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Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California


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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February 21, 2017 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA - Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) held a transportation policy roundtable meeting with local officials and regional transportation authorities to discuss short- and long-term regional priorities and increase coordination in planning and building regionally-oriented transportation solutions.


October 21, 2016 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) was awarded the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Defender of Housing Award at a reception hosted by the Building Industry Association of California Baldy View Chapter this Thursday at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario.


October 7, 2016 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) took part in a business roundtable meeting with UPS and several of their local partners to discuss issues important to Inland Empire business owners.  The roundtable, hosted by UPS, took place on Wednesday at the Inland Empire United Way in Rancho Cucamonga.


September 23, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) introduced the Communicating Lender Activity Reports from the Small Business Administration (CLEAR SBA) Act which will make it easier for small businesses to find available lenders and get the capital they need to grow and succeed.


August 15, 2016 In The News

ONTARIO >> A local manufacturer of fiberglass shipping crates for military weapons is hoping to double in size and output over the next decade. The owners also want to leverage its status as a minority-owned business.

PRC Composites, which has been in Ontario since 2008 and began in Santa Fe Springs in 1973, has grown to about 120 employees, many of them first- and second-generation Mexican-Americans.

July 12, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) applauded the recent release of House Democrats’ new “Make It in America” plan, a comprehensive legislative strategy to grow and strengthen the American economy.  The plan includes two of Rep. Torres’s bills, H.R. 2485, the Regional Infrastructure Accelerator Act (RIAA), a bill to help fill the infrastructure funding gap, and H.R.

June 21, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) applauded the passage of H.R. 4369, legislation that will allow for the transfer of Passenger Facility Charges collected at Ontario Airport to Los Angeles World Airports.  This legislation is necessary to complete the transfer of LA/Ontario International Airport to local control.


June 20, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This Tuesday, the House of Representatives is set to debate and vote on H.R. 4369, key legislation necessary to complete the transfer of LA/Ontario International Airport to local control.


May 1, 2016 Press Release
ONTARIO, CA – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) marked the start of Small Business Week (May 1-7) by releasing a one-year update to her jobs plan. A Roadmap to Economic Resilience – One Year Later details the progress made on key recommendations to foster small business growth and entrepreneurship and create jobs in the Inland Empire.
August 19, 2015 In The News

As a world superpower, the United States will always be at the forefront of military weapon technology.

With the F-35 Lightning II program, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter program, the nation has once again achieved a lethal and versatile combat system -- one that has also proven to be quite expensive.