Representative Tony Cárdenas's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 29, Democratic
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Tony Cárdenas has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Tony Cárdenas is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Tony Cardenas. Issue Position: Protecting Democratic Values. 26 March 2012. "For more than a decade in public office, Tony Cardenas has built a consistent record protecting working families, standing up for equal rights and equal opportunities for all Californians: [¦] --protecting a woman's right to choose." (www.tonycardenasforcongress.com)
  • Tony Cardenas. Issue Position: Protecting Democratic Values. 26 March 2012. "For more than a decade in public office, Tony Cardenas has built a consistent record protecting working families, standing up for equal rights and equal opportunities for all Californians: [¦] --protecting a woman's right to choose." (www.tonycardenasforcongress.com)
  • Tony Cárdenas was rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (Positions)"We are made up of pro-choice women and men across the United States. Together, we protect a woman's right to choose. How do we protect the right to choose, exactly? We lobby Congress to convince your elected representatives to support your right to choose. We organize women and men to make sure that lawmakers hear from the pro-choice people they represent. We connect what happens in Congress or in the states to how it affects your ability to make private decisions, like choosing legal abortion. We work with our state affiliates to advance ideas that are good for women's freedom. We fight back against the bad ideas that threaten our privacy. NARAL Pro-Choice America uses the political process to elect lawmakers who share our pro-choice values and defeat candidates who don't. We are passionate about our work—and we couldn't do our job without the great people who stand with us." (votesmart.org)
  • Tony Cárdenas was rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (Positions)"We are made up of pro-choice women and men across the United States. Together, we protect a woman's right to choose. How do we protect the right to choose, exactly? We lobby Congress to convince your elected representatives to support your right to choose. We organize women and men to make sure that lawmakers hear from the pro-choice people they represent. We connect what happens in Congress or in the states to how it affects your ability to make private decisions, like choosing legal abortion. We work with our state affiliates to advance ideas that are good for women's freedom. We fight back against the bad ideas that threaten our privacy. NARAL Pro-Choice America uses the political process to elect lawmakers who share our pro-choice values and defeat candidates who don't. We are passionate about our work—and we couldn't do our job without the great people who stand with us." (votesmart.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Tony Cardenas. Cardenas for Congress Announces Endorsements of Key California Legislators. 6 September 2011. "I know that when we put aside politics as usual we can create jobs and get our economy back on track." (www.tonycardenasforcongress.com)
  • Tony Cardenas. Cardenas for Congress Announces Endorsements of Key California Legislators. 6 September 2011. "I know that when we put aside politics as usual we can create jobs and get our economy back on track." (www.tonycardenasforcongress.com)

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  • Tony Cardenas. Consensus-Builder Cardenas Aims to Break Washington Gridlock. 29 July 2011. "Cardenas is a champion for public schools who secured more than $650 million for new school construction in Los Angeles to help relieve over-crowding in classes. He is also the only legislator to reform the state lottery resulting in more than $1 billion to date for textbooks and classroom materials “ benefiting school children and teachers without raising taxes." (www.tonycardenasforcongress.com)
  • Tony Cardenas. Issue Position: Protecting Democratic Values. 26 March 2012. "For more than a decade in public office, Tony Cardenas has built a consistent record protecting working families, standing up for equal rights and equal opportunities for all Californians. “ ensuring that all kids have access to a good public school and access to college." (www.tonycardenasforcongress.com)
  • Tony Cardenas. Consensus-Builder Cardenas Aims to Break Washington Gridlock. 29 July 2011. "Cardenas is a champion for public schools who secured more than $650 million for new school construction in Los Angeles to help relieve over-crowding in classes. He is also the only legislator to reform the state lottery resulting in more than $1 billion to date for textbooks and classroom materials “ benefiting school children and teachers without raising taxes." (www.tonycardenasforcongress.com)
  • Tony Cardenas. Issue Position: Fighting for the Valley. 1 January 2012. "Under state lottery reforms pioneered by Cardenas, California classrooms have received $1 billion in new textbooks and classroom materials...Cardenas secured more than $650 million for new school construction in Los Angeles to help relieve overcrowding in our kids' classrooms." (votesmart.org)
  • Tony Cardenas. Issue Position: Protecting Democratic Values. 26 March 2012. "For more than a decade in public office, Tony Cardenas has built a consistent record protecting working families, standing up for equal rights and equal opportunities for all Californians. “ ensuring that all kids have access to a good public school and access to college." (www.tonycardenasforcongress.com)
  • Tony Cardenas. Issue Position: Fighting for the Valley. 1 January 2012. "Under state lottery reforms pioneered by Cardenas, California classrooms have received $1 billion in new textbooks and classroom materials...Cardenas secured more than $650 million for new school construction in Los Angeles to help relieve overcrowding in our kids' classrooms." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tony Cardenas. Issue Position: Cleaning Up Our Neighborhoods. 26 March 2012. "Tony Cardenas is committed to cleaning up our air, land and water. It is his law that protects kids from the toxic fumes emitted by school buses. He is also leading the city's effort to fine and shut down corporate polluters, and Cardenas established a new law requiring new industrial businesses meet tough safety standards to protect public health." (www.tonycardenasforcongress.com)
  • Tony Cardenas. Video: Tony Cardenas (part 1 of 2). 31 July 2008. "I just wanted to applaud the effort of our increasing ability to reduce our carbon footprint as a city." (www.youtube.com)
  • Tony Cardenas. Video: Tony Cardenas (part 1 of 2). 31 July 2008. "I just wanted to applaud the effort of our increasing ability to reduce our carbon footprint as a city." (www.youtube.com)
  • Tony Cardenas. Issue Position: Cleaning Up Our Neighborhoods. 26 March 2012. "Tony Cardenas is committed to cleaning up our air, land and water. It is his law that protects kids from the toxic fumes emitted by school buses. He is also leading the city's effort to fine and shut down corporate polluters, and Cardenas established a new law requiring new industrial businesses meet tough safety standards to protect public health." (www.tonycardenasforcongress.com)

