US Representative Katie Porter Visits Greater Irvine Chamber

Friday, August 02, 2019

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U.S. Representative Katie Porter (CA-45) visited the Greater Irvine Chamber two consecutive days, July 30 and Aug. 1. During her first visit, Rep. Porter held a roundtable discussion with regional community, business, and faith leaders on the topic the Complete Count Census Committee, a national initiative with local action aimed at counting historically and potentially underreported populations in the 2020 U.S. census.

The United State Census is performed every 10 years to count the number of persons, of all ages, in the U.S.  Its mission is mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution and is meant to be completely non-political.  Accurate counts are vitally important for access to federal funding for infrastructure, funding for education, and for accurate representation in Congress, among other things.

The following day at the Government Affairs Committee meeting, Rep. Porter provided updates from her first six months in Washington D.C. 

“Having Congresswoman Porter visit with community and business leaders at the Chamber was a demonstration of her commitment to the district she serves and the city she calls home,” said Bryan Starr, president and CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber. “We are fortunate and proud to work with Congresswoman Porter as she represents Irvine residents and the business community in Washington, D.C.”

Rep. Porter discussed her role on the Financial Services Committee, which covers Export /Import Bank, terrorism risk insurance, national flood insurance reauthorization, credit card interchange fees, the impact of AI, and the risk of data breach. She elaborated on creating and sustaining a strong, healthy economy, protecting the building blocks of capitalism, and job growth.

“Creating jobs and opportunities for families, that’s really what all of the work that business owners are doing. It’s about contributing to the entire economic chain, down to making sure every family, every child in this country will have a high paying job waiting for them when they are ready,” she said.

During the meeting, Representative Porter expressed interest in partnering with the Chamber and other organizations to work toward securing an independent metropolitan statistical area (MSA) for Orange County and its 3.1 million residents.

For more information about the Greater Irvine Chamber’s work in government affairs and how to become involved, contact Whit Peterson.

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