Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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Education and Student Loans

As a mother and grandmother, I care deeply about education and creating job opportunities for younger generations of Americans. Throughout my career, I have pushed for investments in all levels of education and for expanding college affordability and access. I understand the importance of increasing financial aid options, including year round Pell grants, and support legislation that would help lower student loan debt. I am also committed to reducing young adult unemployment and providing opportunities for professional development to our local youth.  This is why I established a Youth Advisory Committee which gives participants – local high school students – an opportunity to learn about the legislative process and local industries such as trade, education, law enforcement, health care, government that are crucial to the Inland Empire’s economy. For more information on how to apply for the Youth Advisory Committee, please click here.

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May 15, 2019 Press Release

HSIs receive nearly 30 percent less federal dollars per student compared to other institutions of higher education

 

Appropriations bill increases funding for HSIs by nearly 20 percent

 

April 25, 2019 Press Release

National Science Foundation award will help retain and support high achieving students who are low-income or from historically under-represented communities in STEM fields

 

April 15, 2019 Press Release

National Science Foundation award will help boost STEM recruitment and expand research opportunities

 

March 5, 2019 Page

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent throughout the nation. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated representing all congressional districts.

 

February 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a $386,934 Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) grant to Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. The funding will allow WesternU to further its lung disease research.

 

January 25, 2019 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA — Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) announced that Ontario-Montclair School District (OMSD) and Rialto Unified School District (RUSD) have received the 2018 Western Region Summer Sunshine Awards from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service. OMSD was recognized for its community partnerships with the City of Ontario and the Hope Through Housing Foundation to provide summer meals for children and their families. In 2018, OMSD served 2,000 more meals than in the previous year.

May 22, 2018 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) recently congratulated four area high school students accepted to the U.S. nilitary service academies. The students were nominated by a panel of judges with military backgrounds. Following a rigorous application and interview process, the judges made their recommendations to the respective service academies for final approval.

 

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:

March 15, 2018 In The News

A couple of weeks ago, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres traveled to several communities in and around the Inland Empire 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 harmful cuts in the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

February 22, 2018 In The News

Representative Norma J. Torres met with superintendents from the Fontana Unified School District, Chaffey Joint Union High School District, Ontario-Montclair School District, Pomona Unified School District, and the Chino Valley Unified School District to discuss strategies to prevent gun violence in schools. In light of the tragic high school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week, Torres and the superintendents focused on the importance of providing students with support and encouraging community involvement.