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Tony Cárdenas' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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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 issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today's momentous Supreme Court decision has given power back to women in Texas and all across the country. I applaud the Supreme Court for standing on the right side of history by rejecting the absurd premise that women can't make their own health decisions. The laws struck down today are unconstitutional and arrogant. And to be clear, they are a veiled attempt to obstruct women's rights and take away their right to consult with a doctor and make their own personal decisions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1106539/rep-cardenas-on-supreme-courts-ruling-in-whole-womans-health-v-hellerstedt (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "As defenders of women's health, we urge the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to use its existing authority to issue new guidance requiring insurance companies to cover, without cost-sharing, a one-year supply of birth control." http://speier.house.gov/images/pdf/7-2-15_Congressional_Letter_to_HHS_re_12_mobc_dispensing.compressed.pdf (speier.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9754/tony-cardenas#.Va_-nnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A simplified tax code will help grow the economy and will allow those families to keep more of the money they earn." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852413/cardenas-statement-on-tax-reform-proposal/?search=tax%20cuts#.VnsMjGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "By reducing the number of categories and the highest tax rates, reducing the tax burden on small businesses, the City of Los Angeles saw an increase in its revenue and moved the system to support innovation and investment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/778302/the-hill-clock-is-ticking-for-congress-to-fix-our-economy#.VbAAFnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "In February, the Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 502/H.R. 920) was reintroduced. This bill is a bipartisan solution that addresses the growing cost of our federal prison system and reduces some mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenses. […] House Cosponsors of the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015 (H.R. 920): […] Tony Cardenas (D-CA-29)." http://fcnl.org/resources/toolkit/April_2015_Jim.pdf (fcnl.org)
  • "This problem in our community cannot be alleviated by sending out more police officers and arresting more juveniles; we need to stop this problem before it starts. Throughout his career, Congressman Cárdenas has met with police officers, community leaders and justice officials to develop the nation's first comprehensive "Community-Based Gang Intervention Model." This model laid out a new way for the city to combat gang violence without always resorting to arrests and has been implemented in cities throughout the country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/881498/issue-position-reforming-our-justice-system-and-reducing-crime (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Cutting our way out of deficit reduction is the favored Republican approach, but there is another way forward for America. Democrats propose a more equitable tax system, closing loopholes for millionaires who own corporate jets and ending subsidies to big oil. The Republican budget is the wrong approach. Promising us a balanced budget in 10 years, this proposal would actually slow down our economic recovery and slash funding for education, housing and healthcare." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/774093/politico-the-budget-that-kills-the-american-dream#.VbAFWnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I call on all members of Congress, in both houses, to look at our nation. Look at the fragile economic recovery. Look at the people who sent us here. Look them in the eye and tell them that we will make sure our country will pay its bills and that we will fund the programs that businesses and Americans depend on." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/816930/cardenas-statement-on-potential-republican-government-shutdown#.VbADCHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Too much time and money is wasted by normal, everyday American families, trying to figure out how much they owe each year. A simplified tax code will help grow the economy and will allow those families to keep more of the money they earn. According to Chairman Camp, 95 percent of those families will have a return easy enough that it will be unnecessary to hire an accountant simply to file their taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852413/cardenas-statement-on-tax-reform-proposal#.Va_-4XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "By reducing the number of categories and the highest tax rates, reducing the tax burden on small businesses, the City of Los Angeles saw an increase in its revenue and moved the system to support innovation and investment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/778302/the-hill-clock-is-ticking-for-congress-to-fix-our-economy#.VbAAFnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VbAKrHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbAHRXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Since my time on the Los Angeles City Council, I have been a champion of the environment and a proud advocate for renewable energy." http://cardenas.house.gov/6-encourage-clean-energy-alternatives-and-protect-our-environment (cardenas.house.gov)
