Women and Families

Rep. Porter Leads Effort to Empower Survivors of Domestic Violence with Pets

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today led 81 members in supporting legislation aimed at empowering those trapped in domestic violence situations by giving them the tools to keep their pets safe. Approximately 34 percent of domestic violence survivors are torn between escaping abuse and leaving a beloved pet behind. “We should be doing everything we can to empower survivors of domestic violence ... Read more »

Rep. Porter Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Close Family Leave Loophole

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced a bipartisan bill to remove a marriage penalty from federal family leave policy. The legislation would ensure that married couples who work for the same employer are not restricted in the amount of leave they can take under existing law, closing a loophole that has become increasingly prevalent for the modern workforce. “As a working mom myself, ... Read more »

Rep. Porter Bill to Help Working Parents Run for Office Passes House of Representatives

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Today, the House of Representatives passed a bill authored by Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) to make it easier for working parents to run for federal office. The Help America Run Act would clarify that candidates are permitted to use campaign contributions to pay for child care, elder care, dependent care, and healthcare premiums and passed the House with unanimous, bipartisan support. “As a s... Read more »

Rep. Porter Amendments to Protect Women and Children, Help Veterans, and Boost Clean Vehicle Innovation Passes House in Government Funding Bill

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The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a partial funding bill with amendments from Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) that would support key programs for Orange County families. Five amendments led by Porter would increase funds for reducing the sexual assault kit backlog, qualifying volunteer advocates for child survivors of abuse and neglect, fighting veteran homelessness, helping vetera... Read more »

House Supports Porter Amendment to Address Sexual Assault Kit Backlog

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced an amendment to increase funding for the sexual assault kit backlog program. Across the country, there are hundreds of thousands of sexual assault kits (also known as rape kits) sitting untested. The amendment was adopted by the House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis. “I hope that this increase in funding today helps us continue the conve... Read more »

House Passes Porter Amendment to Support Child Survivors of Abuse and Neglect

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced an amendment to increase funding for a program that recruits and trains volunteers who advocate on behalf of child survivors of abuse, neglect, and abandonment in courtrooms and other settings. The amendment was adopted on a broad bipartisan basis. “At CASA of Orange County, and other CASAs across the country, their mantra is ‘I am for the Child,... Read more »

House Passes Bill to Fund Part of Government with Rep. Porter Amendments to Help Older Adults, Communities of Color, and Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

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The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a partial funding bill with amendments from Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) that would support key programs for Orange County families. Three amendments were led by Porter that would protect Medicare beneficiaries from fraud, support enrollment in the Affordable Care Act, and improve response to intimate partner violence. “Putting Orange County fam... Read more »

House Supports Rep. Porter Amendment to Improve Response to Intimate Partner Violence

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The House of Representatives today adopted an amendment by Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) that would increase funding for a program to promote intimate partner violence response and health collaboration at the state level. The proposal passed with a large bipartisan majority. “Addressing intimate partner violence requires a coordinated effort from all levels of government and the private secto... Read more »

HUD Secretary Ben Carson has failed America's working families. They deserve better.

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When Secretary Ben Carson appeared before Congress at the end of May, I came prepared for a serious discussion about our nation’s housing supply. In my home district in Orange County, California, we have both a rental affordability crisis and a homeownership affordability crisis, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has an important role to play in helping working families who... Read more »

House Passes Extension for Violence Against Women Act with Rep. Porter Amendment

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today joined her House colleagues to pass an extension for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which supports the safety of and provides protections for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The bill passed with an amendment authored by Porter, which integrates the term “economic abuse” throughout the legislation. “Unti... Read more »