Women and Families

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... Read more »

Reps. Porter, Herrera Beutler Reintroduce Legislation to Protect New Parents from Surprise Medical Bills

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to protect new parents from surprise medical bills. The No Surprise Bills for New Moms Act, co-led by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3), would simplify the process for enrolling newborns in health coverage. “Growing your family should be a time of joy; instead, our healthcare system often springs surprise medical... Read more »

Rep. Porter Reintroduces Bill to Help Families Pay for Childcare

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today reintroduced legislation to help families with high childcare costs. Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler (WA-3) joined Porter in reintroducing the Family Savings for Kids and Seniors Act, which more than doubles what families can set aside pre-tax to pay for preschool, summer day camp, before or after school programs, and child or adult daycare. “The way CO... Read more »

Rep. Porter Hosts Listening Session for Local Childcare Providers, Parent Teacher Associations

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) hosted a roundtable discussion yesterday with representatives from local childcare providers and parent teacher associations to hear directly about the hardships they’re facing during the coronavirus pandemic. “As a single working mom, I know how critical childcare is not just for families, but for our entire economy,” said Congresswoman Porter. “Working parents ... Read more »

Rep. Porter Report Details the Burden of the Pandemic on Working Women

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today released a report documenting the economic burden of the coronavirus pandemic on women in the workforce. The report suggests that disparities between men and women in the workplace are likely to deepen without a recovery effort that includes policies focused on women and families. These gaps, left unaddressed, would last for generations and result in long t... Read more »

Fairness for pregnant workers

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Dear friend, As the only single mom of young kids elected to Congress, I’m a committed fighter for working parents. Earlier this month, I proudly cast my vote for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2694). This landmark bill, which passed the House with broad bipartisan support, would strengthen protections for pregnant women in the workplace. Under the policies that prompted Congress to act, ... Read more »

Rep. Porter Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect New Mothers from Surprise Bills

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced bipartisan legislation to protect new parents from surprise medical bills. The No Surprise Bills for New Moms Act, co-led by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3), would simplify the process for enrolling newborns in health coverage. “As a mom of three, I know firsthand that life with a newborn can be overwhelming,” Congresswoman Porter said... Read more »

Rep. Porter Introduces Bill to Help Working Families during Pandemic

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced legislation with Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38) that would strengthen a program to help working families during the coronavirus pandemic. The Support Working Families Act makes it easier for Americans serving as caregivers to get relief if their children or other dependents are unable to go to school or a childcare facility due to COVID-1... Read more »

Investing in our future

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Dear friend, As we commemorate our nation’s history this Fourth of July, I’m thinking about how important it is that we invest in our communities and create a better future for our children. Making this a priority, I worked with my colleagues on legislation that would improve our infrastructure, protect our kids, and take concrete steps to fight climate change. This bill, the Moving Forward Act, p... Read more »

The Nation: Rep. Katie Porter Wants to Make It Easier for Single Moms Like Her to Serve in Congress

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Representative Katie Porter, a single mother of three children 8 to 14 years old, hopes for the day when no one asks her or anyone else, “How do you do it?” Porter is the first single mother in Congress raising young children. Her most significant opponent today may be the calendar. The morning we met, her flight back to DC was canceled. And she has to coordinate her congressional schedule with sc... Read more »