Contact Information California 35th District House Representative Norma Torres (D)

Contact Information California 35th District House Representative Norma Torres (D)
Contact Information California 35th District House Representative Norma Torres (D)

Birth Date:  04/04/1965

Political Experience

  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, California, District 35, 2014-present
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, California, District 35, 2018, 2020
  • Senator, California State Senate, District 32, 2013-2014
  • Assembly Member, California State Assembly, District 52, 2008-2013
  • Mayor, City of Pomona, 2005-2008
  • Member, Pomona City Council, 2000-2005

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What Issues This Representative Supports

Issue Supports/Does Not Support Issue
Administrative Priorities
Abortion Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?    Pro-Choice
Affirmative Action
Agriculture
American Terrorist Groups
Art
Banking
Black Lives Matter
Budget In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?       Supports

Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?      Unknown Position

Business
Campaign Finance Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?     Supports
Candidate
Child Tax Credit
Children
Civil Rights
Constitution
Consumer
CoronaVirus
Corporate Accountability
COVID-19
Crimes Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?     Does Not Support
Death Penalty
Democratic Party
Disability
Drug Policy
Economy Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?      Supports

Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?     Does Not Support

Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?       Supports

Education Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?      Supports
Election
Electoral College
Employment
Energy Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?       Supports

Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?      Supports

Environment Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?       Supports

Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?      Supports

Executive Branch
Family Value
Filibuster
Foreign Affairs
Foreign Aid
Free College
Gambling and Gaming
Gender Identity
Government Spending
Green New Deal
Gun Reform Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?       Supports
Health Care Insurance
Health Care Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)?       Does Not Support

Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?    Supports

High Speed Internet
Housing
Immigration Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?    Does Not Support

Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?     Does Not Support

Incumbent
Indigenous People
Infrastructure
International Policy
January 6, 2021 Riot
Judicial Branch
Justice System
K-12 Education
KKK
Labor Union
Legal
Legalizing Marijuana
Legislative Branch
LGBQ
Marriage
Medical Debt
Medicare For All
Military Budget
Military
Military Spending Defense: Do you support increasing defense spending?     Supports
Minor Children
Miscellaneous
Monetary Policy
Money In Politics
National Resource
National Security Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?    Unknown Position

Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?     Unknown Position

Oil and Gas
Political Corruption
Puerto Rico
QAnon
Religion
Reproductive Health Care
Republican Party
Science
Senior Citizens
Social Security
Stem Cell Research
Tax Increases For The Rich
Tax
Tax On Extreme Wealth
Technology and Communications
The Proud Boys
Trade Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?    Supports
Traitor
Transportation
Tribal Nations
Unemployment
Veteran Affairs
Veteran
Violated Their Oath
Voting
Wage
Wall Street Reform
War
Whistleblower
White Supremacist
Whistleblower
Wildlife
Women’s Rights

 


After Reading Norma Torres’s Questions and Answers

 


 

Issue Positions

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Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?    Pro-Choice

  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
  • “The fight for reproductive rights has been transformative for American women. It has meant that gender would not and could not limit a woman’s opportunities in life. The ability to make choices about when to have a family has opened up the doors to pursue an education, begin a career, and earn a living. It has meant economic independence and freedom–freedom that is now being threatened by sustained Republican attacks. That’s what makes the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus and the leadership of Congresswomen Dianna DeGette and Barbara Lee so critical to ensuring that women are empowered to freely exercise their constitutionally-protected rights. I’m honored to serve as Vice Chair and take my place on the front lines alongside the new House Democratic majority to protect women’s hard-won reproductive rights.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Right to Life Committee.

Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?    Supports

  • “This tax scam will raise taxes on millions of middle class families making less than $75K, while cutting taxes for corporations and the wealthy; increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion, while cutting Medicare & Medicaid; and, among others, will give new tax breaks to companies that ship American jobs overseas that could go to residents of the Inland Empire instead.”
  • Rated 5% by National Tax Limitation Committee.

Budget: Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?     Unknown Position

  • Signed a letter stating: “As the fiscal year 2017 budget process begins, we urge you to reject proposals that would harm Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, or domestic discretionary programs that protect the financial and health well-being of American seniors and their families.”
  • Signed a letter stating: “In addition to the looming $25 billion Medicare cut next month, enacting your tax bill will result in widespread chaos to the health insurance market. The Senate bill’s elimination of the individual mandate, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will increase premiums and 13 million Americans will lose their health insurance coverage. Likewise, seniors and those preparing for retirement are rightly nervous that your recent pronouncement that “we’re going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit” means that cuts to Medicare and Social Security benefits are the necessary next step to pay for the added deficits your tax cuts would produce.”
  • Signed a letter stating: “We look forward to continuing to work with you to further strengthen the Medicare Advantage program and ensure millions of seniors have access to comprehensive, affordable health coverage choices.”

Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?       Supports

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 – For the People Act of 2019.
  • Signed a letter stating: “The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. FEC decision fundamentally changed our nation’s campaign finance laws, ruling that corporations should be treated as “persons” under the First Amendment and thus enabling corporate executives to make unlimited expenditures from company treasuries to influence election campaigns. Even before Citizens United, shareholders of many companies sought greater transparency into how executives were using corporate resources for political purposes. Since Citizens United, investor demand has greatly–and justifiably–intensified, as the magnitude of the problem and the potential for abuse has skyrocketed.”

Crime: Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?      Does Not Support

  • “The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is urgently needed, long overdue, and simply not enough to address the wounds of racial injustice that cut back for generations in this country,” Rep. Torres said. “I commend Congresswoman Bass, Chairman Nadler and the rest of my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee for bringing us this far in addressing an issue that has seemed unsolvable for far too long — it’s up to every one of us to build on their efforts going forward.”
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 – George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020.

Defense: Do you support increasing defense spending?     Supports

  • Signed a letter stating: “·Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;”
  • Rated 0% by the Center for Security Policy.
  • Signed a letter stating: “Our diplomats settle disputes so that they do not have to be settled with bombs and bullets. And our development initiatives help countries lift themselves up, because areas mired in poverty often become hotbeds for instability and violence. The men and women in our armed services bravely put their lives on the line to protect our country. We owe it to them to exhaust every possible option before we send them into harm’s way. If we slash our investment in diplomacy and development, we are telling our servicemembers — and the American people — that we will take our chances down the road, even if that comes at a much higher cost in blood and treasure. But, don’t just take our word for it. In 2013, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said, “If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition ultimately. So I think it’s a cost benefit ratio. The more that we put into the State Department’s diplomacy, hopefully the less we have to put into a military budget as we deal with the outcome of an apparent American withdrawal from the international scene.”

Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?     Supports
  • “As more people are priced out of Los Angeles and move into the Inland Empire, it’s critical that residents have reliable transportation options,” said Torres. “The federal government is a key partner in developing innovative solutions for improving our roads, bridges, airports, and maritime ports. These transportation improvements support job creation in our communities. That’s what makes investing in these public transportation programs so important. They’re an investment in a safer, more competitive future for Southern California.”
  • Signed a letter stating: “Infrastructure projects are consistently evaluated as the best return on government investments, so investing in our infrastructure is more than just good politics, it is good economics. Supporting the movement of people and goods on our nation’s roads, railways, bridges, ports, and airports is crucial to driving investment in our communities. Working together on infrastructure is an area where we can show the American people that we are fighting to deliver on this shared priority. The New Democrat Coalition is eager to take advantage of this opportunity to bring our infrastructure into the 21st Century, and we look forward to working with you in a bipartisan way to achieve this goal.”

Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?      Does Not Support
  • “This tax scam will raise taxes on millions of middle class families making less than $75K, while cutting taxes for corporations and the wealthy; increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion, while cutting Medicare & Medicaid; and, among others, will give new tax breaks to companies that ship American jobs overseas that could go to residents of the Inland Empire instead.”