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  • "We agree with you that we must honor the victims of the recent shootings in Portland, Las Vegas and Santa Barbara. But moments of silence on the floor of the House are not enough. The last thing these victims and their families need is further silence from this Congress. They deserve a vote.Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system. Dozens of legislative proposals that address these factors have been introduced and await consideration. But despite wake-up call after wake-up call, a shameful tradition of Congressional inaction continues.Gun violence has affected constituents in every Congressional district, and as their representatives, Members of Congress deserve the opportunity to vote on bills that would address this epidemic.Congressional silence is not a sign of respect, but rather an institutional indictment. We must right this wrong. You must allow a vote on substantive legislation to address gun violence." (votesmart.org)
  • Darrell Satzman. Los Angeles Times: Ordinance Aims at Local Gun Dealers. 17 May 1997. "Local firearms dealers would be required to tighten their security arrangements or risk losing their licenses under a proposed ordinance that will be introduced at Monday's City Council meeting by Mayor Raul Godinez II...If it passes, the ordinance would require firearms dealers in San Fernando to comply with a state law governing the storage of commercial firearms that currently only applies to cities with more than 50,000 residents...On Friday, Godinez was joined by Assemblymen Tony Cardenas (D-Sylmar) and Robert Hertzberg (D-Sherman Oaks) and Police Chief Dominick Rivetti at a news conference to announce the proposed ordinance...the law would make San Fernando and its surrounding communities safer by reducing the number of stolen weapons on the street." (articles.latimes.com)
  • Nancy Hill-Holtzman. Los Angeles Times: Politicians Say State Should Allow Stronger Local Gun Control. 1 March 1997. "Democratic Assemblyman Tony Cardenas' Sylmar district also abuts the crime scene. He predicted the shootout would spur legislators to action in Sacramento. 'We should be much more aggressive in preventing people from getting their hands on those guns,' Cardenas said. 'I can't fathom why anyone would need a weapon like that.'" (articles.latimes.com)
  • "We agree with you that we must honor the victims of the recent shootings in Portland, Las Vegas and Santa Barbara. But moments of silence on the floor of the House are not enough. The last thing these victims and their families need is further silence from this Congress. They deserve a vote.Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system. Dozens of legislative proposals that address these factors have been introduced and await consideration. But despite wake-up call after wake-up call, a shameful tradition of Congressional inaction continues.Gun violence has affected constituents in every Congressional district, and as their representatives, Members of Congress deserve the opportunity to vote on bills that would address this epidemic.Congressional silence is not a sign of respect, but rather an institutional indictment. We must right this wrong. You must allow a vote on substantive legislation to address gun violence." (votesmart.org)
  • Darrell Satzman. Los Angeles Times: Ordinance Aims at Local Gun Dealers. 17 May 1997. "Local firearms dealers would be required to tighten their security arrangements or risk losing their licenses under a proposed ordinance that will be introduced at Monday's City Council meeting by Mayor Raul Godinez II...If it passes, the ordinance would require firearms dealers in San Fernando to comply with a state law governing the storage of commercial firearms that currently only applies to cities with more than 50,000 residents...On Friday, Godinez was joined by Assemblymen Tony Cardenas (D-Sylmar) and Robert Hertzberg (D-Sherman Oaks) and Police Chief Dominick Rivetti at a news conference to announce the proposed ordinance...the law would make San Fernando and its surrounding communities safer by reducing the number of stolen weapons on the street." (articles.latimes.com)
  • Nancy Hill-Holtzman. Los Angeles Times: Politicians Say State Should Allow Stronger Local Gun Control. 1 March 1997. "Democratic Assemblyman Tony Cardenas' Sylmar district also abuts the crime scene. He predicted the shootout would spur legislators to action in Sacramento. 'We should be much more aggressive in preventing people from getting their hands on those guns,' Cardenas said. 'I can't fathom why anyone would need a weapon like that.'" (articles.latimes.com)

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  • Congressman Cárdenas believes the first challenge to reforming our broken immigration system is creating a path to citizenship for those who are already here, while not encouraging further unauthorized border crossings. We must strengthen our borders and develop a strategy for achieving and maintaining effective security in our border communities. We also must reform our guest worker program. We have to protect farm workers who provide the fruit and vegetables we eat every day. Congressman Cárdenas also refuses to weaken the modest requirements in the current H-2A program.
  • Congressman Cárdenas believes the first challenge to reforming our broken immigration system is creating a path to citizenship for those who are already here, while not encouraging further unauthorized border crossings. We must strengthen our borders and develop a strategy for achieving and maintaining effective security in our border communities. We also must reform our guest worker program. We have to protect farm workers who provide the fruit and vegetables we eat every day. Congressman Cárdenas also refuses to weaken the modest requirements in the current H-2A program.
  • Tony Cardenas. Twitter: @tonycardenassfv. 15 June 2012. "I applaud President Obama's action in response to Congress's inaction. This will allow millions of determined... http://twitter.com/tonycardenassfv/status/213781697894948866 (fb.me)
  • Tony Cardenas. Twitter: @tonycardenassfv. 15 June 2012. "I applaud President Obama's action in response to Congress's inaction. This will allow millions of determined... http://twitter.com/tonycardenassfv/status/213781697894948866 (fb.me)

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  • Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) today issued a statement following the decisions by the United States Supreme Court to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act and to dismiss attempts to overturn the lower court ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional."Today is a momentous and joyful day for those of us who believe that our government should not legislate who we love and who we choose to commit to through the vows of marriage," said Cárdenas. "Both DOMA and California's hateful Proposition 8 were the results of a campaign of fear, waged to 'protect' against a threat that has never existed. The commitment to love by one consenting couple will never threaten the marriage vows of another such couple. I am very pleased that laws making any such love and commitment illegal will no longer be the law of our land. I congratulate those men and women who have fought toward this day with a simple goal in mind, to prove the staggering concept that all people are created equal. Their love is equal to the love I share with my wife. Today, that equality has been written into law." (votesmart.org)
  • Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) today issued a statement following the decisions by the United States Supreme Court to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act and to dismiss attempts to overturn the lower court ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional."Today is a momentous and joyful day for those of us who believe that our government should not legislate who we love and who we choose to commit to through the vows of marriage," said Cárdenas. "Both DOMA and California's hateful Proposition 8 were the results of a campaign of fear, waged to 'protect' against a threat that has never existed. The commitment to love by one consenting couple will never threaten the marriage vows of another such couple. I am very pleased that laws making any such love and commitment illegal will no longer be the law of our land. I congratulate those men and women who have fought toward this day with a simple goal in mind, to prove the staggering concept that all people are created equal. Their love is equal to the love I share with my wife. Today, that equality has been written into law." (votesmart.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Tony Cardenas. Consensus-Builder Cardenas Aims to Break Washington Gridlock. 29 July 2011. "If entrusted by the voters to represent them in our nation's capitol, they look to my record of leadership, knowing I'll protect Social Security and Medicare so they remain strong for our seniors both today and tomorrow." (www.tonycardenasforcongress.com)
  • Tony Cardenas. Consensus-Builder Cardenas Aims to Break Washington Gridlock. 29 July 2011. "If entrusted by the voters to represent them in our nation's capitol, they look to my record of leadership, knowing I'll protect Social Security and Medicare so they remain strong for our seniors both today and tomorrow." (www.tonycardenasforcongress.com)

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