Constituent Service By Numbers

  • 117th Congress in Review

  • 1,880Constituent Cases Helped
  • 123,882Responses to Letters, Emails, Calls
  • 1,840,000Returned to Constituents
  • 3,380,015,690Money Invested

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.

Es mi prioridad fortalecer el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional y diseñar políticas que mantengan seguras a nuestras comunidades. El DHS es la tercera agencia federal más grande, con más de 240,000 empleados y un presupuesto de $64 mil millones. Estoy trabajando para asegurar que haya transparencia en el DHS y que el dinero de los contribuyentes se use de manera eficiente y responsable, y que nuestras fronteras sean seguras y nuestros puertos puedan procesar personas y mercancías de forma rápida y segura.

Reconociendo la importancia de los puertos de nuestra nación para nuestra economía local y cuánto los puertos dependen cada vez más de la tecnología de la información, redacté una legislación para ayudar a proteger la infraestructura de ciberseguridad de los 360 puertos de nuestra nación, que la Cámara de Representantes aprobó por unanimidad. También me enorgulleció que la Cámara de Representantes aprobara la legislación de la que fui coautora para mejorar y autorizar permanentemente el Centro Federal de Capacitación para el Cumplimiento de la Ley, el centro nacional que capacita a nuestros funcionarios encargados de hacer cumplir la ley a nivel federal, estatal y local.

En el distrito, trabajé para fortalecer la relación entre nuestras fuerzas del orden  público, los líderes comunitarios, y los funcionarios federales de seguridad nacional organizando reuniones en las que podemos dialogar sobre las amenazas locales y crear asociaciones para mantener a las comunidades seguras y garantizar una respuesta eficaz y eficiente a los peligros potenciales.

Finalmente, como ex operadora del 9-1-1, entiendo que para salvar vidas durante emergencias, nuestros servicios de emergencia deben poder comunicarse y localizar a las personas que necesitan ayuda. A medida que nuestra tecnología de telecomunicaciones se vuelve más sofisticada y más personas confían en los teléfonos celulares como su teléfono principal, creo que es fundamental que nuestros servicios de emergencia tengan una infraestructura 9-1-1 del siglo XXI. Desafortunadamente, el gobierno federal no se ha movido lo suficientemente rápido para ayudar a los estados a financiar estas actualizaciones críticas de infraestructura, por lo que he pedido a la Oficina de Responsabilidad del Gobierno que evalúe cómo estos retrasos afectan negativamente la capacidad de los servicios de emergencia para ayudar a nuestras comunidades durante tiempos de crisis. Esto es fundamental para mostrar al Congreso y a los gobiernos estatales que debemos actuar ahora para proteger a nuestras comunidades y llevar nuestra tecnología de comunicaciones de emergencia al siglo XXI.

More on National Security and Foreign Policy

June 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), the sole Central American serving in Congress and Co-Chair of the Congressional Central America Caucus, today announced numerous provisions focused on U.S.-Central America policy that she included in the fiscal year 2022 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill being considered by the Committee this week. Rep. Torres is a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee, as well as a member of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee.

June 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), Co-Chair of the Congressional Central America Caucus, re-introduced the Central American Women and Children Protection Act this week.

May 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), the sole Central American serving in Congress and Co-Chair of the Central Americans Caucus, today praised a list prepared and released at her request by the U.S. State Department identifying corrupt officials in the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

The report provides names of officials for whom credible information exists about committing corrupt acts, including narcotics trafficking and the receipt or disbursement of political financing tied to narcotics trafficking.

May 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today met with Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House to discuss the root causes of migration and current political dynamics in the Northern Triangle ahead of the Vice President’s trip to the region. 

May 5, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (D-CA), the sole Central American serving in Congress and co-Chair of the Congressional Central America Caucus, and House State, Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chair Barbara Lee (D-CA), released the following statement today in response to newly elected members of El Salvador’s National Assembly voting to dismiss five supreme court justices and the attorney general. The vote came on the first day in power for a newly elected majority of President Nayib Bukele’s National Ideas Party:
April 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), Co-Chair of the Congressional Central America Caucus, today released the following statement after her efforts to address corruption in the Northern Triangle drew attacks on Twitter from El Salvadoran president Nayib Bukele and his enablers.

The situation comes just days before a list requested by Rep. Torres is set to be delivered from the U.S. State Department and U.S. Treasury to Congress identifying corrupt actors in the region and any efforts our government has taken to hold them accountable.

March 31, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (CA-35) and Ann Wagner (MO-02) today re-launched the Congressional Central American Caucus for the 117th Congress.

February 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today introduced the White Supremacy in Law Enforcement Information Act.

January 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres today led 40 lawmakers in demanding answers from the Department of Defense (DoD) about its role in preparing for and responding to the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.

In a letter to Acting Secretary of Defense, Christopher Miller, the lawmakers outline grave concerns about the Department of Defense’s role in preparing for and responding to the riot that overran the Capitol last Wednesday.

The lawmakers write in part:

December 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, used her seat on the powerful committee to shape U.S. policy toward the Northern Triangle. 

Torres, who is the only Central American currently serving in the U.S. Congress, included a myriad of provisions in the Omnibus Appropriations package passed out of Congress last night: