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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Washington, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today delivered an impassioned plea for information from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to the mothers of seven soldiers who were present on a camping trip on May 22nd when Fort Bragg Paratrooper Enrique Roman-Martinez went missing.
POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) today called into question how disgraced Pomona City Councilman Rubio Gonzalez was able to join a tele-work closed-door council meeting on July 6th unbeknownst to his fellow councilmembers.
The council voted on May 23rd to censure Gonzalez and demand he not participate in future meetings after he was arrested and charged with one felony count of possessing child pornography and four misdemeanor counts of annoying or molesting a child.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today urged Senate Republicans to quickly extend the expanded unemployment benefits that were passed in the Coronavirus Aide, Relief and Economic Stability (CARES) Act. Those benefits are set to expire at the end of this month, ending a vital lifeline for millions of people and requiring cash-strapped Americans to begin paying rent again immediately.
POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today led a bipartisan group of 14 lawmakers in demanding answers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) about an abrupt new fee structure impacting approximately 60 airports across the United States – including Ontario International Airport (ONT) – with significant cost increases at a time when they are already suffering great losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The airports impacted by CBP’s User Fee program rely on CBP for necessary homeland security review of international cargo and passenger shipments.
POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today announced more than $9.6 million in federal funding for the Inland Empire included in the California State Budget released by Governor Newson on Monday. The funds, which passed as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, are spread across California’s 35th Congressional District:
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today voted in favor of the Heroes Act, a COVID-19 supplemental funding package to support small businesses, workers and families across the country.
POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today announced two Department of Interior grants totaling $1.5 million to help provide clean water to the City of Chino.
The grants, each totaling $750,000, will help in the construction of a wellhead treatment facility to bring a retired well back into service, and support an effort to remove groundwater contaminants near the Chino Airport.
POMONA – U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (CA-35) and Mark Takano (CA-41) led 11 other federal lawmakers from across California in requesting information from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR) about how it is protecting staff and inmates from COVID-19 at state-run prison facilities.
As of May 6th, 2020:
370 inmates at CDCR facilities reportedly tested positive coronavirus;
One inmate died in April from what appears to be coronavirus; and
POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, today announced more than $1.7 million in new funding for local housing agencies.
The funds, which are authorized as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will help prevent, prepare and respond to housing needs throughout the Inland Empire during the COVID-19 pandemic.