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Rep. Porter Announces Asian-American Olympic Athlete as Virtual Guest to President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today announced that she has invited Sakura Kokumai, a martial arts champion who was recently the target of anti-Asian harassment in Orange County, as her virtual guest to President Joe Biden’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress. Earlier this month, Kokumai was training for the 2021 Olympics when she was verbally assaulted at Grijalva Park in Orange, Califo... Read more »

Huffington Post: ‘Corruption In Real Time’: Rep. Katie Porter Shreds McConnell For Stymying Stimulus Bill

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Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) lambasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) over his refusal to support bipartisan stimulus legislation this week, accusing the powerful GOP lawmaker of working behind the scenes to protect corporations rather than Americans in need of financial support. Congress has renewed talks with the White House this week over a new stimulus package as the COVID-19 ... Read more »

The Hill: Katie Porter in heated exchange with Mnuchin: 'You're play-acting to be a lawyer'

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Democratic Rep. Katie Porter (Calif.) on Wednesday got into a heated conversation with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during a House Financial Services Committee hearing, with Porter claiming that Mnuchin was “play-acting to be a lawyer.” Porter specifically grilled Mnuchin over his support to move $455 billion in COVID-19 relief from the Federal Reserve back into the Treasury’s general fund, m... Read more »

Rep. Porter Op-ed: California has guaranteed mental health parity; it’s time for Congress to do so nationally

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Long before COVID-19 reached our shores, our nation was confronting a massive public health emergency. Even as the coronavirus pandemic has taken center stage, a mental health crisis that has long persisted is worsening. This problem may be quieter, but its toll is just as devastating. The COVID-19 pandemic has only made things worse, isolating individuals in their homes, interrupting services lik... Read more »

Washington Post: ‘Mighty whiteboard of truth’: The weapon Rep. Katie Porter used to school a pharma exec — and plenty others

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Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) got out her marker and scrawled a figure on the whiteboard beside her: $13 million. “Do you know what this number is?” she asked Mark Alles, the former CEO of the pharmaceutical company Celgene, as he testified remotely before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. “Does it ring any bells?” Alles could hardly get his answer out before Porter scribbled more math o... Read more »

The Cut: No One Does Math Better Than Representative Katie Porter

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Math? Evicted from my mind palace long ago on grounds of being the worst. Solve for x? I can’t and I won’t. Numbers as a concept? Get out of my house. Unless of course you came with California representative Katie Porter. In that case, please make yourself right at home. Porter, you see, used basic but effective math to flummox and fluster a Big Pharma CEO during Wednesday’s House Oversight Commit... Read more »

Huffington Post: Lawmakers Don’t Have To Disclose Federal Loans. 2 Democrats Want To Change That.

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It’s well known that lawmakers, Cabinet members and their families have secured millions of dollars in federal funds to support their own businesses through programs like the Paycheck Protection Program, the federal loan scheme set up to support struggling employers during the coronavirus pandemic. There’s just no way of really knowing when these high-ranking federal officials apply for the very ... Read more »

Yahoo News: Katie Porter, AOC among House freshmen making their mark by grilling witnesses

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Last month, embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s House Oversight Committee hearing was in its fifth hour when Rep. Katie Porter’s five minutes to ask questions arrived. “Mr. DeJoy, thank you for being with us today,” Porter, D-Calif., began. “What is the cost of a first-class postage stamp?” DeJoy knew the price of the stamp — 55 cents — but was unable to answer Porter’s questions about the ... Read more »

Vox: Rep. Katie Porter quizzed the postmaster general about the mail. He didn’t do great.

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified before the House Oversight Committee Monday that he came to the United States Postal Service to apply his experience in logistics to help the USPS “grow and evolve in the path of sustainability.” But during the hearing, he revealed that he’s still a tad unfamiliar with the agency he is set to reform. That came out in questioning from Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA... Read more »

Time Magazine: California Rep. Katie Porter Schools Congress With a White Board

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About a decade ago, Kamala Harris called up Elizabeth Warren to ask for a tip. It was the messy aftermath of the Great Recession, and Harris, then California’s attorney general, needed a recommendation for someone who could handle the complicated job of overseeing the settlement money that big banks had paid for creating and bursting the infamous mortgage-backed-securities bubble. “I said, ‘Talk t... Read more »