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

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.


February 26, 2019 In The News

On Tuesday, Congress began considering a resolution that would end the national emergency that President Trump has declared at the southern border in order to secure the funds to construct a border wall, which Congress has repeatedly denied him. The resolution is certain to pass the Democrat-controlled House, likely to pass the Senate, and all but certain to fail a veto-override vote once Trump inevitably rejects it.


February 14, 2019 In The News

Not everyone is in a position to hand out mini-loans without interest, and most wouldn’t if they could.


But Joe Rodgers gives what he can for family and friends to survive the past, and possibly the future government shutdown.


Over the past two months, he has come out of pocket with quite a few interest-free no fee small loans to help sustain fellow furloughed workers as their mortgage and other big bills come due.


Impending worries of the potential Friday federal shutdown have many workers, like himself, waiting on pins and needles.

January 25, 2019 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA — Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement in response to the three-week continuing resolution to reopen the government:


January 18, 2019 In The News

The Inland Empire will have broad representation on the House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for allocating the federal budget.


Three representatives from San Bernardino and Riverside counties will sit on the committee during the 116th Congressional session, Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona and Rep. Norma Torres, D-Pomona.


On Thursday, Jan. 16, Aguilar, who represents the 31st Congressional District, announced his selection as the committee’s Vice Chair.


January 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement after being appointed to serve on the House Appropriations Subcommittees on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD); State Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPs); and Financial Services and General Government:


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: