Government Accountability

Reps. Porter, LaMalfa Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Modernize Permitting Process

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This week, Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) and Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) introduced the Electronic Permitting Modernization Act to streamline the Department of Interior’s permitting process. Permission to use federal lands for various activities would be easier to acquire under the bipartisan bill, which establishes a centralized location to access each type of permit. “Inefficient,…

Reps. Porter, McClain Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Another Infant Formula Shortage Crisis

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Today, Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), the top Democrat on the Oversight Subcommittee on Health Care and Financial Services, and Chairwoman Lisa McClain (R-MI) introduced a bipartisan bill that would help prevent another infant formula crisis.  The Safeguarding Kids and Families from Critical Food Shortages Act would require formula manufacturers to report to the Food and Drug…

Rep. Porter Doubles Down on Increasing Accountability at the Pentagon

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Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) introduced a package of legislation to improve transparency in the military and protect servicemembers’ health and financial well-being. These bills were submitted for consideration as amendments to the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), but House Republicans blocked them from a vote on the floor. Five of the six legislative proposals…

Rep. Katie Porter Statement on FY2024 National Defense Authorization Act Vote

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) today released the following statement on her vote against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2024: “The House version of this year’s NDAA authorizes tens of billions more in spending than even our Department of Defense requested as necessary. When Congress continues to fund projects like a $750 million amphibious vessel that…

Rep. Porter Reintroduces Legislation to Boost Transparency When Elected Officials Travel

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) reintroduced her Transparency in Taxpayer-Funded Travel Act with Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) to expand disclosure requirements when Congressmembers travel using taxpayer dollars. Greater transparency into when, where, and why government officials travel would allow the American people to hold their representatives accountable for abusing official…

Rep. Porter Reintroduces Legislation to Show Americans How Congressmembers Spend Their Time

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) today announced the reintroduction of legislation to boost transparency in Congress by giving the American people more visibility into how elected officials use their time.  “Members of Congress are supposed to come to Washington to represent their communities, not special interests,” said Rep. Porter. “Americans deserve transparency when…

On Tax Day, Rep. Katie Porter Reintroduces Two Bills to Make Tax System Work Better for Americans

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As tax season winds down, Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) today reintroduced two bills to improve the efficiency of the tax system for Americans. The Trust in Government Act directs the Department of Treasury to expand electronic tax filing and offer support via email; the Streamlining IRS Operations Act requires that tax returns filed on paper can be readily digitized. Both bills are…

Rep. Katie Porter Statement on FY2023 NDAA

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) today released the following statement after voting no on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023: “This year’s NDAA takes important steps to pay our troops fairly and contains provisions I spearheaded to promote resiliency and sustainability in our military. I am committed to supporting our servicemembers with what they need…

New Rep. Katie Porter Bill Holds Government Accountable for Delivering Better Services to Americans

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA), Vice Chair of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations, today introduced legislation that would strengthen how the federal government interacts with the American public. The Trust in Government Act, which is co-led by Rep. Gerry Connolly, Chair of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, details specific requirements for…

Rep. Katie Porter Statement on Resolution to Honor Whistleblowers

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IRVINE—Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) today released the following statement after introducing a resolution to recognize July 30th as “National Whistleblower Day.”  “Whistleblowers play an invaluable role in rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse in government—and they must be protected. Congresswoman Jackie Speier and I are spearheading a resolution to recognize these brave and…