Press Releases

September 04, 2020

Cárdenas, Lee Introduce Affordable Solar Energy for Our Communities Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) and Barbara Lee (CA-13) introduced the Affordable Solar Energy for Our Communities Act. This bill establishes a $200 million grant program to finance the planning and construction of solar installations thereby reducing costs for low-income families. “As our country continues to invest in clean energy technology, we need to ensure these opportunities are available to those who may benefit from them most,” said Rep. … Continue Reading

September 03, 2020

Cárdenas Demands Answers from LADWP on Valley Generating Station Methane Leak in Sun Valley

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) sent letters to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) demanding answers on a confirmed methane leak from a facility in the Sun Valley. Last week, an article was published a methane gas leak from the Valley Generating Station, operated by LADWP, that had been leaking hazardous gas for nearly a year with no repairs done. “I was outraged to learn that … Continue Reading

September 02, 2020


(LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA) - Representatives Barbara Lee (CA-13), Ted Lieu (CA-33), Harley Rouda (CA-48) and Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) will host a press call for regional reporters Thursday, September 3rd, at 2:00PM ET/ 11:00AM PT, demanding the Senate act to support local schools and provide the resources they need to keep students safe and protect against potentially devastating cuts to state education budgets. The House passed funding to support local schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic more than … Continue Reading

August 31, 2020

Cárdenas, Davis Introduce COVID-19 Home Safety Act

WASHINGTON, DC - On Friday, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA-29), Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) introduced the COVID-19 Home Safety Act. This bill would require the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to study the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on injuries and deaths associated with consumer products. “Families across America are adapting to this new world of teleworking and virtual schooling,” … Continue Reading

August 27, 2020

Cárdenas, Johnson to Introduce Strengthening Mental Health Supports for BIPOC Communities Act

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, Representatives Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) will introduce the Strengthening Mental Health Supports for BIPOC Communities Act, legislation to improve access to health services for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to make critical advancements in health equity for BIPOC communities by improving access to mental health services under the Community Mental Health Services … Continue Reading

August 24, 2020

Correa, Cárdenas Condemn DHS For Sabotaging Legal Immigration Process With Excessive Fee Increase

Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Lou Correa (CA-46) and Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) joined by eleven of their colleagues, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, expressing their opposition to a new USCIS rule published on August 3, 2020, that drastically increases fees for legal immigrants. Over the past four years, USCIS has increased fees by forty-one percent. Rep. Lou Correa said, “For the first time in U.S. history, the Department of … Continue Reading

August 24, 2020

Cárdenas Statement on Ramon Lopez and Jacob Blake

WASHINGTON, DC -Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) releases the following statement on the killing of Ramon Timothy Lopez and the shooting of Jacob Blake by law enforcement: “Over the past few days, footage of the killing of a Brown man and the shooting of a Black man at the hands of law enforcement have surfaced. Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, was shot seven times in the back in front of his three young children and is now in serious condition. Ramon Lopez, an unarmed Latino, was killed … Continue Reading

August 21, 2020

Cárdenas Announces Candidacy for Assistant Speaker

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) announced his candidacy for the position of Assistant Speaker of the House. The letter copied below was sent to the House Democratic Caucus: “Today, after months of contemplation and conversations with my colleagues, wife, and family, it is with great humility that I announce my candidacy for Assistant Speaker of the House. I make this decision with a commitment of service in my heart and a vision of progress for our country. … Continue Reading

August 13, 2020

Cárdenas Introduces the CARE Act

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) introduced H.R. 8001, the Companion Animal Release from Experiments (CARE) Act. The CARE Act requires research facilities that use dogs, cats, and rabbits for research purposes and receive funding from the National Institutes of Health to develop and implement adoption policies for such animals when no longer used for research. “It’s simple: if a research facility uses pets for research, then they must work to find them homes,” … Continue Reading

August 11, 2020

Cárdenas, Haaland, Chu, Rush, Castro Urge House Democratic Leadership to Prioritize People of Color in Heroes Act Negotiations

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29); Native American Caucus Co-Chair Debra Haaland (NM-1); Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Judy Chu (CA-27); Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Joaquin Castro (TX-20); and Congressman Bobby Rush (IL-1) sent a leader to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn urging them to protect underserved communities and people of color during COVID relief negotiations. The letter highlights … Continue Reading

