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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

April 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), the only Central American immigrant serving in Congress and Co-Chair of the New American Caucus, today responded to Smithfield Foods’ claim that its Sioux Falls pork processing plant became a COVID-19 cluster because of “living circumstances in certain cultures” of its employees.

 

With more than 700 of 3,700 employees now infected, a spokeswoman for Smithfield blamed the spread on the facility’s “large immigrant population.”

 

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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April 2, 2020 Press Release

POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) announced today more than 6.4 million dollars in relief funding for communities across the Inland Empire.

 

The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants are for two housing and homelessness prevention programs: The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and the Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG).

 

Congresswoman Torres was joined by Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren, Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, and Pomona City Council Member Robert Torres in releasing the following statements:

 

March 27, 2020 Press Release

POMONA, CA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) released the following statement today as Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), an emergency relief package with more than $2.2 trillion in economic relief for American workers and businesses suffering from the coronavirus outbreak.

 

March 26, 2020 Press Release

POMONA, CA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today led 44 of her Congressional colleagues in sending a letter to President Donald J. Trump demanding evidence to corroborate his administration’s claims that it is resolving shortages of critical medical supplies needed to combat coronavirus and keep medical personnel safe.

 

The letter comes as medical practitioners across the country urgently call for more protection and equipment, creating websites for the public to donate supplies and leading conversations online with #GiveMePPE.

 

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.

 

March 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) responded today as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will not enforce its public charge rule in cases involving coronavirus testing and treatment.

 

The policy change comes just days after Rep. Torres led 42 of her Congressional colleagues in urging the administration to drop the public charge rule in light of coronavirus.

March 14, 2020 Press Release

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POMONA, CA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today commented on the State of California’s decision not to proceed with plans to bring homeless people infected with coronavirus to a dilapidated building in Pomona.

 

March 13, 2020 Press Release

POMONA, CA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) expressed shock and outrage today at reports that the State of California plans to transport homeless people infected with coronavirus from L.A. County to an armory in the heart of Pomona and drop them there.

 

The facility, a former homeless shelter that was decommissioned because of its dilapidated condition, has a leaking roof, non-functioning bathroom facilities, lacks air conditioning and heat, and has a significant asbestos problem.