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Rep. Porter Spearheads Legislation to Help Patients Hold Insurers Accountable

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) introduced legislation to help patients hold insurers accountable for wrongfully denying coverage for health care services. The Justice for Patients Act, co-led by Congressman Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), would protect patients’ access to the judicial system, including their ability to join cla...

The Fight for Equality

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Dear friend, June is Pride Month—a time to celebrate our LGBTQ+ friends and neighbors, and to recognize that there’s still much work to be done to achieve equality for every American. From the Stonewall Riots to leading the charge for the Equality Act, the LGBTQ+ community has fought tirelessly for justice. I'm committed to being their ally in this battle. Everyone deserves to live their truth. An...

Rep. Porter Spearheads Bipartisan Bill to Strike Loophole in Family Leave Policy

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to close an unfair loophole that limits how much leave certain married people can take. The FAIR Leave Act—or Fair Access for Individuals to Receive Leave Act—would amend federal family leave policy to allow married couples working for the same employer to take the same amount of leave as couples working for different emp...

Rep. Porter Introduces Legislation to Better Protect Against Natural Disasters

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) is reintroducing legislation to better protect Californians by standardizing research on natural disasters. The Disaster Learning and Life Saving Act, co-led by Congressman John Garamendi (CA-03), would establish an independent board to review natural disasters and make recommendations on how to keep people safe. Companion legislation will be introduced by Senato...

Restoring Tax Fairness and Holding Corporate Cheaters Accountable

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Dear Friend, It is unacceptable that the wealthiest corporations in this country are cheating the tax system. When it comes to funding public resources that we all rely on, we all have a part to play. Orange County families pay their fair share; corporations should do the same. The U.S. loses approximately $1 trillion in unpaid taxes every year because the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is too und...

The Hill: Porter blasts oil CEOs: 'Declined to answer to the American people'

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Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) on Wednesday chastised oil company executives who declined her invitation to testify before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, saying they “declined to answer to the American people.” Porter, who chairs the subcommittee, invited the CEOs of ExxonMobil, Devon Energy and EOG Resources to testify at a hearing, which was titled, “Misu...

Rolling Stone: Katie Porter Delivers Another Knockout Punch

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There are few things in Washington more dangerous than Katie Porter with a white board. The latest corporate executive unfortunate enough to be on the receiving side of the California representative’s piercing questioning was Richard A. Gonzalez, CEO of the pharmaceutical giant AbbVie, whom Porter took to task Tuesday during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on price gouging by Big Ph...

Rep. Porter Spearheads Bipartisan Resolution to Honor Volunteers Working in Foster Care System

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize specially-trained volunteers who advocate on behalf of child survivors of abuse, neglect, and abandonment in courtrooms and other settings. The CASA Volunteer’s Day Resolution would honor Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) volunteers for their life-changing work with children e...

Business Insider: Democrat Katie Porter accuses pharma CEO of inflating drug prices and 'lying' to patients and policymakers — all with the help of her whiteboard

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Rep. Katie Porter, a California Democrat, accused AbbVie CEO Richard Gonzalez of lying to Americans and policymakers about why the pharmaceutical giant has dramatically increased the prices of some of its most popular drugs during a Tuesday House Oversight Committee hearing. Using a whiteboard and paper cut-outs to illustrate her points, Porter argued that the pharma company falsely claimed that i...

Striking the #SingleParentPenalty

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Dear friend, Children are expensive, but they are also the building blocks of our future economy. That’s why, in 1951, Congress created a tax cut—commonly known as the Child Tax Credit—for most families with kids. The Child Tax Credit has been a lifeline for parents, especially as the costs of child care skyrocket. I’m glad Congress recently expanded the Child Tax Credit, which is estimated to hel...

Motherly: There’s a new push to help single-parent families claim more in taxes

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There's a new bill in Congress that would make it easier for single parents to claim all the benefits of the new expanded child tax credit. The Single Parent Penalty Elimination Act would make it so that single parents can claim the full amount of the child tax credit. It all comes down to restructuring the tax code so single parents, who file as heads of household, can claim the same amount of mo...

Washington Post: Rep. Katie Porter (Op-ed): Abolish the tax code’s single-parent penalty

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In my first term in the House, I was the only single mom of young kids in Congress. Raising three school-age children, I am sensitive to how the tax code treats parents — both those who are married and those who are not married — and how its discrepancies can hurt certain children. When I started talking last year about how the tax code penalizes single parents, I was told that improvements to th...

Reps. Porter, Pressley, and Beyer Introduce Bill to Strike Single Parent Penalty from Tax Code

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced legislation to make it easier for families headed by single parents to get help from the expanded child tax credit. The Single Parent Penalty Elimination Act, which is co-led by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08), would change the income threshold for Americans filing as heads of household—the status most comm...

CNBC: New bill aims to abolish tax penalties against single parents and make it easier to claim the $3,000 child tax credit

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Three progressive Democrats introduced a bill in the House on Thursday that would make it easier for single parents to claim all the benefits of the new $3,000 child tax credit. Reps. Katie Porter, D-Calif., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Don Beyer, D-Va., introduced the Single Parent Penalty Elimination Act, which would change the tax code to make it so taxpayers who file as heads of household, th...

E&E News: Katie Porter preps hot seats for oil and gas execs

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Rep. Katie Porter is making good on her promise to ask tough questions of the oil and gas industry in her new role as chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The California Democrat's aggressive pursuit of answers will begin in earnest this month. Yesterday, Porter announced that her first hearing, May 19, will "examine the contributions of the oil and ga...