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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May 15, 2020 Press Release

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.

 

May 12, 2020 Press Release

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.

 

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May 7, 2020 Press Release

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

May 4, 2020 Press Release

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.

 

April 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today voted for the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, an interim coronavirus relief package to provide additional funding to support small businesses through the economic downturn. The legislation also provides new funding for hospitals and medical practitioners, including for personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as funding to expand COVID-19 testing capacity across the country.

 

April 15, 2020 Press Release

POMONA – U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (CA-35), Pete Aguilar (CA-31) and Ken Calvert (CA-42) today announced more than $22.4 million in funding for local airports as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

 

The funds bring vital support to airports at a time when reduced air travel raises the prospect of layoffs and reductions in future services.

 

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April 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (CA-35) and T.J. Cox (CA-21) today led 16 fellow lawmakers in warning the Trump administration that it lacks the COVID-19 test data needed to implement its planned county-by-county risk classification.

 

The administration plans to ease social distancing guidance based on this faulty risk assessment, which would harm our ability to combat coronavirus and endanger lives, especially in low-income and rural communities.

 

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March 23, 2020 Press Release

POMONA, CA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today reacted to a Los Angeles County plan to use 244 rooms at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel to quarantine coronavirus patients.

 

March 20, 2020 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) announced today that all public services for Inland Empire residents continue uninterrupted as her physical office in Ontario closes to protect the public health.

 

February 20, 2020 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today hosted a reception at her district office in Ontario announcing 14 military academy nominations she is recommending from across the Inland Empire.

 

Each year, Rep. Torres nominates promising high school seniors from California’s 35th Congressional District for the honor of studying at esteemed military academies across the United States, providing an equivalent scholarship of $500,000 for each student. This year is Rep. Torres’ largest group of nominations to date.