Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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Torres Joins Whip Hoyer in Addressing Nation's Changing Economic Needs

July 9, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) spoke at a hearing hosted by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) titled “Make It in America: What’s Next?” where she outlined some of the policies Congress should pursue to create jobs and build a robust, resilient U.S. economy.


“While my district is on the rebound from the Great Recession, many of the jobs that have come back are lower wage, lower skill, and part-time. They’re not the kinds of jobs you can raise a family on,” said Torres.  “Congress needs to step up and take action to spur the creation of quality, good paying jobs right here at home.


During her testimony, Torres discussed two pieces of legislation, the Regional Infrastructure Accelerator Act and the Job Opportunities between Our Shores Act.  Both of these bills were the products of suggestions she received during a Job Creation Listening Tour of her district.


“At every meeting we held, two issues always came up: better infrastructure and improved workforce development,” continued Torres.  “Making sure American workers are trained in the skills employers demand and finding innovative ways to fund our nation’s growing infrastructure needs should form key components of any economic strategy.   The global economy is only getting more competitive.  We can’t afford to take a backseat and hope things work out for the best.”


Today’s hearing is the first in a series that will help craft the economic agenda for House Democrats and shape the priorities for their Make It in America jobs plan.  Make It in America was first launched in 2010, and so far 16 Make It in America bills have been signed into law.


Video of the Torres's testimony can be found here: