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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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  


February 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a $386,934 Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) grant to Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. The funding will allow WesternU to further its lung disease research.


February 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $69,000 Federal Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program grant to the City of Pomona Housing Authority. The FSS funding will enable HUD-assisted families in Pomona to increase their income and reduce their dependency on welfare assistance and rental subsidies.


February 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) announced that the California Department of Transportation has been awarded a $35 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration for the repair or reconstruction of federal highways and roads that suffered damage during the heavy rainstorms in January and February. The funding will benefit 49 California counties, including Los Angeles County. 


February 13, 2019 Press Release

The 2011 wind storm brought gale force winds and widespread power outages across Southern California


February 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) announced that Joe Rodgers, a Federal Aviation Administration Engineer Technician at Ontario International Airport who was one of the 800,000 federal workers furloughed during the 35-day long government shutdown, has been invited as her guest to the State of the Union address. 


February 4, 2019 Press Release

Legislation would encourage local and federal government collaboration to create more sustainable environmental, transportation, infrastructure, and housing programs


January 25, 2019 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA — Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) announced that Ontario-Montclair School District (OMSD) and Rialto Unified School District (RUSD) have received the 2018 Western Region Summer Sunshine Awards from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service. OMSD was recognized for its community partnerships with the City of Ontario and the Hope Through Housing Foundation to provide summer meals for children and their families. In 2018, OMSD served 2,000 more meals than in the previous year.