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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...

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...

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...

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...

Patch: Bill Would Help California's Senior Citizens Age In Place At Home

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Congresswoman Katie Porter of the 45th District in Orange County reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would make it easier for older Americans to age in place, her office reported Thursday. The Homecare for Seniors Act, which was introduced with Congressman Don Bacon (NE-2), changes the law to allow older adults to use funds from their health savings accounts (HSAs) for homecare. Porter discus...

NPR: What Is Infrastructure? It's A Gender Issue, For Starters

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One recent tweet from New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — along with its reams of snarky responses — sums up a key divide over infrastructure in Washington right now. "Paid leave is infrastructure. Child care is infrastructure. Caregiving is infrastructure," she wrote. This prompted a wave of backlash, particularly from conservatives — writer Christina Sommers posted a photo of (presumably) her dog...

The M Dash: The Necessary, Occasionally Hilarious Honesty of Katie Porter

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If you know anything about Porter, it should come as no surprise that her group chat—aptly nicknamed the “The No Bullshit Caucus”—was lit up with laughter and ready to give Porter their honest feedback. Porter is famous for getting to the truth, whether she’s grilling the CEO of Wells Fargo with the help of her iconic whiteboard, calling out bills and policies when they aren’t applicable to real A...