Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) is just finishing up her first term in the House of Representatives, but the freshman representative is already well-established on Capitol Hill.
Porter is known across the country for her tactics during meetings of the House Financial Services Committee, where her sensible yet relentless line of questioning often forces everyone from billionaire CEOs to high-level pharmaceutical executives to acknowledge the economic hardships faced by their employees.
Now, with nearly 300 thousand Americans dead and millions more unemployed in the wake of the pandemic, Americans across the country are calling on Congress to sign a significant stimulus bill to keep them afloat. The Democratic-led House has passed multiple stimulus bills, but they've collected dust on the desk of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
McConnell's has refused to consider any bill that doesn't offer broad liability protections for companies whose employees contract the virus while at work due to insufficient safety measures. Democrats are unwilling to consider these protections, believing they prioritize profit over the safety of workers.
In a recent Twitter thread, Porter detailed McConnell's various tactics for kneecapping pandemic relief legislation in an eye-opening Twitter thread.
Porter skewered McConnell for his insistence on liability protections for businesses at the expense of the workers their negligence harmed.
People agreed that McConnell's priorities were severely deranged.
The relief we’re negotiating for impacts real, hardworking families struggling to make it through this pandemic. An… https://t.co/GzAs47U0h2— Rep. Jared Huffman (@Rep. Jared Huffman)1607541036.0
@RepKatiePorter Mitch the Grim Reaper wants to protect companies and not lives. The Democrats are trying to stop hi… https://t.co/M0LvKavzGy— Qondi 💛 🐝 🇺🇸🇿🇦🇿🇼 (@Qondi 💛 🐝 🇺🇸🇿🇦🇿🇼)1607483124.0
@RepKatiePorter What people fail to understand is that McConnell enjoys watching people suffer. He is drunk on powe… https://t.co/LK6tA4HUwd— Bewitching Tales 🐝 (@Bewitching Tales 🐝)1607482747.0
@RepKatiePorter Hold out against this bill rider for as long as you can. It is outrageous to extort from the Ameri… https://t.co/eVFq7iyjdj— Chris C - Vaccinate + Ventilate + MaskUp (@Chris C - Vaccinate + Ventilate + MaskUp)1607481758.0
@RepKatiePorter It's always about his corporate backers. Despicable https://t.co/ESC44Uq0Cp— KathyRangel Resists🇺🇸 (@KathyRangel Resists🇺🇸)1607483550.0
They thanked Porter for her rebuke of the Majority Leader.
@RepKatiePorter Thank you for bringing this to the attention of the American people. This needs to be heard. I ho… https://t.co/DhYIgNIP4k— Mary S (@Mary S)1607480977.0
@RepKatiePorter Thank you Katie. Mitch McConnell really doesn't care about us, he cares only for himself and the co… https://t.co/zSUZJzRoPJ— Nancy 'No Justice No Peace' Cuene 🇺🇸 (@Nancy 'No Justice No Peace' Cuene 🇺🇸)1607479434.0
📌Very simply, Rep. Katie Porter is EVERYTHING you could want in a public servant. https://t.co/BUvdLYl47C— D. Earl Stephens ✍️ (@D. Earl Stephens ✍️)1607528190.0
Next month, Porter will begin her second term in the House of Representatives.