Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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National Security and Foreign Policy

It is my priority to strengthen the Department of Homeland Security and shape policies that will keep our communities safe. DHS is the third largest federal agency, with more than 240,000 employees and a budget of $64 billion. I'm working to ensure that there is transparency at DHS and that taxpayer dollars are used efficiently and responsibly, and that our borders are secure and our ports can process people and goods quickly and securely.


Recognizing the significance of our nation’s ports to our local economy and how much ports increasingly rely on information technology, I wrote legislation to help protect the cybersecurity infrastructure of our nation’s 360 ports, which the House of Representatives passed unanimously.  I was also proud that the House of Representatives approved legislation I co-authored to improve and permanently authorize the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the national center that trains our federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.  


Back in the District, I have worked to strengthen the relationship between our local law enforcement, community leaders, and federal homeland security officials by hosting roundtable meetings where we can discuss local threats and build partnerships to keep communities safe and ensure an effective, efficient response to potential dangers.


Finally, as a former 9-1-1 dispatcher, I understand that in order to save lives during emergencies, our first responders must be able to communicate and locate people who need help. As our telecommunications technology becomes more sophisticated and more people rely on cell phones as their primary phone, I believe it is critical that our first responders have a 21st Century 9-1-1 infrastructure. Unfortunately, the federal government has not moved quickly enough to help states fund these critical infrastructure upgrades, so I have called on the Government Accountability Office to assess how these delays negatively impact first responders’ ability to help our communities during times of crisis. This is critical to showing Congress and state governments that we must act now to protect our communities and bring our emergency communications technology into the 21st Century.

More on National Security and Foreign Policy

October 5, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) announced that the U.S. Senate passed a provision based on her Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act as part of the five-year reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The legislation is expected to be signed into law by the President this week. Torres introduced the provision following the June 2017 NotPetya worldwide cyberattack that shut down the largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles.

September 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (D-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) encouraged President J. Trump to expand the Protection Transfer Agreement (PTA). Through coordination with the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, the International Organization on Migration, and the government of Costa Rica, the PTA offers a small number of Central Americans who are fleeing violence with an orderly and legal process to seek protection.

August 31, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Hoy, la representante estadounidense Norma J. Torres (D-CA) emitió la siguiente declaración sobre la decisión del Presidente Jimmy Morales de no renovar el mandato de la Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (CICIG):


August 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Hoy, la representante estadounidense Norma J. Torres (D-CA) y el senador estadounidense Ben Cardin (D-MD) emitieron los siguientes comentarios, siguiente al que el presidente Trump firmara la Ley de Autorización de Defensa Nacional (NDAA, por sus siglas en ingles). El NDAA incluye una disposición que requerirá que el Secretario de Estado proporcione al Congreso una lista de personas, incluyendo los funcionarios públicos, que han cometido actos graves de corrupción, tráfico de drogas y financiamiento ilícito de campañas en Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador.

August 14, 2018 In The News

“Orgullosa de anunciar que la provisión bicameral que presenté con @SenatorCardin para responsabilizar a los funcionarios corruptos en Centroamérica ha sido firmada en ley por el Presidente. ¡Es hora de ponernos a trabajar contra la corrupción!, tuiteó la congresista en horas de la mañana de este martes.


July 27, 2018 In The News

On July 26, the US House and Senate approved a bill that will require the Secretary of State to share the identities of government officials in Central America’s Northern Triangle countries who are involved in corruption and drug trafficking with Congress.

The bill specifies that the secretary must submit a report that includes “the names of senior government officials in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador who are known to have committed or facilitated acts of grand corruption or narcotics trafficking.”

July 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) introduced the Maria Butina NRA Transparency Act to require the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to investigate whether the National Rifle Association (NRA) benefitted from Russia’s involvement in the 2016 United States presidential election. The bill follows the recent indictment of Maria Butina, a Russian national with a long record of gun rights activism and ties to the NRA, for conspiracy to act as an agent of Russia.


July 19, 2018 In The News

La guatemalteca Norma Torres, congresista en Estados Unidos, expresó en el Patrullaje Informativo de Emisoras Unidas que habrá muchas más visas que serán retiradas por el Gobierno norteamericano.

A la interrogante de que recientemente EE.UU. quitó la visa a 24 funcionarios y personas particulares en Guatemala. La congresista fue enfática al decir: “Ese es el principio. Es el mínimo. Habrá muchas más”.

Aparte, Torres también conversó acerca de la situación actual en que están los migrantes detenidos en la frontera sur.

July 18, 2018 In The News

La congresistas de origen guatemalteco, Norma J. Torres, visitó a seis niños que sufrieron quemaduras después de la erupción del volcán de Fuego en Guatemala. Los menores se encuentran recibiendo tratamiento en el Hospital Shriners para Niños en Galveston, Texas.

Torres presentó una resolución bipartidista en apoyo a las víctimas del volcán y pidió que asistencia continuara para los esfuerzos de ayuda y reconstrucción.

July 16, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, announced that her bipartisan legislative proposal to prevent the advancement of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program by more accurately determining the regime’s revenue sources passed on the House floor. The proposal, modeled after Torres’s H.R. 6237 North Korea Follow the Money Act, passed as part of the Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for 2018 and now moves to the U.S. Senate for further consideration.