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 has 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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POMONA, CA—U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (CA-35), Grace Napolitano (CA-32) and Salud Carbajal (CA-24) today announced $10 million from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (H.R. 133) to fund an Education Partnership Agreement (EPA) between California Polytechnic State Universities (Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop key technologies to accelerate the AFRL’s strategic capabilities in secured unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today announced nearly $54 million in grants coming to the Inland Empire as a result of the American Rescue Plan, President Biden’s Congressionally passed federal COVID relief package.
The funds are for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and will be used to help individuals at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness.
POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) released the following statement responding to a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) plan to move retail service from the Yorba Station Post Office, which closed in May of 2015 due to a fire, to a new yet-to-be determined location in the community.
The proposed move, which is open to public comment until April 30th, would give Pomona residents additional access to USPS retail services for the first time since 2015.
Congresswoman Torres released the following statement:
POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) released a statement today responding to news that the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) will begin using the Fairplex in Pomona as an Emergency Intake Site to temporarily house unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Rep. Torres, who was notified last week that ORR was in negotiations with the County of Los Angeles to open the facility, released the following statement today when news of the deal became public:
POMONA – U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (CA-35) and Pete Aguilar (CA-31), both members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development (THUD), with jurisdiction over all discretionary federal spending, today announced $86.75 million in Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Smart Starts funding for the West Valley Connector Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project in San Bernardino.
POMONA - Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, today announced the award of a U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency grant in the amount of $13,919,202 to the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.
The federal funding, secured because of Torres’ advocacy through her seat on the House of Representatives’ primary committee for federal funding, will support the medical center’s delivery of coronavirus-related healthcare including testing, staffing, medical necessities, and emergency protective gear.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today re-introduced the Keep Your Home and Prevent Homelessness Act, legislation she first introduced last year to help homeowners, renters and homeless individuals keep or find a home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition Infrastructure Taskforce, today introduced the Fair Transportation Act of 2021, legislation designed to ensure Department of Transportation (DOT) funding is dispersed equitably by federal, state, and local entities.
The Fair Transportation Act has four main provisions:
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: