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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July 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump backed down from adding a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. Last month, the Supreme Court of the United States blocked the Trump Administration from including the question in the census:

 

June 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision on the case of U.S. Department of Commerce v. New York, which determined that the Trump Administration’s citizenship question will not be included in the 2020 Census: 

 

June 25, 2019 Press Release

According to a 2018 California State University-San Bernardino report, commuting costs for San Bernardino and Los Angeles County residents averaged $11,138 per year

 

Federal funding could benefit several projects in California’s 35th Congressional District, including the Foothill Gold Line extension and the #BUILDFontana infrastructure upgrade   

 

June 21, 2019 Press Release

The Air Force Educational Partnership Agreement could be extended to universities such as Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to advance the next generation of military technology

 

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (CA-35) introduced a bill to rename the United States Post Office located at 5186 Benito Street in Montclair after Paul Eaton. The post office would be designated the “Paul Eaton Post Office Building” in honor of the late Mayor’s dedicated 48 years of public service to the Inland Empire. Mayor Eaton served Montclair for 23 consecutive years, making him the longest serving mayor in the city’s history.

 

June 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) recently congratulated seven area high school students accepted to the U.S. military service academies. The students were nominated by a panel of judges with military backgrounds. Following a rigorous application and interview process, the judges made their recommendations to the respective service academies for final approval.

 

May 20, 2019 Press Release

Los Angeles area residents owe nearly $51 billion in student loan debt, according to a recent study by Experian

 

Appropriations bill increases funding for federal student aid programs by $492 million  

 

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.