The First 100 Days

Dear Friend,

Today marks the 100th day of my second term in Congress. I want to share some highlights of what my team and I have accomplished for Orange County families so far. I have introduced 10 bills, including legislation to hold polluters accountable and to make health care cheaper. I have also led 13 letters demanding answers on behalf of the American people—writing to big insurance companies, the Biden Administration, and Congressional leadership.

Getting Orange County families the help they need to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be my top priority. I am thrilled to share that in just the past three months, our team has helped nearly 400 families get answers from federal agencies and recover nearly $300,000 in money they were owed by the government. Anyone in our community needing help with a federal agency should never hesitate to contact our office for assistance.

I’m so proud of what our team has accomplished so far this Congress, and I look forward to continuing to work hard for Orange County families.

I was proud the Orange County Register recognized me as the “most legislatively productive representative” when it comes to coronavirus relief. Health care costs are out of control, and I’m fighting to rein them in. I introduced the bipartisan Medicare Economic Security Solutions Act to protect older Americans from surprise Medicare penalties. In response to credit agencies targeting families with medical debt during a pandemic, I reintroduced the Medical Debt Relief Act. This bill would remove paid off or settled medical debt from a patient’s credit report and institute a year-long waiting period before new medical debt can be reported. I also called on health insurers to guarantee that they will not charge Americans for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Although vaccine distribution has given us a light at the end of the tunnel, many of our neighbors and loved ones are struggling to cope with prolonged isolation and stress. That is why I introduced the bipartisan Stopping the Mental Health Pandemic Act, which would expand mental health care options. We must continue to advocate for treatment that meets the needs of patients.

As we work to rebuild our economy, it is essential that we help working families get back on their feet. After my office released a report exposing the record number of women who have been pushed out of the workforce since the start of the pandemic due to caregiving responsibilities, I introduced the Family Savings for Kids and Seniors Act to help families pay for childcare. I am also proud to have ignited a national conversation about unfair penalties against single parent families in our tax code. Children should not have less opportunity for nutritious food and quality housing because of the marital status of their parents.

I am truly honored to serve you, and I am excited for what my team and I will continue to accomplish this Congress to better the lives of Orange County families. Our work would not be possible without thoughtful engagement with people in our community. I invite you to stay connected by contacting our office or attending an upcoming virtual town hall. To stay up to date on how I’m representing you and California’s 45th District, please follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @RepKatiePorter.

          Very truly yours,
          Katie Porter
          Member of Congress