Representative Norma Torres's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 35, Democratic
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Norma Torres has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Norma Torres is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Voted in favor of A. B. 2348 "Authorizes Registered Nurses to Dispense Contraceptives" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/41455#.VbFOFnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71284/norma-torres#.VbFNLXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Cosponsored and Voted in favor of A.B.1500 "Corporate Tax Rates and Middle Class Scholarship Fund" http://votesmart.org/bill/15920/41913/71284/corporate-tax-rates-and-middle-class-scholarship-fund#41913 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.B. 1272 "Tax Law Amendments" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32043#.VnxVeWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the American Conservative Union http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71284/norma-torres#.VcTDlnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "Yesterday's passage of another short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund made clear that our communities cannot rely on government alone to fund the nation's roads, bridges, and water facilities. As our nation's infrastructure funding needs continue to grow, this bill will provide local communities the technical assistance they need to develop their projects so that private funding can come in and help fill the gap." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/986021/torres-introduces-bill-to-fill-infrastructure-funding-gap#.VbFQpXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The work of organizations like NPHS play a vital role in the Inland Empire's ongoing recovery from the recession and housing crisis. These additional funds will enable them to continue to provide needed services in our community and help make the American dream a reality for even more Inland Empire residents." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/986086/torres-presents-300000-grant-to-nphs-to-advance-sustainable-homeownership-and-financial-education#.VbFP9nUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "We should, as the Democratic alternative did, extend tax deductions for small businesses and encourage the Small Business Administration to address the funding challenges facing many small businesses so that they can expand and create new jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960994/torres-on-passage-of-fy16-budget#.VbFPQXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe a budget should reflect our national priorities and promote ideas like investing in education, modernizing our infrastructure, and reforming the tax code to help middle class families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960994/torres-on-passage-of-fy16-budget#.VbFOenUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbFXs3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797 (votesmart.org)

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  • "Whether it's tourists visiting our mountains, coastlines, and national parks, our booming agriculture sector's dependence on water to feed their crops, and the needs of all Californians to have clean water to drink and air to breathe, the work of the Natural Resources Committee is vital to my state." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/952245/rep-torres-to-serve-on-natural-resources-committee-water-and-indian-affairs-subcommittees#.VbFYknUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of A. B. 920 "Solar Power Energy Credit" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26415#.VbFZxXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of S. B. 359 "Appropriates Funds for Hybrid and Zero Emission Vehicle Use" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46200#.VbFcCHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The meeting focused on how Members of Congress and Latino groups can work together on issues important to constituents and group members alike, including climate change, clean energy, water resources, support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, preserving cultural antiquities, and including more public input in making major federal environmental decisions through the National Environmental Policy Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958894/natural-resources-democrats-leading-latino-organizations-conclude-historic-roundtable-on-an-inclusive-environmental-agenda#.VbFY-HUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of S.B. 374 "Prohibits Semiautomatic Rifles with Detachable Magazines" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46168 (votesmart.org)
  • "We owe it to the victims and their families to have a serious conversation about why mass shootings like the one that took place in Orlando have become all too common in our country and what we can do to prevent them. If we truly want to honor those who lost their lives, we can't be silent or turn to fear and division. We must respond with love, compassion, and action."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1093344/hispanic-caucus-on-the-shooting-in-orlando (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71284/norma-torres/37#.VbFcbXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of S.B.51 "Compliance with Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/36984 (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act has given millions of American families access to affordable health insurance, freed them from the fear of going bankrupt because of a single accident, and finally barred insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/985984/torres-statement-on-supreme-court-aca-decision#.VbFc93UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Over the past few years, I have worked to make the benefits of the ACA available and accessible to all Californians – from mandating Covered California materials and assistance in multiple languages to now serving as a resource to constituents as they navigate the process." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960801/cardenas-los-angeles-delegation-highlight-affordable-health-care-signup-deadline#.VbFdVHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of A.B. 4 "Prohibits Law Enforcement from Detaining Individuals Solely Based on Immigration Status" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46175#.VbFfBXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We believe it is undeniable that detention in a secure facility is detrimental to mothers and children and is not reflective of our values as a Nation. Children require special protections and should not be laced in jail-like settings." http://grijalva.house.gov/uploads/2015_5_27Family_Detention_Letter.pdf (grijalva.house.gov)
  • "I am confident the Supreme Court will agree the President was within his legal authority to create a sensible process to prioritize the deportation of dangerous criminals and provide relief to the many families across the country and in my home state of California who are American in every way but on paper. These families have become integral members of our communities and should not have to live in constant fear." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1085631/chc-on-us-v-texas-oral-arguments (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of S.B.1172 "Prohibits Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/41605 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "As federal legislators who represent families across this nation, we believe that—like DOMA—state marriage bans deny our citizens the equal protection that the Constitution guarantees." http://www.democraticleader.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/258055-Brief-Appx.pdf (www.democraticleader.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Equality California http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71284/norma-torres/76#.VbFfZXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Signed a letter stating "Given the state of popular opinion and the impending retirement savings crisis facing this nation, we respectfully urge you to include proposals to expand Social Security benefits for million of Americans to your policy brief at the upcoming Conference." http://www.budget.senate.gov/democratic/public/_cache/files/52b0f60f-d996-47d3-89a4-f186bc32545c/ssletter-edited-7-12-15.pdf (www.budget.senate.gov)
  • "In Congress I will continue my fight for better jobs, to protect families from the fallout from the housing crisis, to improve local transportation infrastructure, protect Medicare and Social Security, and to help Ontario Airport regain its footing as a hub of regional economic activity." http://www.normatorres.com/ (www.normatorres.com)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71284/norma-torres/53 (votesmart.org)

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