Local Issues

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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September 12, 2019 Press Release

The 35th Congressional District is one of the hardest to count in the country


The town hall brought together representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau, local elected officials, community-based organizations, educational institutions, the business community, and members of the public  


September 9, 2019 Press Release

National Science Foundation award will help increase the number of low-income students pursuing graduate and doctorate degrees in STEM fields


September 5, 2019 Press Release

Torres Visits Phoenix Motorcars in Ontario


ONTARIO, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) visited Phoenix Motorcars in Ontario as the last stop on her annual “Made in the 35th” manufacturing tour. Each all-electric zero-emission vehicle produced by Phoenix Motorcars reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 60 tons of carbon monoxide per year as compared to a comparable commercial vehicle.


September 4, 2019 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a $704,979 grant to Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. The funding will allow WesternU to further its heart and vascular disease research.


September 3, 2019 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) recently launched a Veteran Identification Card (VIC) Assistance Program. The VIC allows veterans to access discounts at many restaurants, hotels, stores, and other businesses across the nation without having to carry sensitive documents to prove their veteran status. During the 30-minute appointments, Torres’ staff outline the required documents, eligibility requirements, and the application process.


August 19, 2019 In The News

Building a shelter in the Inland Empire to house up to 430 unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border doesn’t make sense and raises “serious concerns,” four House Democrats who represent the region wrote in a letter Monday, Aug. 19.


The two-page letter addressed to the head of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement comes as the office seeks to lease space for a shelter for “Unaccompanied Alien Children.” Officials are searching an area encompassing much of western Riverside County and San Bernardino County.


August 16, 2019 In The News

Congressional representatives and immigrant advocates are criticizing the federal government’s proposal to open a new shelter for unaccompanied migrant children in the Inland Empire.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement is looking to lease a site of up to 91,000 square feet to house approximately 430 children, according to a solicitation posted Aug. 5 by the General Services Administration on the Federal Business Opportunities website.


August 15, 2019 In The News

The National Science Foundation awarded a $475,000 Faculty Early Career Development Program grant to Cal Poly Pomona, it was announced Monday.


The funding will enable Cal Poly Pomona undergraduate researchers to expand research into the “metal-nitrogen oxide interactions and enable the recruitment of a diverse Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics workforce,” according to a statement released by the office of U.S. Rep. Norma J. Torres, D-Pomona.


August 13, 2019 In The News

It took months for Debra Cummings’ disability benefits to kick in.


But when the check arrived, it wasn’t for the full amount. So the 58-year-old Redlands resident made several phone calls to the Social Security Administration. She wasn’t getting anywhere, until an employee threw her a lifeline.


August 6, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (CA-35) and John Rutherford (FL-04) introduced H.Res. 535, a bipartisan resolution to recognize Tuesday, August 6, 2019 as National Night Out. Every year on the first Tuesday of August, communities across the country join their local law enforcement agencies and come together to promote public safety, neighborhood camaraderie, and community-police partnerships.