Norma Torres

Rep. Norma Torres, D-Ontario, greets UPS drivers as they file out of their morning meeting on March 9 at their distribution center in Ontario. Torres, who was elected to Congress in November, was on a “jobs listening tour” of her district to help craft her legislative agenda in Washington. Beau Yarbrough — Staff file photo

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/19/15 – 8:41 PM PDT |

After 100 days on the job, freshmen Reps. Pete Aguilar and Norma Torres unveiled their plans this past week for creating more jobs in the Inland Empire.

Torres, D-Ontario, looked back on her first three months in a news release issued Wednesday.

“From day one, I have been committed to supporting our local economy, expanding access to education, and making our community a safe and attractive place to work, live, and raise a family,” Torres is quoted as saying in the release. “The past 100 days have provided me with an incredible opportunity to meet with constituents from every corner of the 35th District and hear their concerns, ideas, and aspirations. I am committed to spending the next 100 days and beyond working hard for the residents of the 35th District.”

On Wednesday, Torres introduced H.R. 1829, which she’s dubbed the DHS Communication Enhancement Act, “which requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to assess the department’s ability to serve individuals with limited English proficiency and requires the secretary to submit to Congress a summary of its findings and a plan, including a timeline for implementation, to improve the Department’s ability to serve non-English speakers,” Torres’ news release reads in part.

She’s also cosponsored 39 bills, 18 of them sponsored or cosponsored by Republicans. Three of the bills she’s cosponsored have been passed by the House of Representatives, including bills on airport security, human trafficking and honoring civil rights pioneers.

Aguilar, D-Rancho Cucamonga, capped off his first 100 days by laying out his jobs plan in a Thursday morning conference call with the media.

“I feel it’s really important to have this conversation and have this discussion with small businesses and employers locally,” Aguilar said. “It serves as a bit of a road map for me and for my staff for me to focus on in the months ahead.”

According to Aguilar, his jobs plan was derived from meetings he had with local employers and business leaders. Both Aguilar and Torres toured their districts earlier this year, with an eye toward discussing the economy and employment situation.

“We had 50 people in San Bernardino show up and share their concerns and thoughts,” he said.

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