Economy: Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?     Supports

  • Voted in favor of HR 266 – Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?       Supports

  • Signed a letter stating: “In 2015, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the bipartisan reauthorization of the ESEA, and Congress must follow through on our promise by fully funding ESSA programs, including Title II-A, at the authorized amounts. Despite pledges by President Trump and Secretary DeVos to support implementation of the new law, states, territories and school districts will already suffer lower ESEA title program funding amounts due to cuts in H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017. ESSA implementation is now in full-swing, but implementing ESSA without adequate federal funding threatens the civil rights legacy of the law, undermines the intent of Congress, and jeopardizes the ability of states, territories, and school districts to deliver on the promise of an excellent education for more than 50 million students. Eliminating Title II-A will result not only in thousands of layoffs and larger class sizes across the country, but also stifle innovation in the delivery of teacher professional development and improved classroom instruction. In school year 2015-16, 52% of program funds supported professional development activities for teachers, school leaders, administrators, and paraprofessionals, and 25% of funds went to hire teachers to reduce class size.”
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association.

Energy and Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?     Supports

  • “I’m excited to have the opportunity to show one of the leaders in the movement to guard against climate change some of the people and organizations working right here in the Inland Empire to create an environmentally sustainable future. Protecting the environment isn’t a political issue, and the two sites we visited today are proving how sustainability can have a positive impact on our economy, health, community, and of course, the environment.”
  • Rated 100% by Environment America.

Energy and Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?      Supports

  • “Fighting climate change begins here in the Inland Empire. For more than 15 years, Phoenix Motorcars has been a leader in manufacturing electric vehicles that make our region cleaner and greener. I’m pleased to close out my “Made in the 35th’ tour with such an innovative business,” said Torres. “I’ll continue pushing for policies that help our local manufacturers grow, create good paying jobs, promote sustainability, and keep California’s economy strong.”
  • Signed a letter stating: “Last year’s hexavalent chromium air pollution crisis in Paramount, CA, which could repeat itself in nearby Compton, illustrates the necessity of greater air quality monitoring assistance. EPA grants currently cover about 25 percent of state and local air quality monitoring — and almost half of that money would disappear under the Trump budget, devastating state and local air quality agencies. The EPA diesel emissions grant program, which helps reduce dangerous pollution from school buses, would be cut as well.”
  • Rated 100% by Environment America.

Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?      Supports
  • “Time & time again my opponent has put our community in harms way by voting against every sensible gun bill.” (www.facebook.com)
  • “JOE BACA wants to be your Congressman. If elected, who do you think he will help the NRA or Students? #ENDGUNVIOLENCE” (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 0% by the National Rifle Association.

Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)?      Does Not Support

  • “I am relieved that the Senate stopped the disastrous “skinny” repeal which would have left 16 million Americans without insurance and caused an immediate 20% increase in premiums for all Americans. The rushed, misguided, partisan approach which has consumed Congress over the last six months has never been the right answer. I have long said that the Affordable Care Act is not a perfect piece of legislation, and reforms are necessary to make the system work for everyone. I am hopeful that we can now move forward in a bipartisan way on these reforms — including market stabilization, lowering costs, and expanding coverage for the remaining 30 million Americans who still lack health care insurance. There are areas where Democrats and Republicans can find common ground and policies that can gain bipartisan support, and that is where our attention should be focused. I remain committed to working with my Republican and Democratic colleagues to move forward and make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all Americans.”
  • Signed a letter stating: “We strongly support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and oppose any effort to repeal it.”
  • “Today is a victory for the millions of Americans who rely on the Affordable Care Act, in particular the 300,000 residents of the 35th congressional district who rely on Medi-Cal and the thousands who were able to gain insurance for the first time thanks to the ACA. Putting at risk the healthcare of millions of Americans just to score a political win was childish and irresponsible. The American people deserve better. I hope Republicans will now go back to the drawing board, put their partisanship aside, and work with Democrats to fix our healthcare system to lower cost and expand access to care.”

Health Care: Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?     Supports

  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?      Does Not Support

  • “President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency was a blatant attempt to thwart the will of Congress. When Congress rejected his request for $5.7 billion for a border wall, he decided to use his emergency powers to obtain the funds that Congress denied him. And if there was ever any doubt about President Trump’s intentions, he removed that doubt when he told the country: “I didn’t need to do this.’ Mr. President, if you didn’t need to do it, it’s not an emergency.”
  • “From promising to repeal the ACA to his immigration guidelines to the useless border wall, the President’s actions so far have done nothing but instill fear and create chaos while completely ignoring the actual problems we face.”
  • “To once again demand $8.6 billion for an ineffective, wasteful border wall while making extreme cuts to the programs our communities depend on, like Medicare and Medicaid, is nothing short of irresponsible. President Trump is making it clear that he only wants more government shutdowns and uncertainty. This budget represents everything that is wrong with Washington.”

Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?    Does Not Support

  • Signed a letter stating: “We are committed to continuing to work through the legislative process to find a solution that protects DREAMers and allows them to contribute to our nation through work and study, free from the fear that comes from the prospect of deportation to countries that many DREAMers barely know. As these negotiations continue, and as the various legal challenges to DACA nullification proceed, we respectfully urge you to ensure, through the inclusion of reasonable limitations on Immigration and Customs Enforcement funding in the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Act, that taxpayer funds are not utilized to deport DREAMers.”
  • “Yesterday’s ruling confirms what many of us have known for a long time: the Trump administration ended DACA for political reasons, not legal ones. In his meeting with Members of Congress yesterday, President Trump said, “because we’re going to get DACA done — I hope we’re going to get DACA done, and we’re going to all try very hard.’ If President Trump meant what he said, his administration should not appeal this ruling. Instead, he should build on this opportunity by working with Congress to advance a path to citizenship for DREAMers. Now is the time to get this done.”

National Security: Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?       Unknown Position

  • Rated 0% by the Center for Security Policy.
  • “I support the idea of talks with North Korea on nuclear weapons, but any deal needs to be carefully constructed,” said Torres. “Before we lift any sanctions on North Korea, we need a clear idea of where this regime gets its money and where the pressure points are. Otherwise, we might give away the store without realizing it.”
  • Signed a letter stating: “We must allow our negotiating team the space and time necessary to build on the progress made in the political framework and turn it into a long-term, verifiable agreement. If we do not succeed, Congress will remain at-the-ready to act and present you with additional options to ensure that Iran is prevented from acquiring a nuclear weapon.”

National Security: Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?    Unknown Position

  • Rated 0% by the Center for Security Policy.
  • “I share the President’s optimism in the capacity of the American people and in the American spirit, and I join in his call for a better politics. In my own community, the San Bernardino attacks have led to a rise in fear-mongering and reactionary policies, but as the President reminded us tonight, we have the world’s mightiest military. While we must continue to hone our military strategy to defeat ISIS and prevent future attacks, terrorists will not defeat us with weapons and fighters. The only way they win is if we give into fear and let our enemies destroy the values that have made this country great.”
  • “Now more than ever, we must make smart investments in diplomacy and development. Buying more weapons simply isn’t enough to address the numerous challenges we face, from violent extremism, to nuclear proliferation, to climate change, to global health, to international illiteracy, or Vladimir Putin’s aggressive efforts to undermine our democracy.”
  • Signed a letter stating: “Working with our allies and partners, we urge you to maintain and increase pressure on Iran and Russia to constrain their destabilizing activities. America must continue economic and diplomatic efforts to counter Iran’s support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups as well as Russia’s support for the brutal Assad regime. We encourage full implementation of sanctions authorized in the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a broadly supported bipartisan bill that you signed into law. Clear and sustained American action and close coordination with our allies and partners can send an important message of resolve to malign actors in the region.”

Trade: Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?    Supports

  • Signed a letter stating: “American auto workers, parts suppliers and retailers, dealers, vehicle service providers, and millions of consumers depend on a healthy and competitive U.S. auto industry. As you know, this vital sector employs nearly four percent of our total private sector workforce and is a key engine that powers our economy. However, if tariffs were to be implemented, new vehicle prices will likely increase, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs.”
  • “For the past several months, I’ve been closely following the negotiations to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement with a new “United States-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement’. I had hoped that this agreement would fix the longstanding problems with NAFTA, which has undermined worker rights and contributed to environmental degradation throughout North America. Sadly, it has done little to address either of these serious concerns. The deal lacks protections for labor provisions, and would make it more difficult for governments to approve new regulations protecting the environment. Worse, it has extended patent protections for pharmaceuticals, undermining efforts to reduce out-of-control costs for struggling Americans. For these reasons, I oppose the United States-Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) in its current form, and if this bill is brought before the House floor without substantial changes, I will vote against it.”
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 – United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act.