  • "Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA) yesterday introduced the Low Income Solar Act of 2015 (LISA). Community solar projects and rooftop solar panels are saving ratepayers money, reducing carbon pollution, and improving community health. Unfortunately, low-income families frequently lack the capital to invest in solar, or do not have the infrastructure in their home to allow solar to be installed." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/995880/ellison-cardenas-lee-introduce-low-income-solar-act#.VbALBHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Cárdenas demanded that L.A.’s Department of Water and Power establish its Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, laying out specific goals and timelines for their use of clean energy. And he consistently drafted and supported green energy legislation including his plan to convert the City’s taxi fleet to fuel efficient vehicles." http://cardenas.house.gov/about/full-biography (cardenas.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)
  • "In L.A., I created the Sun Valley Environmental Justice Improvement Zone. This Zone, the first of its kind in the country, was designed to help create a more focused effort toward bringing the people of Sun Valley have a brighter, healthier future. The Zone is designed to help improve air quality for the families who live in an area where far more middle school-aged children than average have asthma and related conditions." http://cardenas.house.gov/6-encourage-clean-energy-alternatives-and-protect-our-environment (cardenas.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9754/tony-cardenas/37#.VbAM-XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.Va_llXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Why would the average person need an assault-type rifle? What's worse, why would we as a country continue to allow just anyone to have one? This is not the first time someone has been able to kill multiple people in a short time all because the person had the kind of gun that was built for military or war." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1097710/rep-cardenas-issues-statement-on-pulse-nightclub-shooting (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. This law, often called 'Obamacare,' is the strongest, most robust improvement made in our nation's healthcare system since Medicare was passed in 1965." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826728/issue-position-effectively-implement-the-affordable-care-act-to-insure-access-to-healthcare#.VbANenUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I am proud to defend the Affordable Care Act, and to help implement it in Los Angeles. If I had been here in 2010, I would have been even more proud to vote for it. The Affordable Care Act is the biggest change to American health care in the past 70 years. It is bringing down costs, covering more Americans and making dozens of other crucial changes to how our nation views health care." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960813/cardenas-recognizes-anniversary-of-affordable-health-care#.VbANNHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We believe it is undeniable that detention in a secure facility is detrimental to mothers and children and is not reflective of our values as a Nation. Children require special protections and should not be laced in jail-like settings." http://grijalva.house.gov/uploads/2015_5_27Family_Detention_Letter.pdf (grijalva.house.gov)
  • "Mr. Speaker, today we celebrate the third anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, otherwise known as the DACA program. Today is also another day of mourning Congress' failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform. DACA is working; 640,000 DREAMers are already part of our American fabric and are contributing to our economy every day thanks to DACA." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/982039/celebrating-the-third-anniversary-of-daca#.VbANxXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The Supreme Court's 4-4 ruling is a painful setback for immigrants in America. While this does not impact the original DACA program that has been in place since 2012, it prevents President Obama's expanded executive actions on immigration to be implemented, leaving millions of families that call America home to continue living in fear." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1097719/rep-cardenas-says-supreme-courts-ruling-is-not-the-end-fight-continues (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "As federal legislators who represent families across this nation, we believe that—like DOMA—state marriage bans deny our citizens the equal protection that the Constitution guarantees." http://www.democraticleader.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/258055-Brief-Appx.pdf (www.democraticleader.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9754/tony-cardenas/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "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. 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/796244/cardenas-statement-on-supreme-court-decision-on-marriage-equality#.VbAOSHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We write to affirm our vigorous opposition to cutting Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits in any final bill to replace sequestration. Earned Social Security and Medicare benefits provide the financial and health protections necessary to keep individuals and families out of poverty." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/766686/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-medicare-medicaid-and-social-security#.VbAUfHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9754/tony-cardenas/53 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Given the state of popular opinion and the impending retirement savings crisis facing this nation, we respectfully urge you to include proposals to expand Social Security benefits for million of Americans to your policy brief at the upcoming Conference." http://www.budget.senate.gov/democratic/public/_cache/files/52b0f60f-d996-47d3-89a4-f186bc32545c/ssletter-edited-7-12-15.pdf (www.budget.senate.gov)

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Inferred Answer

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