Protecting Consumers

Rep. Katie Porter Introduces Bills to Protect Americans While Traveling

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA), a longtime consumer protection advocate, today introduced three bills to protect Americans when they travel. Porter’s new suite of legislation would impose new requirements for air travel refunds, plane seat sizes, and rental car reservations. “Too many Americans have been victims of corporate abuse while traveling, myself included, in part…

New Report by Rep. Katie Porter Exposes Big Pharma’s Launch Price Abuse

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) today released a report documenting how Big Pharma has set prices for new drugs higher and higher to line its pockets. The report, “Skyrocketing: How Big Pharma Exploits Launch Prices to Cash in on Cancer,” analyzes pricing and spending data to expose how the prices of newly launched cancer drugs put patients and taxpayers at risk. “Our report…

Rep. Katie Porter Introduces Bill to Protect Patients and Give Watchdogs More Transparency into Medicare-Funded Private Insurance

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter today introduced legislation to help patients and government watchdogs evaluate the quality of private health insurance plans provided through Medicare. The Medicare Advantage Consumer Protection and Transparency Act, co-led by Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), improves data collection and holds…

Rep. Katie Porter Introduces Bill to Crack Down on Big Corporations Coordinating Price Hikes

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) has introduced legislation that would strengthen accountability for big corporations that engage in coordinated price hikes. The Competitive Prices Act closes loopholes that price-gouging corporations exploit to escape accountability in antitrust cases. “Big corporations are gouging consumers to push their profit margins to record highs,” said…

Rep. Katie Porter Introduces Strengthened Bill to Crack Down on Political Scams

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) has introduced bipartisan legislation to crack down on political fundraising scams. The Stop Scam PACs Act, co-led by Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), would empower the Federal Election Commission to take action against fraudsters who pose as political action committees (PACs) to cheat Americans. “Americans who want to participate in our political…

House Passes Rep. Katie Porter’s Legislation to Lower Gas Prices

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WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives today passed Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA)’s legislation to crack down on Big Oil’s predatory price increases at the pump. The Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act, co-led by Congresswoman Kim Schrier (D-WA), would lower gas prices by making exploitative price hikes unlawful, holding market manipulators accountable, and boosting…

Rep. Porter Introduces Legislation to Protect Patients During Public Health Emergencies

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) today reintroduced legislation that would protect patients from reductions in insurance coverage during public health emergencies. The Patients Before Profits Act, co-led by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), would prevent insurers from renegotiating contracts or decreasing reimbursement rates for doctors…

Rep. Porter Report Details Exploitation in VA Home Loan Program

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today released a report revealing how predatory mortgage lenders are still exploiting military borrowers, despite years of efforts to prevent such abuses. “AWOL: How Watchdogs Are Failing to Protect Servicemembers from Financial Scams” analyzes new government data and shows that NewDay USA and The Federal Saving Bank, two lenders that have been punished…

Rep. Porter Report Details Corruption, Conflicts of Interest in Dialysis Industry

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today released a report detailing how cozy relationships between a patient advocacy group and leading dialysis providers are putting patients at risk. The report, “Dying on Dialysis: Inside an Industry Putting Profits Over Patients,” describes how the American Kidney Fund receives a large majority of its funding from leading dialysis providers…

Big Pharma's Killer Profits

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Dear friend, I’m not afraid to stand up to corporate special interests, especially when the health of Orange County families is on the line. Last October, I grilled a Big Pharma CEO about the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs. My questioning focused on how his company spent more money on stock buybacks, which enrich shareholders and executives, than on research and development…