Jobs and the Economy
There’s no question that our region was hit hard by the recession and the housing crisis. Now, as the national economy continues to improve, we have to make sure the Inland Empire does not get left behind. This is why creating jobs and growing our local economy are my biggest priorities in Congress.
Job Creation Listening Tour
At the start of my term in Congress, I launched a Job Creation Listening Tour to learn straight from the community what we needed to do put the Inland Empire back to work. I met with over 200 local economic leaders, education professionals, employees, and owners of businesses large and small. The findings, recommendations, and ideas that came out of the tour were published in report titled “A Roadmap to Economic Resilience in the Inland Empire” which you can find here.
Jobs Plan - One Year Later
On May 1, 2016 I released a one-year update to “A Roadmap to Economic Resilience in the Inland Empire” where I detailed the progress we've made on the recommendations outlined in the original report. From getting parts of my infrastructure funding bill signed into law to working with federal officials to make sure the local transfer of Ontario Airport goes smoothly, we accomplished a lot over the past year. You can read the full update here.
Regional Infrastructure Accelerator Act
Investing in our region’s infrastructure was the top recommendation in my Jobs Report. Not only is my district home to Ontario International Airport, but the Inland Empire also serves as an inland port through which goods that arrive at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are processed in or moved through before being transported all over the country. Our economy relies on safe, dependable roads and highways and on investment on rail and more efficient transit. However, experts estimate we need to invest $3.6 trillion over the next five years alone to adequately fund the country’s infrastructure needs. I introduced the Regional Infrastructure Accelerator Act to help pay for sorely needed improvements to our nation's roads, bridges, and water infrastructure. It will connect finance and infrastructure professionals with local and state governments to provide them with the technical expertise and pre-development capital needed to attract private investment.
If we want to keep high tech manufacturing jobs in the US, we need to make sure we’re training jobseekers in the skills employers demand. The Job Opportunities between Our Shores (JOBS) Act will connect educational institutions with manufacturers to give workers the training and skills they need to find jobs in growing industries. Right here in the Inland Empire, we’ve seen the success of the partnership between California Steel Industries and Chaffey College. This is a model we should grow and build upon as manufacturing jobs in the Inland Empire and across the country are bouncing back. Now is the time to keep the momentum moving forward by making sure American workers are able to stay ahead of the curve. If the recession has taught us anything it is that in order to build a resilient economy that can withstand future economic challenges, we need a dynamic, educated workforce and a diverse local economy. Comprehensive, demand-driven training programs like those proposed in the JOBS Act will help us do just that.
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More on Jobs and the Economy
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today urged Senate Republicans to quickly extend the expanded unemployment benefits that were passed in the Coronavirus Aide, Relief and Economic Stability (CARES) Act. Those benefits are set to expire at the end of this month, ending a vital lifeline for millions of people and requiring cash-strapped Americans to begin paying rent again immediately.
POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today announced more than $9.6 million in federal funding for the Inland Empire included in the California State Budget released by Governor Newson on Monday. The funds, which passed as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, are spread across California’s 35th Congressional District:
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today voted in favor of the Heroes Act, a COVID-19 supplemental funding package to support small businesses, workers and families across the country.
POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, today announced more than $1.7 million in new funding for local housing agencies.
The funds, which are authorized as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will help prevent, prepare and respond to housing needs throughout the Inland Empire during the COVID-19 pandemic.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today questioned why the Small Business Administration (SBA) notified the public only hours before a special loan approval period it claimed was to help small businesses secure Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.
That time period, which lasted from 4:00pm until 11:59pm EST yesterday, was announced by SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin just hours before it took place.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today led 76 lawmakers in calling for next COVID-19 stimulus package to include survivor benefits, commiserate compensation, and workplace protections for medical personnel as they combat coronavirus.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today voted for the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, an interim coronavirus relief package to provide additional funding to support small businesses through the economic downturn. The legislation also provides new funding for hospitals and medical practitioners, including for personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as funding to expand COVID-19 testing capacity across the country.
POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today responded to news that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a $350 billion program included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help small businesses make payroll during the economic downturn, is out of funds.
POMONA – U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (CA-35), Pete Aguilar (CA-31) and Ken Calvert (CA-42) today announced more than $22.4 million in funding for local airports as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The funds bring vital support to airports at a time when reduced air travel raises the prospect of layoffs and reductions in future services.
Breakdown of funds across the region:
POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) announced today more than 6.4 million dollars in relief funding for communities across the Inland Empire.
The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants are for two housing and homelessness prevention programs: The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and the Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG).
Congresswoman Torres was joined by Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren, Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, and Pomona City Council Member Robert Torres in releasing the following statements: