Protecting Consumers and Investors

Rep. Porter Introduces Bill to Improve Public Understanding of Renewable Energy

| Posted in Press Releases

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) has introduced legislation to encourage the development of apps that will give users more information how electricity is delivered to homes and businesses. This bill would help consumers understand energy grid demand and supply, including how much energy is provided by renewable sources. “As a consumer protection attorney, I know from experience how kn... Read more »

Rep. Porter Legislation to Lower Drug Costs Approved by House of Representatives

| Posted in Press Releases

WASHINGTON—A bill by Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) to prevent drug manufacturers from profiting off unreasonable price hikes passed the House of Representatives today as part of broader legislation to lower prescription drug costs. The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which passed with Porter’s support, would allow federal officials to negotiate fair drug prices and included Porte... Read more »

Rep. Porter Introduces Bill to Improve Data on Student Loan Defaults

| Posted in Press Releases

Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) has introduced legislation that would improve reporting requirements for universities on the number of their graduates who can’t repay their student loans. Under the current system, institutions can artificially deflate the number of individuals who default on their loans and escape accountability. “If a large number of school’s graduates can’t repay their studen... Read more »

Rep. Porter Introduces Legislation to Crack Down on Pharmaceutical Price Spikes

| Posted in Press Releases

Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced legislation that would protect patients from unnecessary price spikes. The Freedom from Price Gouging Act recovers taxpayer dollars from pharmaceutical companies when they try to hike their drug prices to increase their profits. “It’s time to hold Big Pharma accountable for jacking up drug prices to line their own pockets,” Congresswoman Porter s... Read more »

Rep. Porter Demands Oversight for Organizations Facilitating Organ Transplants

| Posted in Press Releases

Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today called on the Trump Administration to conduct appropriate and necessary oversight for organ procurement organizations (OPOs), which are responsible for evaluating and securing organs from those who have decided to donate their organs. This request comes as a response to President Trump’s executive order signed in July of this year to improve the nation’s tr... Read more »

Rep. Porter Sounds Alarm on Rollback of Protections Against Abusive Debt Collection Practices

| Posted in Press Releases

Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today called out the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for rolling back protections that prevent debt collectors from harassing Americans. She was joined in her effort by 65 Members of Congress. “Debt collectors today use the exact same excuses I heard from mortgage lenders in the years leading up to the financial crisis, and we know how that turned out... Read more »

With Rep. Porter Support, House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect Financial Institutions that Service State-Legal Marijuana Businesses

| Posted in Press Releases

With support from Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45), the House of Representatives today passed a bipartisan bill to protect banks and credit unions serving marijuana business in states where cannabis is legal. The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act includes an amendment from Porter clarifying that these protections are provided to new financial institutions, who may otherwise be hesit... Read more »

Rep. Porter Hears from Community Leaders on Census Efforts in Orange County

| Posted in Press Releases

IRVINE – Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today held a roundtable with federal, state, and local entities and with community groups to coordinate efforts to ensure a fair count of Orange County residents in the 2020 census. “We need all hands on deck to make sure everyone is counted in Orange County,” Congresswoman Porter said. “I was glad to see so many community leaders come together to work t... Read more »

Rep. Porter Calls for Investigation into Dialysis Industry Practices

| Posted in Press Releases

Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today called on a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) watchdog to investigate dialysis providers and patient advocacy groups that are putting patients’ lives at risk and increasing the cost of care for taxpayers. Porter requested additional oversight after hearing complaints that patients were being pushed toward more expensive insurance options to incr... Read more »

CNN: Katie Porter isn't part of 'The Squad.' But the freshman House Democrat is stirring up trouble for Trump

| Posted in In the News

Washington (CNN) - When Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election, a California law professor named Katie Porter -- who had been expecting to join Clinton's transition team to advise on housing policy -- thought she would sit the next four years out of government. She figured she'd wind up working for Elizabeth Warren, her former Harvard law school professor, or Kamala Harris, who in 20... Read more »