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

March 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement after the U.S. Senate, including 12 Republican Senators, voted in support of the resolution of disapproval to terminate President Trump’s emergency declaration:

 

March 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and James P. McGovern (D-MA) and U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Guatemala Rule of Law Accountability Act to authorize Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act sanctions against Guatemalan officials who have engaged in corruption, obstructed justice, misused U.S.-provided equipment, disobeyed Guatemalan Constitutional Court rulings, and interfered with the work of the U.S. government.

February 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (D-CA), Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), James P. McGovern (D-MA), and Albio Sires (D-NJ) released the following statement in response to the proposal the Guatemalan Congress is expected to vote on this week, which would free military officials and guerilla leaders convicted of grave crimes against humanity including genocide, rape, and forced disappearance:

 

February 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced the Prevent Crime and Terrorism Act to block the Trump Administration’s proposal to transfer firearm export regulation from the U.S. State Department to the U.S. Commerce Department. Experts have noted that the new regulations would weaken congressional oversight of firearms exports, and would allow licenses to be approved with less scrutiny.

February 1, 2019 Press Release

Rule change threatens an increase in the flow of firearms to terrorist groups and drug cartels, undermining U.S. national security

 

January 25, 2019 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA — Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement in response to the three-week continuing resolution to reopen the government:

 

January 19, 2019 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement after President Trump’s speech:

 

“If President Trump were serious about immigration reform, he would reopen the government and make an honest deal with Democrats. Three more years of uncertainty for Dreamers and those with Temporary Protected Status is a non-starter. 

 

January 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — La representante estadounidense Norma J. Torres (D-CA) emitió la siguiente declaración luego de ser nombrada por la líder Nancy Pelosi y confirmada por sus colegas del Caucus Demócrata para servir en el Comité de Asignaciones de la Cámara de Representantes, que es responsable de apropiar todos los gastos federales, nacionales y en el extranjero:

 

January 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement on the Guatemalan government’s unilateral termination of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) agreement:

 

December 21, 2018 Press Release

The bill follows the recent deaths of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, who died while in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody, and toddler Mariee Juarez, who died shortly after being released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody