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New Rep. Porter Bill Would Expose Congressmembers Who Abuse Official Funds

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WASHINGTON—Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), founder and co-chair of the End Corruption caucus, today introduced legislation to give taxpayers more information about Congressmembers who potentially misuse official funds for their travel. The Transparency in Taxpayer-Funded Travel Act is co-led by End Corruption co-chair Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO). “Taxpayers fund our official budgets; they deserve to know how...

Rep. Porter Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Honor Laguna Woods Church Shooting Hero

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) and Congresswoman Michelle Steel (R-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation to commission a Congressional Gold Medal for Dr. John Cheng, an Orange County resident who was killed while confronting an active shooter at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods last month. Congressional Gold Medals express Congress’ highest appreciation for actions taken by...

House Passes Rep. Porter’s Legislation to Improve Mental Health Coverage for Public Servants

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WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives today passed legislation from Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) to improve insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorder treatment for firefighters, public school teachers, police, and other frontline workers. The House approved provisions from Congresswoman Porter’s Closing Health Coverage Gaps for Public Servants Act, co-led by Congresswo...

House Passes Rep. Katie Porter’s Legislation to Lower Gas Prices

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WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives today passed Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA)’s legislation to crack down on Big Oil’s predatory price increases at the pump. The Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act, co-led by Congresswoman Kim Schrier (D-WA), would lower gas prices by making exploitative price hikes unlawful, holding market manipulators accountable, and boosting transparency in the...

Rep. Katie Porter Statement on Reports of a Shooting at a Church in Laguna Woods

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ORANGE COUNTY—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today released the below statement after reports of multiple injuries and one death following a shooting inside Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California: “A shooting at a church in Laguna Woods has left multiple people injured and one deceased. This is upsetting and disturbing news, especially less than a day after a mass shooting in B...

Rep. Katie Porter Renews Legislative Push to Better Protect Student Borrowers

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) today reintroduced a slate of bills to boost accountability in higher education. The CFPB Student Loan Integrity and Transparency Act, co-led by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), would restore critical oversight powers to the top government official responsible for assisting student borrowers, while the Accountability in Student Loan Data Act would...

Rep. Porter, Chair Grijalva Refer Former Interior Secretary Bernhardt, Villages at Vigneto Developer to Justice Department, Alleging Criminal Bribery

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WASHINGTON—Natural Resources Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Katie Porter (D-CA) and Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ.) today made a criminal referral to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) outlining evidence of a likely criminal quid pro quo between Trump administration officials, including former U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernh...

Rep. Katie Porter Leads House Colleagues in Calling for Additional Resources at the Southern Border

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) and Congressman Greg Stanton (D-AZ) today led a group of colleagues in urging House leadership to promptly take up supplemental funding legislation for the Southern border. “We have heard clearly—from humanitarian organizations, border communities, and law enforcement—that additional resources are the only way to secure our Southern border, and to give ...

Rep. Katie Porter Introduces Legislation To Reduce Gas Prices

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WASHINGTON—Today, Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) and Congresswoman Kim Schrier (D-WA) introduced legislation to crack down on Big Oil’s predatory price hikes at the pump. The Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act would empower the President to issue an Energy Emergency Declaration, making it unlawful to increase gasoline and home energy fuel prices in an excessive or exploitative manner. “...

TOMORROW: Rep. Katie Porter to Shadow Workers at I-405/SR-22 Freeway Interchange Construction Site

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IRVINE—On Thursday, April 21, 2022, Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) will join members of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters (SWRCC) Local 714 at the Interstate 405 Improvement Project construction site to speak directly with workers and see firsthand how federal funds are being used to strengthen Orange County’s infrastructure. The project, which is paid for in part through a $629 mill...

Rep. Porter Statement on Biden Administration’s Reforms for Oil and Gas Leases

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WASHINGTON—Yesterday, the Biden Administration issued final sale notices for new oil and gas leases, which include important reforms supported by Congresswoman Katie Porter that would protect taxpayers. Porter, Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight, released the following statement. “I applaud the Biden Administration for modernizing onshore royalty rates for new oil and g...

Rep. Porter Reintroduces Legislation to Meet Students’ Mental Health Needs

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA), along with Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), reintroduced legislation to protect the rights of students struggling with mental health challenges. The Student Mental Health Rights Act would require the Secretary of Education to study student mental health and campus policies and, in consultation with the Assistant Attorney ...

Rep. Porter Statement on the Affordable Insulin Now Act

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) today released the following statement following the passage of the Affordable Insulin Now Act: "I voted to lower the cost of insulin for millions of families, but today’s bill leaves far too many Americans behind. Telling insurers what to charge will not address the corporate price gouging that leaves patients unable to afford the drugs they need. We must do more...

Porter, Bilirakis Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bills to Reduce Carbon Emissions from Trucking, Maritime Transport

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA), Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, today introduced a package of two bipartisan, bicameral bills that would encourage hydrogen, a cleaner fuel source, in heavy-duty trans...

Porter, Dingell Introduce Legislation to Improve Mental Health Coverage for Public Servants

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA), along with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), today introduced legislation that would improve insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorders treatment for frontline workers. The Closing Health Coverage Gaps for Public Servants Act would require that certain care plans ...