Congresswoman Norma Torres

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

As a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, I am in a unique position 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. One of my top priorities as a member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency is to make sure there is transparency at DHS and that taxpayer dollars are used efficiently and responsibly. I also sit on the Border and Maritime Subcommittee, working to ensure 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

May 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and Hal Rogers (R-KY) have led a bipartisan group of members of Congress in calling on President Donald Trump not to shift management of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to the Department of Justice.

April 25, 2018 Press Release

A recent report revealed that a Panamanian law firm sent a letter on behalf of the Trump Organization to Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela to request his intervention in an ongoing legal dispute over Trump Ocean Club Panama

 

Request raises concerns about the Foreign Emoluments Clause, United States’ credibility on questions of corruption and rule of law

 

April 13, 2018 In The News

La congresista de origen guatemalteco, Norma Torres, presentó un proyecto de ley para reforzar los esfuerzos anticorrupción de Estados Unidos en el Triángulo Norte. La propuesta ordenaría al secretario de Estado a desarrollar una estrategia para mejorar los esfuerzos de ese país para desmantelar la corrupción en Guatemala, El Salvador y Honduras.

 

April 13, 2018 Press Release

Since 2008, the United States has provided more than $1 billion to address violence, organized crime, and narcotics trafficking in Central America; Systemic corruption is undermining these goals in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

Bill would direct the Secretary of State to develop strategy to enhance United States efforts to dismantle corruption in the Northern Triangle region

April 7, 2018 In The News

AT 6:02 A.M. on August 27, 2017, the president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, uploaded a video statement to Twitterdeclaring the former Colombian judge Iván Velásquez a persona non grata and ordering his expulsion from the country. Velásquez is investigating corruption on behalf of a United Nations-backed commission in Guatemala, and had recently moved to strip Morales of immunity from prosecution and open an investigation into his campaign financing. Velásquez’s commission had already helped send the president’s son and brother to trial for defrauding the government.

April 4, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA), the founder and co-chair of the Central America Caucus and member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere in the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s comments about Central American migration:

March 19, 2018 Press Release

One January 2017 Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Taskforce operation resulted in 36 arrests for suspected trafficking; Since its creation, the task force has rescued at least 120 children and 42 adult victims

 

Over the past year, the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force has made 50 arrests for suspected trafficking

 

March 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Hoy, un grupo bipartidista de miembros del Congreso estadounidense escribieron al Subsecretario del Estado, John Sullivan, para subrayar la importancia del proceso de selección de nuevos Fiscales Generales en El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras. La carta llega mientras Guatemala comienza formalmente el proceso de selección de su próximo Fiscal General, y dentro de los próximos doce meses, cada uno de los países del Triángulo Norte seleccionará nuevos Fiscales Generales.

 

March 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, a bipartisan group of 14 Members of Congress sent a letter to the Deputy Secretary of State, John Sullivan, underscoring the importance of the upcoming selection processes for new Attorneys General in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The letter comes as Guatemala formally begins the process of selecting its next Attorney General; within the next twelve months, each of the Northern Triangle countries will select a new Attorney General.

March 14, 2018 In The News

El pronunciamiento quedó firmado en una carta enviada a John J. Sullivan,encargado del Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos.

Los representantes resaltan que contar con funcionarios con aquel perfil es importante para los intereses de Estados Unidos y la prosperidad de esa región, la más violenta del mundo.