Rep. Norma Torres joins Partnership by Zoom, talks new stimulus and transportation bills
IRWINDALE - Today, Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-Pomona) joined nearly 40 Partnership members for a video conference call to discuss a wide variety of important issues, including a new federal stimulus bill, a federal transportation bill, as well as ongoing efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic and the protests and civil unrest caused by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minnesota.
"We were honored to have Congresswoman Torres with us today," said Partnership President and CEO Bill Manis. "The Partnership tries to hold individual events with each of our lawmakers every year and that's been challenging during the pandemic, so these video conference conversations are very helpful for our members to stay in touch while the stay-at-home orders remain in effect."
Rep. Torres held a community forum on Wednesday afternoon with local leaders from her district to discuss the protests across the country caused by the murder of George Floyd in police custody. The Congresswoman discussed how challenging it may be to enact substantive changes to police policy and procedures through Congress but that this is a critical tipping point in our society and how we view law enforcement.
Rep. Torres also discussed a new federal transportation bill that has just been released by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Transportation has been one of the few areas with bipartisan support and may become a prime area of policy focus to aid in stimulating the economy towards recovery from the coronavirus recession. The Congresswoman also fielded a variety of questions dealing with water, job creation, higher education funding, and federal assistance with Ontario International Airport.