Women and Families

Fast Company: She demanded free Covid-19 testing. Now Katie Porter is taking on child care policy

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Wearing a poppy-red top and a turquoise beaded necklace, Rep. Katie Porter materializes in Zoom gallery view alongside two dozen childcare professionals from her home district in Orange County, California. It’s mid-January, 10 long months since COVID-19 upended operations at day cares and schools, and pandemic fatigue casts a shadow over the group. But not on Porter. Yes, she’s been mostly at hom...

Rep. Porter Spearheads Bipartisan Bill to Strike Loophole in Family Leave Policy

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to close an unfair loophole that limits how much leave certain married people can take. The FAIR Leave Act—or Fair Access for Individuals to Receive Leave Act—would amend federal family leave policy to allow married couples working for the same employer to take the same amount of leave as couples working for different emp...

Rep. Porter Spearheads Bipartisan Resolution to Honor Volunteers Working in Foster Care System

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize specially-trained volunteers who advocate on behalf of child survivors of abuse, neglect, and abandonment in courtrooms and other settings. The CASA Volunteer’s Day Resolution would honor Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) volunteers for their life-changing work with children e...

Striking the #SingleParentPenalty

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Dear friend, Children are expensive, but they are also the building blocks of our future economy. That’s why, in 1951, Congress created a tax cut—commonly known as the Child Tax Credit—for most families with kids. The Child Tax Credit has been a lifeline for parents, especially as the costs of child care skyrocket. I’m glad Congress recently expanded the Child Tax Credit, which is estimated to hel...

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...

Reps. Porter, Pressley, and Beyer Introduce Bill to Strike Single Parent Penalty from Tax Code

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced legislation to make it easier for families headed by single parents to get help from the expanded child tax credit. The Single Parent Penalty Elimination Act, which is co-led by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08), would change the income threshold for Americans filing as heads of household—the status most comm...

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...

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...

Protecting Survivors of Domestic Violence

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Dear Friend, Every single person in Orange County deserves to be safe. Elected officials should not only support survivors of domestic violence, but empower them. Last week, I proudly voted to renew the Violence Against Women Act, which helps protect survivors and those currently experiencing domestic violence. The bill included my proposal to incorporate “economic abuse” as a form of domestic vio...