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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...

Wall Street Journal: Rep. Katie Porter (Op-ed): My Fellow Democrats, Let Earmarks Stay in the Dustbin of History

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Every member of Congress owes it to the public to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars. Accordingly, a decade ago, Congress halted the process of “earmarking” legislation. It worked as you might imagine: Members of Congress would figuratively fold the corner of a page in a spending bill to mark the spot where they would insert funding for hand-picked projects to benefit their districts, not the e...

E&E News: In new oversight role, Katie Porter targets oil industry

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Rep. Katie Porter spent the last two years drawing out some of the most revealing, and damning, admissions from executives of major banks and pharmaceutical companies. She could now be poised to do the same with leaders of the oil and gas industry. The second-term California Democrat is the new chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and she is pledging t...

Reuters: Democrat Katie Porter says to target Big Oil in new role as natural resources chair

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U.S. Representative Katie Porter, who has earned a reputation for grilling bank and drug company executives during Congressional hearings, told Reuters she will focus on a new target in her new role as chair of the House Natural Resources Oversight Committee: Big Oil. The position will make the California Democrat a key player in U.S. energy policy as President Joe Biden puts curbs on federal foss...

Reuters: House Democrats seek reform of federal lands drilling program

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U.S. Democratic lawmakers in Congress on Tuesday introduced a set of bills to reform federal oil and gas leasing regulations, including by raising royalty rates and toughening cleanup requirements. The bills would update decades-old laws governing oil and gas drilling to boost the program's value for taxpayers. While the proposals would not deliver on President Joe Biden's campaign promise to stop...

The 19th: Katie Porter, one of Congress’ only single moms, has a plan to help caregivers

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Rep. Katie Porter, one of the only single moms in Congress with young kids, waded through 2020 like most other parents: without much of a safety net. She entered her first term representing California’s 45th Congressional District in 2019 with three kids — now ages 9, 12 and 15 — and has quickly earned a reputation for fighting for working mothers (and eviscerating witnesses in questioning). This ...

Vox: Why the new pharma business model can be bad for research and development

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Success in the pharmaceutical industry these days often looks something like this. A small, scrappy biotech research company comes up with a promising new treatment. Then a major pharmaceutical manufacturer will acquire that smaller company, along with its intellectual property, and bring the treatment to market. The big pharma company makes money on the retail sales. The smaller outfit makes mone...

Orange County Register: House members from Orange County land key committee roles

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Orange County’s seven-member congressional delegation is settling into committee assignments for the upcoming session, with freshmen members getting word of their appointments from House leadership Monday. The diverse committee appointments — ranging from Foreign Affairs to Transportation to Natural Resources — could play major roles in shaping what representatives do for their constituents over t...

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 ...