Women and Families

As a single working mom, Congresswoman Porter understands firsthand that Orange County families need representatives who will fight to make their lives easier.

More on Women and Families

November 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today led 81 members in supporting legislation aimed at empowering those trapped in domestic violence situations by giving them the tools to keep their pets safe. Approximately 34 percent of domestic violence survivors are torn between escaping abuse and leaving a beloved pet behind.

November 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced a bipartisan bill to remove a marriage penalty from federal family leave policy. The legislation would ensure that married couples who work for the same employer are not restricted in the amount of leave they can take under existing law, closing a loophole that has become increasingly prevalent for the modern workforce.

October 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed a bill authored by Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) to make it easier for working parents to run for federal office. The Help America Run Act would clarify that candidates are permitted to use campaign contributions to pay for child care, elder care, dependent care, and healthcare premiums and passed the House with unanimous, bipartisan support.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a partial funding bill with amendments from Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) that would support key programs for Orange County families. Five amendments led by Porter would increase funds for reducing the sexual assault kit backlog, qualifying volunteer advocates for child survivors of abuse and neglect, fighting veteran homelessness, helping veterans in crisis, and building clean vehicle infrastructure.

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced an amendment to increase funding for the sexual assault kit backlog program. Across the country, there are hundreds of thousands of sexual assault kits (also known as rape kits) sitting untested. The amendment was adopted by the House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis.

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced an amendment to increase funding for a program that recruits and trains volunteers who advocate on behalf of child survivors of abuse, neglect, and abandonment in courtrooms and other settings. The amendment was adopted on a broad bipartisan basis.

June 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives today adopted an amendment by Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) that would increase funding for a program to promote intimate partner violence response and health collaboration at the state level. The proposal passed with a large bipartisan majority.

June 10, 2019 In The News

When Secretary Ben Carson appeared before Congress at the end of May, I came prepared for a serious discussion about our nation’s housing supply.

April 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today joined her House colleagues to pass an extension for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which supports the safety of and provides protections for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The bill passed with an amendment authored by Porter, which integrates the term “economic abuse” throughout the legislation.

March 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced legislation to address the skyrocketing cost of childcare. Her bipartisan Family Savings for Kids and Seniors Act, which she introduced with Republican Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3), would more than double the amount of money families can set aside pre-tax in Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) to pay help for help pay for preschool, summer day camp, before or after school programs, and child or adult daycare.