July 30, 2020

Cárdenas, Fudge Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Emergency Meals

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) and Marcia Fudge (OH-11) introduced the Expanding Access to Emergency Meals Act. This bill ensures that all low-income families have access to emergency meals funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) public assistance during future emergencies and disasters. “The pandemic has thrown our economy into a tailspin,” said Congressman Cárdenas. “Millions of Americans are out of work, can’t afford rent, and unable to put … Continue Reading

July 30, 2020

Cárdenas Introduces Bill to Support Mental Health Services for Students

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Tony Cárdenas (D-CA-29) introduced the Strengthening Behavioral Health Supports for Schools Act. This bipartisan bill would authorize annual funding of $25 million for the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), through Fiscal Year 2025, to operate a technical assistance and training center to provide schools and school systems with mental health and substance use disorder support and … Continue Reading

July 29, 2020

Cárdenas Introduces Bill to Ban Greyhound Racing

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA-29) introduced the Greyhound Protection Act legislation to phase out live greyhound racing. This bill also bans the use of live animals for training of greyhounds. “Greyhound racing is cruel and must end,” said Congressman Tony Cárdenas. “These docile animals are kept in stacked cages for 20 hours or more a day and are subjected to brutal training practices and races, facing the risk of injury and death at every turn. My bill allows … Continue Reading

July 28, 2020

Cárdenas , Hayes Introduces Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) and Congresswoman Hayes (CT-05), will introduce a House Resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. Senators Brown, Booker, and Harris introduced S.Res.655, a companion Resolution in the Senate last week. The legislation is supported by nearly the entire Democratic Caucus. The resolution acknowledges the history of racism and discrimination within health care and the systemic barriers that people of color continue to … Continue Reading

July 28, 2020

We need a Latino museum at the Smithsonian after American history erased us for centuries

We need a Latino museum at the Smithsonian after American history erased us for centuries By Rep. Tony Cárdenas, representing California's 29th Congressional district Since the founding of our great nation, Latinos have been largely invisible and many Latinos, like the Revolutionary War era governor of Louisiana, Bernardo de Gálvez, whose assistance helped America win the conflict, to Civil War naval hero David Farragut - who is famous for the battle cry "Damn the … Continue Reading

July 27, 2020

Cárdenas Applauds House Passage of National Museum of the American Latino Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA-29) applauded the historic passage of H.R. 2420, the National Museum of the American Latino Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 2420 would establish a Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino on the National Mall dedicated to honoring the contributions of American Latinos throughout U.S. history. This is the first time the bill has passed the House. Representatives José E. Serrano (D-NY-15) and Rep. Will Hurd … Continue Reading

July 24, 2020


Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Congressman Tony Cárdenas today introduced the Virtual Community Support Act to strengthen community-based and peer support services virtually both during and after the pandemic. Specifically, it would create a new program at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide training and development to increase the workforce, enable providers and peers to move their services virtually, and help identify and … Continue Reading

July 23, 2020


Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas and Congressman Joe Kennedy III introduced the Crisis Counseling Act, which would automatically approve requests by any state, territory, and tribe for a Crisis Counseling and Training Program (CCP) after it had been granted a Stafford Act declaration. The legislation would remove bureaucratic hurdles that delayed critical support for communities as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the United States. “Our mental health is just as … Continue Reading

July 21, 2020

Cárdenas, Sewell, Walorski, Kind, and Fitzpatrick Introduce Legislation to Expand Telehealth Services for Seniors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07), Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), Jackie Walorski (IN-02), Ron Kind (WI-03), and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) introduced the Ensuring Parity in MA for Audio-Only Telehealth Act, bipartisan legislation to help ensure Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollees who cannot access the video component during telehealth visits are able to access care through audio visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Since the COVID-19 outbreak, an increasing number of Americans have … Continue Reading

July 14, 2020

Cárdenas Statement on LAUSD Fall Semester Announcement

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY - Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) released the following statement on the decision by the Los Angeles Unified School Districts (LAUSD) to continue online learning in the fall semester: “After the first coronavirus surge in April, we did a great job flattening the curve in Los Angeles and California and our economy opened up. But too many people became complacent and forgot what must be done to stay safe and rebuild our economy. Mayor Garcetti and Governor Newsom have … Continue Reading

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