Rep. Norma Torres
Representative for California’s 35th District
pronounced NOR-muh // TOR-iss
Torres proposed $43 million in earmarks for fiscal year 2024, including:
- $6 million to City of Ontario for “Ontario Well-50 Ion Exchange Treatment Facility”
- $6 million to City of Montclair for “Montclair Transcenter Facilities Enhancement Project”
- $4 million to City of Pomona for “Pomona Emergency Operation Center and Fire Station 182”
These are earmark requests which may or may not survive the legislative process to becoming law. Most representatives from both parties requested earmarks for fiscal year 2024. Across representatives who requested earmarks, the median total amount requested for this fiscal year was $39 million.
Earmarks are federal expenditures, tax benefits, or tariff benefits requested by a legislator for a specific entity. Rather than being distributed through a formula or competitive process administered by the executive branch, earmarks may direct spending where it is most needed for the legislator's district. All earmark requests in the House of Representatives are published online for the public to review. We don’t have earmark requests for senators. The fiscal year begins on October 1 of the prior calendar year. Source: Appropriations.house.gov. Background: Earmark Disclosure Rules in the House
Read our 2022 Report Card for Torres.
Torres is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Torres has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Sep 22, 2023. See full analysis methodology.
Norma Torres sits on the following committees:
Torres was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 6118 (117th): National MEP Supply Chain Database Act of 2021
- H.R. 2492 (117th): GIVE Act
- H.R. 3329 (116th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5186 Benito Street in Montclair, California, as the “Paul Eaton Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 2733 (116th): Savanna’s Act
- H.R. 1937 (116th): Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2019
Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Torres sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Crime and Law Enforcement (17%) International Affairs (17%) Immigration (15%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Native Americans (12%) Housing and Community Development (10%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Torres recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.Res. 653: Expressing support for the recognition of August 13th through August 19, 2023, as …
- H.Res. 630: Recognizing August 1, National Night Out, the national coming together of Americans all …
- H.R. 4202: Multiple Firearm Sales Reporting Modernization Act of 2023
- H.R. 3615: Wildfire Grid Resiliency Act
- H.R. 3544: Remote Naturalization Act
- H.R. 3450: Veterans Administration Backlog Accountability Act of 2023
- H.R. 3275: Mudslide Recovery Act
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2015 to Sep 2023, Torres missed 81 of 4,903 roll call votes, which is 1.7%. This is on par with the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.
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