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Rep. Porter Introduces Bill to Protect Patients During Public Health Emergencies

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) has introduced legislation with Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), and Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) to protect patients from reductions in coverage during public health emergencies. Porter’s Patients Before Profits Act would bar insurers from renegotiating contracts or decreasing reimbursement rates for doctors and other healthcare w... Read more »

Rep. Porter Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Provide Student Borrower Relief for Perkins Loan Holders

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced bipartisan legislation with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Congresswoman Susie Lee (NV-03), Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03), and Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) that would expand the reach of the student borrower protections included in the CARES Act. The COVID–19 Perkins Loan Relief Act would allow the nearly 2 million borro... Read more »

Reps. Porter, Speier, and Rooney Launch Bipartisan Effort to Ramp Up Accountability for the Pentagon

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WASHINGTON—Representatives Katie Porter (CA-45), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Francis Rooney (FL-19) announced a bipartisan proposal yesterday that would increase public accountability for the Pentagon. Their measure requires the Department of Defense to put all unclassified reports on a publicly accessible website. Each year, the Pentagon is required to report on dozens of topics ranging from proje... Read more »

Rep. Porter, Sen. Harris Blast Trump Administration for Hiding Data on Small Business Grants

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) and U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (CA) today blasted the Trump Administration for withholding information from the public about a $650 billion program intended to support small businesses. The two demanded release of data about who is receiving forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and in what amounts. “Millions of Americans ... Read more »

Rep. Porter, Sen. Harris Demand Better Oversight of Coronavirus Bailout Money

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) and U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (CA) today called on Congressional leadership to remove a roadblock hampering oversight of taxpayer dollars going to large corporations. In a letter, Porter and Harris urged leaders of both parties to quickly appoint a Chairperson of the Congressional Oversight Commission, which oversees a $500 billion fund for ba... Read more »

Rep. Porter Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Address Mental Health Needs Caused by COVID-19 Pandemic

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help meet the skyrocketing demand for mental and behavioral health services during the coronavirus pandemic. Her bipartisan Stopping the Mental Health Pandemic Act would strengthen the efforts of state and local governments, non-profit organizations, and service providers over the next two years to tackle beha... Read more »

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 »