Government Accountability

Porter, Rose Introduce Bill to Bring Transparency, Accountability to Administration Family Members and Root Out Corruption

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) and Congressman Max Rose (NY-11) introduced the Transparency in Executive Branch Officials’ Finances Act as part of their continued efforts to root out corruption in Washington by requiring additional accountability and transparency measures for political appointees and direct family members of the President and Vice President. “This should not be a controversial... Read more »

Rep. Porter Continues Fighting for Trump Administration Transparency

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today called out the Trump Administration’s inadequate response to oversight efforts demanding transparency from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In July, Rep. Porter sent a letter to EPA expressing alarm about a new regulation that would make it easier for polluters to overturn environmental protections in secret, without transparency for the public. T... 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 and Chairman Connolly Seek Answers on Trump Administration’s 99% Denial Rate for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Applications

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) and Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Chairman of the Government Operations subcommittee, today demanded answers from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos following a recent report that the Department, under her leadership, has denied 99 percent of public service workers the debt relief that they earned. Porter was joined in her request by 46 House colleagues. “T... Read more »

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

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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 »

Rep. Porter Leads New Oversight Effort on Dialysis Treatment Options

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) and Congressman Bobby Rush (IL-1) today called on the Trump Administration to consider the impact of both current and future policies on populations receiving dialysis treatment. They were joined by fourteen of their colleagues in their oversight letter sent to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS... Read more »

Rep. Porter Leads California Colleagues in Effort to Prevent Students from Losing Federal Aid

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today led 18 of her House colleagues to call on the U.S. Department of Education not to withhold federal student aid from Californians receiving online education offered by out-of-state institutions. The Department had previously threatened to pull aid from California students, but the state proposed a new plan to comply with the Department’s newly implemented re... Read more »

Rep. Porter Sounds Alarm on Lack of Transparency in Trump Administration’s New Regulation

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today called out the Trump Administration’s lack of transparency in implementing a new regulation that would make it easier for polluters to overturn environmental protections in secret, without transparency for the public. The new rule, which would allow political appointees, rather than civil servants, at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review publ... Read more »

Rep. Porter Introduces Legislation to Promote Oversight of Student Loan Servicers

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) along with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) today introduced legislation to protect student borrowers and increase transparency and accountability within the student loan servicing industry. The CFPB Student Loan Integrity & Transparency Act of 2019 would strengthen the oversight abilities of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s student loan omb... Read more »

Rep. Katie Porter Introduces Bill to Make It Easier for Working Parents to Run for Office

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) has introduced legislation that would explicitly allow campaign funds to pay for childcare expenses, making it easier for working parents to run for elected office. She also pushed for the inclusion of similar language in H.R. 1, the House Democrats’ historic electoral and campaign finance reform legislation, which passed the House floor today. “As a single worki... Read more »