Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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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. 

More on Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

January 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement after being appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and confirmed by her colleagues of the Democratic Caucus to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for appropriating all federal spending, domestic and abroad:


December 28, 2018 Page

Will my mail still arrive during the shutdown?

Yes.  The U.S. Postal Service is not affected by a government shutdown.  The U.S. Postal Service is an independent entity that is funded through the sale of its products and services, and not by tax dollars.

Will I continue to receive my Social Security checks?
Yes.  During a government shutdown, recipients continue to receive their Social Security checks. 

June 6, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) led thirty-nine members of Congress in a letter calling on the Subcommittee on Homeland Security of the House Committee on Appropriations not to utilize taxpayer funds in the FY 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill to deport individuals eligible for the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program.


May 3, 2018 Press Release

The Keep Your Home Act would strengthen investment in vital homeowner assistance program, the Hardest Hit Fund


To date, more than 80,000 homeowners in California alone, and hundreds of thousands in participating states have been assisted by the program   


April 30, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona), member of the powerful Rules Committee which helps determine the passage of amendments, announced that two amendments she offered to the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 passed on the House floor. The first amendment would create an Environmental Mitigation Pilot Program to allow the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide additional funding for airport improvements at vacant facilities, including those located in Ontario.

April 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – In letters to the House Committee on Appropriations, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA) called for robust investment in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and in the nation’s 472 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI). Specifically, Torres requested funding for:

April 2, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – In several letters to the House Committee on Appropriations, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA) called for robust funding for regional transportation planning and transit oriented development. Last year, the House of Representatives unanimously approved two amendments introduced by Torres to increase funding for infrastructure and transit programs. The first amendment provided $12 million for the Regional Infrastructure Accelerator Demonstration (RIA) Program, which Torres passed into law as part of the 2015 FAST Act.

March 29, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – In letters to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of several subcommittees of the House Committee on Appropriations, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA) called for full funding of the programs under the umbrella of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness’ Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, and for $65 million in funding for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Counseling Assistance program.

March 19, 2018 Press Release

One January 2017 Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Taskforce operation resulted in 36 arrests for suspected trafficking; Since its creation, the task force has rescued at least 120 children and 42 adult victims


Over the past year, the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force has made 50 arrests for suspected trafficking


February 28, 2018 Press Release

Torres made stops in Redlands, Ontario, Chino, and Pomona to ensure the needs of local residents are reflected in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) budget


As Chair of the CHC Budget Task Force, Torres has been instrumental in crafting a budget that offers an alternative to the Trump Administration’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget