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.

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June 14, 2018 Press Release

La resolución expresa solidaridad con el pueblo Guatemalteco y simpatía hacia las víctimas y sus familias; también pide asistencia continua para los esfuerzos de socorro y reconstrucción

 

June 14, 2018 Press Release

The resolution expresses solidarity with the people of Guatemala and sympathy for the victims and their families, calls for continued assistance for relief and reconstruction efforts

 

June 6, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) led thirty-nine members of Congress in a letter calling on the Subcommittee on Homeland Security of the House Committee on Appropriations not to utilize taxpayer funds in the FY 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill to deport individuals eligible for the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program.

 

May 31, 2018 Press Release

Following the May 23 killing of twenty-year-old Guatemalan national Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez by an agent of the United States Border Patrol, Torres presses President Trump for a thorough and transparent investigation of the incident, urges further reforms to Border Patrol procedures, and questions the administration’s strategy for securing the nation’s southwest border  

 

May 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Hoy, la representante Norma J. Torres (D-CA), fundadora y copresidenta del bipartidista Caucus de Asuntos de Centroamérica, anunció que una enmienda que presentó fue aprobada por unanimidad por la Cámara de Representantes. La enmienda, que se incluyó en la Ley de Autorización de Defensa Nacional (NDAA) anual, requerirá que el Secretario de Defensa elabore una lista de funcionarios de los gobierno centroamericanos que están involucrados en la corrupción.

 

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.