Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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One of my top priorities since entering Congress has been facilitating the transfer of Ontario International Airport (ONT) from the city of Los Angeles to the Ontario International Airport Authority. I believe that returning the airport to local control will attract more travelers and businesses to the area and spur economic development in the Inland Empire. The Ontario International Airport is strategically located at the center of an important freight movement system that attracts and supports economic activity throughout the region. Not only is the airport an important hub for our region’s manufactured and agricultural goods, Ontario Airport provides a convenient option for local businesses to expand their operations to reach other markets. In order to move the process of returning the airport to local control forward, I worked with my Democratic and Republican colleagues in Congress to pass legislation that was needed to implement the agreement between ONT and LAX. 

 

Now that our community will have local control of Ontario Airport, I believe we need to make it easier for people to access it, which is why I strongly support the completion of the Gold Line Foothill extension to Ontario Airport. Not only will this lead to increased access and use of Ontario Airport, it will also attract investment in the surrounding communities, make our freeways and roads less congested, and reduce air pollution.

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May 16, 2019 Press Release

In the 35th Congressional District, three Title X-funded clinics serve nearly 30,000 low-income patients; the Trump Administration has sought to make it harder for such providers to receive federal funds

 

Appropriations bill increases funding for the Title X Family Planning program by nearly 40 percent  

 

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

 

May 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (CA-35) announced that her legislative proposal to prevent President Trump from limiting cities and states, like California, from taking ambitious actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions passed on the House floor. The proposal passed as part of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, which would prohibit any federal funds from being used to take any action to advance the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, and now moves to the U.S. Senate for further consideration.

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

 

April 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $125,000 Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) grant to the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board in Ontario. The funding will allow the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board to help people identify government agencies that handle complaints of housing discrimination.

 

April 1, 2019 Press Release

There is currently no guarantee in place to prevent the Department of Homeland Security from using DACA applicant data for deportation purposes

 

California’s 35th congressional district is home to 6,700 DREAMers; Texas’ 16th congressional district is home to nearly 9,000 DREAMers  

March 19, 2019 Press Release

Grant will fund the Los Angeles County Human Trafficking Task Force Program; since 2015, the task force has made 1,624 arrests in connection to human trafficking activities and rescued 324 victims

 

Torres previously led efforts to secure nearly $70,000 in federal funding to fight human trafficking and prostitution in the Inland Empire

 

March 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement after President Trump submitted his fiscal year 2020 budget request:

 

March 7, 2019 Press Release

OMB currently classifies 9-1-1 dispatchers as clerical workers—the same category as secretaries, office clerks, and taxicab dispatchers

 

The 911 SAVES Act would update this classification to appropriately reflect the important role of 9-1-1 dispatchers in directing emergency response and providing lifesaving emergency medical instruction