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WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, today offered an amendment to the FY21 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill that calls for the National Academy of Public Administration to carry out an assessment of options for the dissolution of DHS and transfer of its functions to other executive branch Departments or reorganize them as independent agencies.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today voted in favor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, legislation to address systemic racism in law enforcement and protect black and brown communities from discriminatory police practices.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today led 27 lawmakers in requesting the Department of Justice (DOJ) release the full contents of a 2006 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) intelligence assessment entitled, “White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement,” provide an updated status of such infiltration, and share how the DOJ and FBI have addressed the issue since the initial release of the assessment.
The lawmakers write, in part:
Congresswoman Norma Torres stands with the community in calling for racial justice and police reform.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee this week proposing numerous amendments to the Justice in Policing Act of 2020. The legislation comes amidst weeks of protests across the country following the deaths of two unarmed black Americans, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, at the hands of police officers.
Among other changes, Torres calls for:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today became an original co-sponsor of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, legislation to address systemic racism in law enforcement and protect black and brown communities from discriminatory police practices.
Congresswoman Torres, who spent 17.5 years as a 9-1-1 dispatcher for the Los Angeles Police Department, released the following statement:
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
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.”
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.
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: