Women and Families

 

As a single working mom, Congresswoman Porter is acutely aware of the challenges Orange County families face in balancing work and family.

Congresswoman Porter knows firsthand the challenges of being a working parent—that’s why she’s introduced bipartisan legislation to address some of the hurdles preventing Orange County parents and guardians from accessing child care and family leave. One of the first bills Congresswoman Porter introduced was legislation to address the skyrocketing cost of childcare. Her bipartisan Family Savings for Kids and Seniors Act would more than double the amount of money families can set aside pre-tax in Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) to help pay for preschool, summer day camp, before or after school programs, and child or adult daycare.

She also introduced the bipartisan FAIR Leave Act, which addresses one of the shortcomings of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The bill closes a loophole in federal family leave policy and enables eligible spouses working for the same employer to each take up to 12 work weeks (24 total) of unpaid leave in a 12 month period for the birth of a son or daughter, the adoption of a child, or the care of a parent with a serious health condition.

Protecting and empowering survivors of domestic violence is an issue personal to Congresswoman Porter. She shared her personal story as a survivor in advocating for the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). She fought for an amendment to gun violence prevention legislation that would require a report on the effect of firearm possession in domestic violence incidents. Congresswoman Porter has also successfully secured bipartisan support for a program to assist victims of domestic violence to safely shelter their pets when they leave their abusers. Congresswoman Porter held a roundtable in Orange County with advocates, law enforcement, and healthcare providers to discuss resources, opportunities, and challenges facing those caring for survivors of domestic violence in CA-45.

Understanding the impact that domestic violence can have on children, Congresswoman Porter advocated for additional funding for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, which successfully passed the House. This program recruits and trains volunteers who advocate on behalf of child survivors of abuse, neglect, and abandonment in courtrooms and other settings.