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Rep. Porter Proposal to Ensure Emergency Medical Supplies Are Delivered On Time, at a Fair Price, Included in Coronavirus Relief Bill

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) has secured a provision in House Democrats’ coronavirus relief legislation that would increase accountability for the government in ordering emergency medical supplies. The measure, included in legislation under consideration by the Financial Services Committee, would require emergency government orders for medical supplies to be put online in a public... Read more »

Rep. Porter Introduces Bill to Help Older Adults During Coronavirus Emergency

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced legislation that would help older adults access the services they need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Her bill increases support for a government program that funds service coordinators for households with seniors. “Older adults are at high risk for illness related to COVID-19, so it’s imperative that we get them the help ... Read more »

Following Oversight Hearing, Rep. Porter Continues Fight for Affordable, Accessible Coronavirus Tests

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WASHINGTON—Today, Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) called on the nation's top public health agency to keep its commitment the American people by making diagnostic testing for the coronavirus free for all. She was joined in her effort by Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), and Lauren Underwood (IL-14). Yesterday, in a fiery exchange in the Committee on Oversight and Refor... Read more »

Two Rep. Porter-backed Bills to Reunite Korean-American Families Pass House

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WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives yesterday passed two bills backed by Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) that would help reunite Korean Americans with family members in North Korea. “In Orange County, we know just how important family is,” Congresswoman Porter said. “It’s heartbreaking that so many Korean Americans have been unable to contact their close relatives in North Korea, simply bec... Read more »

Rep. Porter Leads Fight for Affordable Coronavirus Tests

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) led an effort with Reps. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and Lauren Underwood (IL-14) to ensure cost is not a barrier for people getting tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus. The Congresswomen raised concerns to the Trump Administration that COVID-19 diagnostic testing and services aren’t affordable and accessible for patients, which will dissuade people from bein... Read more »

Rep. Porter Investigates Invasive Debt Collection Practices That Jeopardize Consumer Privacy

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today called out Trump Administration officials for a proposal that would enable debt collection practices that place patients’ private information at risk. The Administration’s new policy, which allows debt collectors to use unsecured means of communication, is particularly concerning for Americans with medical debt, as the lack of data security could... Read more »

Rep. Porter Introduces Legislation to Honor Orange County Tuskegee Airman

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IRVINE—Congresswoman Katie Porter introduced a bill to name a post office for Orange County veteran Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Friend. Before passing away in June 2019, Lt. Col. Friend was one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, who took to the skies during World War II as the first African American military aviators. He also served in Korea and Vietnam. “Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Friend w... Read more »

Rep. Porter Announces Children’s Hospital Chief Psychologist as State of the Union Guest

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today announced that she will bring Children’s Hospital of Orange County’s (CHOC) Chief Psychologist Dr. Heather Huszti to the State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 4. “We have a pediatric mental health crisis in our country—15 million children are struggling with a mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder, and appropriate services are scarc... Read more »

Rep. Porter Leads Call for Information on Coronavirus in Orange County

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today requested that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide Congress with critical information about the agency’s efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus and treat those infected. “This public health emergency demands a swift response to stop the spread of the virus,” Congresswoman Porter said. “During the recent district work p... Read more »

Rep. Porter Announces Program to Send Valentines Cards to Southern California Veterans

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IRVINE—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today announced her “Valentines for Vets” program to collect and distribute Valentine’s Day cards to Southern California veterans. “Those who’ve selflessly served our country deserve our highest level of respect and admiration for keeping our families and communities safe,” Congresswoman Porter said. “Valentines for Veterans is a great way to show our dist... Read more »