Constituent Service By Numbers

  • 117th Congress in Review

  • 1,880Constituent Cases Helped
  • 123,882Responses to Letters, Emails, Calls
  • 1,840,000Returned to Constituents
  • 3,380,015,690Money Invested

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.

 

JOBS Act

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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No hay duda de que nuestra región se vio muy afectada por la recesión y la crisis de la vivienda. Ahora,  mientras la economía nacional continúa mejorando, tenemos que asegurarnos de que el Inland Empire no se quede atrás. Es por eso que la creación de empleos y el crecimiento de nuestra economía local son mis mayores prioridades en el Congreso.

 

Tour de foros comunitario de creación de empleo

Al comienzo de mi mandato en el Congreso, lancé un foro comunitario de creación de empleo para aprender directamente de la comunidad lo que teníamos que hacer para que el Inland Empire volviera a funcionar. Me reuní con más de 200 líderes económicos locales, profesionales de la educación, empleados y propietarios de empresas grandes y pequeñas. Los  descubrimientos, recomendaciones e ideas que surgieron de la gira se publicaron en un informe titulado “Un mapa hacia la resiliencia económica en el Inland Empire” que se puede encontrar aquí.

 

Plan de trabajos: un año después

El 1 de mayo de 2016, publiqué una actualización de un año de "Un mapa hacia la resiliencia económica en el Inland Empire", donde detallé el progreso que hemos logrado en las recomendaciones descritas en el informe original. Desde que se promulgaron partes de mi proyecto de ley de financiamiento de infraestructura hasta trabajar con funcionarios federales para asegurarnos de que la transferencia local del aeropuerto de Ontario se realizara sin problemas, logramos mucho durante el año pasado. Puede leer la actualización completa aquí.

 

Ley de aceleración de la infraestructura regional

Invertir en la infraestructura de nuestra región fue la principal recomendación en mi informe de empleo. No solo es mi distrito el hogar del Aeropuerto Internacional de Ontario, sino que el Inland Empire también sirve como un puerto interior a través del cual las mercancías que llegan a los puertos de Long Beach y Los Ángeles se procesan o se trasladan antes de ser transportadas por todo el país. Nuestra economía se basa en carreteras y autopistas seguras y confiables y en la inversión en ferrocarriles y un tránsito más eficiente. Sin embargo, los expertos estiman que necesitamos invertir $3.6 billones durante los próximos cinco años solo para financiar adecuadamente las necesidades de infraestructura del país. Presenté la Ley Regional Infrastructure Accelerator Act para ayudar a pagar las mejoras que tanto se necesitan en las carreteras, puentes e infraestructura de agua de nuestra nación. Conectará a los profesionales de las finanzas y la infraestructura con los gobiernos locales y estatales para proporcionarles la experiencia técnica y el capital previo al desarrollo necesarios para atraer la inversión privada.

 

Ley de Empleos

Si queremos mantener los trabajos de fabricación de alta tecnología en los EE. UU. debemos asegurarnos de que estamos capacitando a los solicitantes de empleo en las habilidades que  demandan los empleadores. La Ley Job Opportunities between Our Shores (JOBS) conectará a las instituciones educativas con los fabricantes para brindarles a los trabajadores la capacitación y las habilidades que necesitan para encontrar trabajos en industrias en crecimiento. Aquí mismo, en Inland Empire, hemos visto el éxito de la asociación entre California Steel Industries y Chaffey College. Este es un modelo sobre el que debemos crecer y construir a medida que los trabajos de fabricación en el Inland Empire y en todo el país se están recuperando. Ahora es el momento de mantener el impulso en marcha asegurándose de que los trabajadores estadounidenses puedan mantenerse  en frente. Si la recesión nos ha enseñado algo es que para construir una economía resiliente que pueda resistir los desafíos económicos futuros, necesitamos una fuerza laboral dinámica y educada y una economía local diversa. Los programas de capacitación integrales, impulsados​​por la demanda, como los propuestos en la Ley JOBS, nos ayudarán a lograrlo.

 

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More on Jobs and the Economy

July 7, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) applauded as numerous provisions and funding requests that she offered to the INVEST in America Act passed with the bill last week. 

Congresswoman Torres released the following statement:

May 24, 2021 Press Release

POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) announced today the delivery of $8,782,977 in federal relief funding for Ontario International Airport, an allocation designed to help weather the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. This funding was included in the Coronavirus Relief and Response Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act passed by Congress in December 2020. 

May 10, 2021 Press Release

POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today announced nearly $2.6 billion in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds that are available starting today thanks to the Congressionally approved American Rescue Plan.

April 29, 2021 Press Release

POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) released a statement today responding to President Joseph R. Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress.

March 10, 2021 Press Release

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.

February 27, 2021 Press Release

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:

February 26, 2021 Page

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:

February 26, 2021 Page

January 4, 2021 Press Release

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.

December 18, 2020 Press Release

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.