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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…