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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WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today voted in favor of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act for the second time in as many weeks. Torres and House Democrats first passed the bill on February 27th by a vote of 219 to 212. Since then, the U.S. Senate passed a slightly revised version of the legislation on March 6th.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today voted with House Democrats to pass the American Rescue Plan Act, legislation proposed by President Biden to deliver significant COVID relief for struggling Americans.
The package, which passed by a vote of 219 to 212 provides a myriad of supports for workers and businesses, as well as overstretched local and state governments. Its provisions include, in part:
On March 10, 2021, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1319, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, an emergency coronavirus relief package with billions in economic aid for American families and businesses struggling due to this unprecedented health and economic crisis. The legislation was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021.
Here is how this legislation benefits Californians:
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today announced multiple provisions in the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will help Inland Empire manufacturers streamline supply chains and better collaborate with Manufacturing USA Institutes and Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers.
POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) held two listening sessions this week to elevate the needs of local residents as the Inland Empire navigates past coronavirus and looks to rebuild in 2021.
The listening sessions – one of which focused on housing, and the other on transportation and the local economy – are just the first two in a series that will continue in 2021 as the 117th Congressional session begins.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today introduced the Keep Your Home and Prevent Homelessness Act, which would help homeowners, renters, and homeless individuals keep or find a home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Torres’ bill would allow the U.S. Treasury to invest at least $500 million, and potentially billions of dollars left over from the 2008 TARP program into the Hardest Hit Fund and the Emergency Solutions Grants Program.
Rep. Torres released the following statement:
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.