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Tony Cárdenas' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Issue Positions

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  • Signed a letter stating: "We, the undersigned members of Congress, urge you to reject a policy agenda that would harm women, starting with your efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and defund Planned Parenthood. Many people are fearful about how your presidency will affect women and girls. You have promised to nominate Supreme Court Justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade." (
  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Choice" (
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (
  • "Today is a day to celebrate, as the Supreme Court reaffirms what we should already know as a nation: men and women have the ability and constitutional right to make their own health decisions, and government bodies cannot stand between a woman and her doctor. I proudly stand up, today and every day, for the right of every woman to live her life and make her own choices." (
  • Rated 22% by National Taxpayers Union. (
  • "For these reasons and more, I voted against the Republican Tax Scam. A majority of Americans oppose this bill. My Republican colleagues should have listened to the American people instead of their donors. They have stolen from American taxpayers' stockings to leave massive gifts under their corporate donors' trees." (
  • "The #GOPTaxScam gives 83 percent of the tax cuts to the wealthiest 1 percent and explodes the deficit. Republicans will stop at nothing to keep their donors happy, while sticking our children and grandchildren with the bill." (
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "I genuinely hate when people go hungry, when people don't have a place to live, and when people get cheated out of things that they've earned," said Congressman Cárdenas. "Some of these seniors have health issues after a lifetime of backbreaking work. Medicare is something that's there because you've worked hard for it and earned it. It's the same thing over and over -- Republicans snuggle up to seniors during campaign season. And now that we're back in Congress, they want to gut Medicare and end Social Security." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We look forward to continuing to work with you to further strengthen the Medicare Advantage program and ensure millions of seniors have access to comprehensive, affordable health coverage choices." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 - For the People Act of 2019. (
  • "This past week, millions of Americans across the country came out and speak out against racial injustices and policing practices that target black and brown communities," said Congressman Cárdenas. "One thing is clear: we must change policing in America. That is why I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing the Justice in Policing Act. This bold legislation includes several proposals that will increase transparency and accountability." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (
  • "The United States has the greatest military in the world, both in terms of our national arsenal and manpower," said Congressman Tony Cárdenas. "We spend more on our national defense than any other developed country, yet our service members do not have adequate protective hearing equipment when they are serving abroad or adequate medical devices when they return home. I am proud that my hearing protection measure for our troops was included in the final passage of the FY20 NDAA. We need to ensure that our men and women of the Armed Forces have all the tools and resources at their disposal to help ensure that their missions are carried out successfully, minimize mission risk, and transition back to civilian life when they return home. I am proud to have supported the passage of this year's defense authorization and I urge the Senate to do their job and pass this bill." (
  • Rated 21% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Rated 92% by Council for a Livable World. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Agreement Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;" (
  • Signed a letter stating: "As the U.S. House of Representatives continues to work on a much needed infrastructure package, the New Democrat Coalition urges you to recommit to working with Congress on comprehensive and bipartisan legislation. The New Democrat Coalition, a group of more than 100 Democrats in the House seeking to look at old problems through a new lens, view this effort to modernize America's aging infrastructure as an essential component of our broader efforts to create jobs, spur economic growth, and increase our global competitiveness. We believe this is an opportunity for a bold bipartisan effort. Afterall, nobody cares what party you are in when sitting in traffic." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (
  • "For these reasons and more, I voted against the Republican Tax Scam. A majority of Americans oppose this bill. My Republican colleagues should have listened to the American people instead of their donors. They have stolen from American taxpayers' stockings to leave massive gifts under their corporate donors' trees." (
  • "The #GOPTaxScam gives 83 percent of the tax cuts to the wealthiest 1 percent and explodes the deficit. Republicans will stop at nothing to keep their donors happy, while sticking our children and grandchildren with the bill." (
  • "Under your leadership, we passed the historic $2 trillion CARES Act. While this action benefited many Americans, more must be done to protect and support communities of color. Moreover, Senate Republicans jammed through nearly $174 billion in tax breaks for big companies and wealthy individuals earning more than $1 million. Let's be clear: these tax breaks were nothing more than a gift to President Trump, the Republicans, and their rich friends. This was yet another legislative example of the rich getting richer off the backs of low-income, hardworking Americans." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 925 - The Heroes Act. (
