Constituent Service By Numbers

  • 117th Congress in Review

  • 1,880Constituent Cases Helped
  • 123,882Responses to Letters, Emails, Calls
  • 1,840,000Returned to Constituents
  • 3,380,015,690Money Invested

Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

I believe that if families in the Inland Empire have to adhere to a budget and make difficult decisions, the federal government should have to as well. Budget deficits and a growing federal debt could hurt the U.S. economy and constrain future policy priorities. However, we cannot simply impose arbitrary cuts in order to reign in the federal budget, and our budget cannot be balanced on the backs of the middle class or the poor.

I served in the California legislature during the recession and our state’s budget crisis, and I know what it takes to make the tough choices to reduce spending and streamline programs while preserving the services many Californians depend on.  We must work together to make common sense budget reforms, including eliminating duplicative or wasteful programs, while also reforming our complicated, loop-hole ridden tax code so we can provide relief for middle-class families and incentives for businesses that are creating jobs here at home. This common sense approach will lead to government efficiency, less government debt, and broader economic prosperity for all Americans. 

Creo que, si las familias del Inland Empire tienen que comprometerse a un presupuesto y tomar decisiones difíciles, el gobierno federal también debería hacerlo. Los déficits presupuestarios y una creciente deuda federal podrían dañar la economía de Estados Unidos y limitar las prioridades políticas futuras. Sin embargo, no podemos simplemente imponer recortes arbitrarios en el presupuesto federal, y nuestro presupuesto no puede equilibrarse mientras le damos la espalda a la clase media o a los pobres.

Serví en la legislatura de California durante la recesión y la crisis presupuestaria de nuestro estado, y sé lo que se necesita para tomar decisiones difíciles para reducir los gastos y optimizar los programas mientras se preservan los servicios de los que dependen muchos californianos. Debemos trabajar juntos para hacer reformas presupuestarias de sentido común, incluyendo la eliminación de programas duplicados o derrochadores, al mismo tiempo que reformar nuestro código de impuestos complicado y lleno de lagunas para que podamos brindar alivio a las familias de clase media e incentivos para las empresas que están creando empleos aquí en casa. Este enfoque de sentido común conducirá  la eficiencia del gobierno, menos deuda pública, y una mayor prosperidad económica para todos los estadounidenses.

More on Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

March 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) implored Export-Import Bank Chair, Kimberly Reed, to avoid supporting exports of critically needed medical supplies like hand sanitizer and face masks to China as coronavirus spreads across the United States.

February 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) released the following statement today in response to President Donald Trump’s FY 2021 Budget Request, which slashes deeply at domestic programs to help working and low-income Americans, in some cases, eliminating them outright.


December 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today voted to pass the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act (H.R. 5377), which protects low- to middle-income households from a variety of harmful provisions in a 2017 tax cut for corporations and wealthy individuals.


Specifically, the legislation:

December 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Congress voted this week on legislation that bound national security funding with money for a wall on our southern border and immigrant detention centers.


The National Security Appropriations Minibus (H.R. 1158) includes four appropriations bills: Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Financial Services and General Government, and Homeland Security.


Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) released the following statement after voting against the measure:


December 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, today voted to support a legislative package of eight appropriations bills to fund domestic functions of the federal government through fiscal year 2020.


December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today passed four provisions out of the House of Representatives that will likely become law as part of the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA).


Four provisions is a notable policy footprint, particularly for someone who does not sit on the committee of jurisdiction.


November 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) released the following statement today announcing her appointment as Co-Chair to the New Democrat Coalition Housing Task Force.


“I bought my first home at the age of twenty-three – not many can say the same today,” Rep. Torres said.As a longtime resident of the Inland Empire, I know that the biggest barrier preventing our community from reaching its full economic potential is lack of affordable housing units.”


June 25, 2019 Press Release

According to a 2018 California State University-San Bernardino report, commuting costs for San Bernardino and Los Angeles County residents averaged $11,138 per year


Federal funding could benefit several projects in California’s 35th Congressional District, including the Foothill Gold Line extension and the #BUILDFontana infrastructure upgrade   


March 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement after President Trump submitted his fiscal year 2020 budget request:


February 26, 2019 In The News

THE HOUSE MOVED TUESDAY to undo President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to pay for a border wall with money Congress has not approved, setting up a battle over how much authority a president has and how much members of Trump's own party are prepared to defy him.


In a strictly party-line 229-193 vote, the House approved the "rule" for a resolution disapproving of Trump's Feb. 15 declaration. The rule, which sets terms of debate for legislation, is generally an indicator of how the final vote will go.