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Katie Porter Is a Politician Progressives Should Fight For


This past week, Representative Katie Porter (D-Calif.) lost her seat on the House Financial Services Committee. As Naked Capitalism ’s Yves Smith observed, this brought “joy and gratitude to every crooked bankster on Wall Street.”

According to The Hill , House Democratic leaders rejected Porter’s request to serve on the Financial Services panel and two other committees simultaneously. Porter apparently asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about rejoining Financial Services on a waiver.

She was denied, even while, as Porter tweeted, “others in same situ got waivers. I did not. I play by the rules.” Porter will hold onto her seat on the Oversight Committee and join the Natural Resources Committee; she is also deputy of the House Progressive Caucus.

The first and at present still the only single mother raising young kids while serving in Congress, Porter won a close race in 2018 that ended 36 straight years of Republican representation in her district.

And she didn’t accomplish this by running to the center—in fact, Porter got her start in politics by working with […]

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