  • Rated 100% by Environment America. (
  • "Since my time on the Los Angeles City Council, I have been a champion of the environment and a proud advocate for renewable energy." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Congress cannot afford to maintain the status quo. The IPCC report found that climate change is occurring earlier and more rapidly than expected and that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society. If we maintain the status quo, we only have 12 years before we will reach a global warming of 1.5°C. According to the NCA, the dominant cause is human activities, particularly greenhouse gas emissions. We already see the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather events, deadly wildfires, rising sea levels, and diminishing Arctic sea ice. Inaction and underinvestment will increase the risk of long-lasting or irreversible change." (
  • Rated 100% by Environment America. (
  • "That is why now is the time for us to demand that something change. We can correct course from last night. We can combat the ignorance that pervades the minds of the elected Congressmen and women who don't believe this nation has a gun issue. We can overcome the heartache that targeted acts of violence and hate crimes bring to our communities. Congress must address these issues head-on and find a better solution now." (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (
  • Rated 0% by National Rifle Association (
  • "TODAY, instead of trying to prevent gun violence, Republicans in Congress actually passed an NRA priority: #HR38, which allows untrained people to carry a concealed gun ANYWHERE in America if they have a permit from other states, even those with little to no requirements to obtain one. I voted NO on #HR38 because it makes it more difficult for police to do their job. #HR38 is opposed by law enforcement, 17 attorneys general, mayors across the country, and healthcare professionals." (
  • "President Trump is continuing to screw over the American people with the latest ACA repeal attempt and is aiming to rip healthcare away from millions of Americans," said Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29). "This is an all-out assault on Americans' health and safety. Throwing out the ACA entirely and eliminating coverage for millions of people is dangerous and irresponsible. Rather than attempting to dismantle a system that protects families and 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, we should work together to improve it and build on the progress of President Obama. But Republicans are more interested in giving huge tax breaks to President Trump and his corrupt friends than American families." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • Rated 0% by Federation for American Immigration Reform. (
  • "I voted 'NO' because this bill spends $1.6 billion of American taxpayer money for a border wall that Trump promised Mexico would pay for." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "If Speaker Ryan does not call a vote on the DREAM Act (H.R. 3440) as a standalone bill, which would pass with bipartisan support, then he has two ways to approach the pending funding vote. First, he can choose to coalesce his Republican colleagues, including the extreme factions, and enact a hardline budget that drastically cuts funding for essential programs, all while attempting to increase funding for the unpopular border wall. " (
  • "@realDonaldTrump claims to want to protect Dreamers, but the first Dreamer has been deported under his administration: #RenewDACA" (
  • Rated 0% by Federation for American Immigration Reform. (
  • "We need comprehensive immigration reform to create a fair and practical path to citizenship." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Absent credible and accurate information confirming a material breach, we are concerned that withholding certification of Iran's compliance or walking away from the JCPOA would harm our alliances, embolden Iran, and threaten U.S. national security. We are further concerned that non-certification based on justificiations beyond the scope of the nuclear agreement would threaten global non-proliferation efforts and send exactly the wrong message to North Korea at the moment we are trying to diplomatically defuse that crisis." (
  • ""I cannot support any agreement that allows leeway to the repressive regime in Iran. While we discuss and debate their nuclear ambitions, Iran remains the leading state sponsor of terror, using conventional weapons, in a world where that threat manifests daily." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We are writing to urge that you do not withhold certification on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) absent credible evidence of a material breach by Iran. Some of us voted for, and some against, the nuclear agreement with Iran. Nonetheless, we are united in our belief that enforcing this agreement to the fullest extent will provide the United States with more leverage to stop a potential Iranian nuclear weapons program and push back on Iran's destabilizing activities." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "American auto workers, parts suppliers and retailers, dealers, vehicle service providers, and millions of consumers depend on a healthy and competitive U.S. auto industry. As you know, this vital sector employs nearly four percent of our total private sector workforce and is a key engine that powers our economy. However, if tariffs were to be implemented, new vehicle prices will likely increase, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs." (
  • "Trump's tariffs are preventing Valley businesses from growing and are stopping them from hiring, ultimately making it harder to compete with China. This is hurting the economy in Southern California and across the United States. The American people are the biggest losers in Trump's trade war. He is killing the American dream." (

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