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Rep. Porter Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect New Mothers from Surprise Bills

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced bipartisan legislation to protect new parents from surprise medical bills. The No Surprise Bills for New Moms Act, co-led by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3), would simplify the process for enrolling newborns in health coverage. “As a mom of three, I know firsthand that life with a newborn can be overwhelming,” Congresswoman Porter said... Read More »

Rep. Porter Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Improve Patient Safety during Coronavirus Pandemic

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced bipartisan legislation with Congressman Fred Upton (MI-6) that would improve care for patients outside of clinical settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Remote Patient Monitoring Access (RPM Access) Act makes it easier for providers, hospitals, and health systems to get the tools they need to monitor patients’ vitals remotely. “During this p... Read More »

Rep. Porter Introduces Bill to Help Working Families during Pandemic

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced legislation with Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38) that would strengthen a program to help working families during the coronavirus pandemic. The Support Working Families Act makes it easier for Americans serving as caregivers to get relief if their children or other dependents are unable to go to school or a childcare facility due to COVID-1... Read More »

Rep. Porter Secures Consumer Protection, Pentagon Oversight Provisions in House-Passed National Defense Bill

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The House of Representatives has passed a key defense bill with five amendments by Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45), including provisions to strengthen Pentagon oversight, increase consumer protections for servicemembers, and study risks to national security posed by social media companies. These amendments were accepted on a broad bipartisan basis and included in the National Defense Authorizat... Read More »

Reps. Porter, Lofgren, and Chu Push to Expand Language Assistance for California Voters with Limited English Proficiency

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U.S. Representative Katie Porter (CA-45), Committee on House Administration Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chairwoman Judy Chu (CA-27), today urged California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to help voters get the in-language materials and language assistance they’ll need this fall. The Congresswomen led more than twenty of their California colleagu... Read More »

Porter, Kennedy’s Strengthening Behavioral Health Parity Act Clears Key Committee Hurdle

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U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) and U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04) today applauded the bipartisan passage of their Strengthening Behavioral Health Parity Act by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Under the legislation, the Department of Labor will be required to conduct random audits, and if they find that insurance plans are not abiding by existing parity laws, they will e... Read More »

Caring for our Mental Health

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Dear Friend, Mental health care is health care. Period. Undiagnosed or untreated mental illness can cause physical ailments, and result in lost work and overall poor health. Right now, we are not doing enough to address the rising rates of mental illnesses among children and adults, a problem the coronavirus pandemic has made even more urgent. I want to stress that if you’re feeling overwhelmed, w... Read More »

Rep. Porter, Sen. Harris Blast Trump Administration for Failing to Plan for Safe Reopening of Schools

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U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) and U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (CA) today blasted the Trump Administration for failing to communicate a plan to school districts on how to reopen safely ahead of the upcoming academic year. The two demanded that the Administration develop clear and concise standards that include the input of health experts, teachers, parents, and students to help schools ... Read More »

Investing in our future

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Dear friend, As we commemorate our nation’s history this Fourth of July, I’m thinking about how important it is that we invest in our communities and create a better future for our children. Making this a priority, I worked with my colleagues on legislation that would improve our infrastructure, protect our kids, and take concrete steps to fight climate change. This bill, the Moving Forward Act, p... Read More »

Rep. Porter Introduces Bill to Protect Patients During Public Health Emergencies

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) has introduced legislation with Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), and Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) to protect patients from reductions in coverage during public health emergencies. Porter’s Patients Before Profits Act would bar insurers from renegotiating contracts or decreasing reimbursement rates for doctors and other healthcare w... Read More »

Rep. Porter Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Provide Student Borrower Relief for Perkins Loan Holders

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced bipartisan legislation with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Congresswoman Susie Lee (NV-03), Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03), and Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) that would expand the reach of the student borrower protections included in the CARES Act. The COVID–19 Perkins Loan Relief Act would allow the nearly 2 million borro... Read More »

Reps. Porter, Speier, and Rooney Launch Bipartisan Effort to Ramp Up Accountability for the Pentagon

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WASHINGTON—Representatives Katie Porter (CA-45), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Francis Rooney (FL-19) announced a bipartisan proposal yesterday that would increase public accountability for the Pentagon. Their measure requires the Department of Defense to put all unclassified reports on a publicly accessible website. Each year, the Pentagon is required to report on dozens of topics ranging from proje... Read More »

Rep. Porter, Sen. Harris Blast Trump Administration for Hiding Data on Small Business Grants

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) and U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (CA) today blasted the Trump Administration for withholding information from the public about a $650 billion program intended to support small businesses. The two demanded release of data about who is receiving forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and in what amounts. “Millions of Americans ... Read More »

Rep. Porter, Sen. Harris Demand Better Oversight of Coronavirus Bailout Money

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) and U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (CA) today called on Congressional leadership to remove a roadblock hampering oversight of taxpayer dollars going to large corporations. In a letter, Porter and Harris urged leaders of both parties to quickly appoint a Chairperson of the Congressional Oversight Commission, which oversees a $500 billion fund for ba... Read More »

Rep. Porter Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Address Mental Health Needs Caused by COVID-19 Pandemic

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help meet the skyrocketing demand for mental and behavioral health services during the coronavirus pandemic. Her bipartisan Stopping the Mental Health Pandemic Act would strengthen the efforts of state and local governments, non-profit organizations, and service providers over the next two years to tackle beha... Read More »