Government Accountability

Rep. Porter, Unite Here Local 11 Demand Oversight of $63 Million in Taxpayer Dollars Going to Hotel Conglomerate

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U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) and Unite Here Local 11, a union comprising more than 32,000 service workers in Southern California and Arizona, today called for critical oversight of millions of forgivable loans given to Columbia Sussex through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). In a letter to Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza, the Congresswoman and Unite Here Local 11 dema... Read more »

Protecting Our Democracy

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Dear friend, Holding our government accountable has long been one of my top priorities in Congress. This requires working with my colleagues to craft policy that will increase transparency and accountability across the three branches of our government. Last month, we introduced the Protecting our Democracy Act, a comprehensive bill that would do just that. This important legislation is a direct re... Read more »

Rep. Porter Announces Over $2.5 Billion in Federal COVID Relief Loans Awarded to Businesses in Her District

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today released data showing that California’s 45th district received nearly $2.6 billion in relief through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Also according to the data, over 20,000 Orange County businesses got help from this program. The Small Business Administration has yet to disclose data on which businesses received funds and in what amounts. “The corona... Read more »

Vox: Rep. Katie Porter quizzed the postmaster general about the mail. He didn’t do great.

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified before the House Oversight Committee Monday that he came to the United States Postal Service to apply his experience in logistics to help the USPS “grow and evolve in the path of sustainability.” But during the hearing, he revealed that he’s still a tad unfamiliar with the agency he is set to reform. That came out in questioning from Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA... Read more »

Rep. Porter Secures Consumer Protection, Pentagon Oversight Provisions in House-Passed National Defense Bill

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The House of Representatives has passed a key defense bill with five amendments by Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45), including provisions to strengthen Pentagon oversight, increase consumer protections for servicemembers, and study risks to national security posed by social media companies. These amendments were accepted on a broad bipartisan basis and included in the National Defense Authorizat... Read more »

Reps. Porter, Lofgren, and Chu Push to Expand Language Assistance for California Voters with Limited English Proficiency

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U.S. Representative Katie Porter (CA-45), Committee on House Administration Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chairwoman Judy Chu (CA-27), today urged California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to help voters get the in-language materials and language assistance they’ll need this fall. The Congresswomen led more than twenty of their California colleagu... Read more »

Reps. Porter, Speier, and Rooney Launch Bipartisan Effort to Ramp Up Accountability for the Pentagon

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WASHINGTON—Representatives Katie Porter (CA-45), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Francis Rooney (FL-19) announced a bipartisan proposal yesterday that would increase public accountability for the Pentagon. Their measure requires the Department of Defense to put all unclassified reports on a publicly accessible website. Each year, the Pentagon is required to report on dozens of topics ranging from proje... Read more »

Rep. Porter, Sen. Harris Blast Trump Administration for Hiding Data on Small Business Grants

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) and U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (CA) today blasted the Trump Administration for withholding information from the public about a $650 billion program intended to support small businesses. The two demanded release of data about who is receiving forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and in what amounts. “Millions of Americans ... Read more »

Rep. Porter, Sen. Harris Demand Better Oversight of Coronavirus Bailout Money

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) and U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (CA) today called on Congressional leadership to remove a roadblock hampering oversight of taxpayer dollars going to large corporations. In a letter, Porter and Harris urged leaders of both parties to quickly appoint a Chairperson of the Congressional Oversight Commission, which oversees a $500 billion fund for ba... Read more »

Rep. Porter Introduces Bill to Increase Accountability for Small Business Relief Loans

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced legislation to increase transparency and accountability for a loan program aimed at providing relief for small businesses feeling the squeeze during the coronavirus pandemic. Her bill would require all loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to be made public. “The PPP is the last line of defense for millions of American work... Read more »