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Rep. Porter Introduces Bill to Crack Down on “Scam PACs”

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WASHINGTON— Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) this week introduced bipartisan legislation to crack down on “scam PACs” that pose as political parties or candidates and pocket contributions. Her bill empowers the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to shut these organizations down. “Fraudsters have been taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to ramp up their efforts to cheat Americans—it is pa... Read More »

Rep. Porter Introduces Bill to Increase Accountability for Small Business Relief Loans

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced legislation to increase transparency and accountability for a loan program aimed at providing relief for small businesses feeling the squeeze during the coronavirus pandemic. Her bill would require all loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to be made public. “The PPP is the last line of defense for millions of American work... Read More »

Rep. Porter, Joined by House Committee Chairs, Introduces Bill to Crack Down on Unconfirmed Agency Officials

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced legislation to increase accountability for federal agency heads and other officials that have not been vetted by the Senate. Her Accountability for Acting Officials Act would limit who can serve as an “acting” official and for how long, closing various loopholes in the current law. The bill would also ramp up transparency and reporting... Read More »

Rep. Porter Leads Bipartisan Effort with Local Elected Officials to Secure Federal Help for Orange County Cities

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ORANGE COUNTY, CA—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) led a bipartisan group of mayors and councilmembers to call on House and Senate leadership to provide relief for Orange County cities. Under existing federal policy, only "large cities" with 500,000 or more people are eligible for direct assistance. Despite being the 6th most populous county in the country, Orange County has no cities that meet ... Read More »

Rep. Porter Statement on Oversight of Coronavirus Relief

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IRVINE—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today released the following statement regarding oversight of coronavirus relief efforts: “The Congressional Oversight Commission provides much-needed accountability in the CARES Act. I’m glad that four out of five members finally have been appointed to the Commission, and I am eager to see the Commission get to work on making sure that our taxpayer dollar... Read More »

Rep. Porter Introduces Bill to Provide Medical Debt Relief

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced bipartisan legislation with more than 60 of her colleagues that would remove paid off or settled medical debt from a patient’s credit report, as well as institute a 360-day waiting period before new medical debt can be reported. “Nobody chooses to get sick and take on medical debt,” Congresswoman Porter said. “It is wrong for families ... Read More »

Rep. Porter Report Blasts Trump Administration’s Mismanagement of Medical Supplies

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) has released a report showing that mask and ventilator exports from the United States increased dramatically in the early months of 2020. The report also revealed that President Trump's promised federal contracts for personal protective equipment and ventilators will not be completed until long after the peak of the coronavirus outbreak. “Congress must... Read More »

Rep. Porter Proposal to Ensure Emergency Medical Supplies Are Delivered On Time, at a Fair Price, Included in Coronavirus Relief Bill

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) has secured a provision in House Democrats’ coronavirus relief legislation that would increase accountability for the government in ordering emergency medical supplies. The measure, included in legislation under consideration by the Financial Services Committee, would require emergency government orders for medical supplies to be put online in a public... Read More »

Rep. Porter Introduces Bill to Help Older Adults During Coronavirus Emergency

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced legislation that would help older adults access the services they need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Her bill increases support for a government program that funds service coordinators for households with seniors. “Older adults are at high risk for illness related to COVID-19, so it’s imperative that we get them the help ... Read More »

Following Oversight Hearing, Rep. Porter Continues Fight for Affordable, Accessible Coronavirus Tests

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WASHINGTON—Today, Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) called on the nation's top public health agency to keep its commitment the American people by making diagnostic testing for the coronavirus free for all. She was joined in her effort by Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), and Lauren Underwood (IL-14). Yesterday, in a fiery exchange in the Committee on Oversight and Refor... Read More »

Two Rep. Porter-backed Bills to Reunite Korean-American Families Pass House

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WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives yesterday passed two bills backed by Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) that would help reunite Korean Americans with family members in North Korea. “In Orange County, we know just how important family is,” Congresswoman Porter said. “It’s heartbreaking that so many Korean Americans have been unable to contact their close relatives in North Korea, simply bec... Read More »

Rep. Porter Leads Fight for Affordable Coronavirus Tests

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) led an effort with Reps. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and Lauren Underwood (IL-14) to ensure cost is not a barrier for people getting tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus. The Congresswomen raised concerns to the Trump Administration that COVID-19 diagnostic testing and services aren’t affordable and accessible for patients, which will dissuade people from bein... Read More »

Rep. Porter Investigates Invasive Debt Collection Practices That Jeopardize Consumer Privacy

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today called out Trump Administration officials for a proposal that would enable debt collection practices that place patients’ private information at risk. The Administration’s new policy, which allows debt collectors to use unsecured means of communication, is particularly concerning for Americans with medical debt, as the lack of data security could... Read More »

Rep. Porter Introduces Legislation to Honor Orange County Tuskegee Airman

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IRVINE—Congresswoman Katie Porter introduced a bill to name a post office for Orange County veteran Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Friend. Before passing away in June 2019, Lt. Col. Friend was one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, who took to the skies during World War II as the first African American military aviators. He also served in Korea and Vietnam. “Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Friend w... Read More »

Rep. Porter Announces Children’s Hospital Chief Psychologist as State of the Union Guest

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today announced that she will bring Children’s Hospital of Orange County’s (CHOC) Chief Psychologist Dr. Heather Huszti to the State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 4. “We have a pediatric mental health crisis in our country—15 million children are struggling with a mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder, and appropriate services are scarc... Read More »