernando High School During Congressional Baseball Game

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tomorrow, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) will be wearing his San Fernando High School Tigers uniform while playing at the annual bipartisan Congressional Baseball Game. Since 1909, the Congressional Baseball Game has been an annual bipartisan event beloved by all and enjoyed by thousands. Not only is the game a chance for Members of the United States Congress from each party solidify friendships off the floor and on the field, it also raises money for Washington, … Continue Reading


July 26, 2022

Cárdenas, Porter and Warren Reintroduce the Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, United States Representatives Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) reintroduced the bipartisan Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act, legislation that would strengthen oversight and enforcement of federal mental health and substance use disorder parity laws. This bill was previously introduced by Senator Warren in 2016, 2018, and again in 2019. For the first time, the Behavioral Health Coverage … Continue Reading


July 20, 2022

Cárdenas Applauds Launch of 988, Calls for Funding Lifeline at All Levels of Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) applauded the July 16 launch of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. In 2020, Congress designated 988 as the new, free, 24/7 dialing code to connect callers to the former National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. As of this past Saturday, anyone anywhere will be able to reach out to 988 if they, or someone they know, is experiencing a mental health or substance-related crisis. In 2021, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline … Continue Reading


July 15, 2022

Cárdenas Votes to Defend Americans’ Reproductive Health Freedoms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) voted for bold legislative action to defend women's health freedom in response to the Supreme Court's dangerous decision overturning Roe v. Wade - as well as Republicans' push for a nationwide abortion ban. The Women's Health Protection Act will ensure Americans' right to make their own health decisions, and the Ensuring Women's Right to Reproductive Freedom Act will reaffirm the right to freely travel throughout the country … Continue Reading


July 14, 2022

Cárdenas Amendment to Create Report on Azerbaijan's Activities in Nagorno Karabakh Passes in Annual House Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023, which includes a bipartisan amendment introduced by Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) and co-led by Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-28)and Congressman Brad Sherman (CA-30). The amendment requires a report from the Secretary of Defense in consultation with the Secretary of State on the use of U.S. parts in Turkish drones by Azerbaijan in Nagorno Karabakh, … Continue Reading


July 14, 2022

Cárdenas Introduces Bill to Require Air Conditioning in All USPS Trucks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) reintroduced the Peggy Frank Memorial Act, which keeps postal workers safe by requiring any delivery vehicle owned or leased by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to include a climate control unit. In July 2018, Peggy Frank of North Hills was running her usual route in the San Fernando Valley on a 117-degree day when she passed away from heat exhaustion. The Postal Service truck she was driving did not have air conditioning. … Continue Reading


June 29, 2022

Cárdenas Announces Winner of 2022 Congressional Art Competition

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY - Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) announced Danella Vigil, a graduating senior at Mission Continuation High School, as the winner of this year's Congressional Art Competition. "Every year San Fernando Valley students submit works of art that are as inspiring as they are impressive," said Congressman Cárdenas. "I'd like to congratulate our winner of this year's Congressional Art Competition, Danella Vigil, for her piece 'In Youth We Trust.' Her artwork is … Continue Reading

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