Twenty for 2020: The Work of a Freshman Democrat

Congratulations, you just got elected to Congress. Now what?

Our series, Twenty for 2020, helps illustrate the “what” beyond what many think is the job of member of Congress.

We’re following twenty freshman Democrats as they navigate their roles in the House. Stick with us as we follow their triumphs, challenges, and all the events that typically don’t make national news but do have an effect on the lives of those they represent. Read more here.


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Rep. Harley Rouda Highlights Importance of ACA During Pandemic

California Rep. Harley Rouda marked the tenth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act this week by highlighting how important expanded insurance access is in the middle of the novel coronavirus pandemic. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, people without health insurance are less likely to seek medical help than people who are insured. And experts...

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Rep. Xochitl Torres-Small Has a Plan to Make Imports Safer

New Mexico Rep. Xochitl Torres-Small’s bill would require all cargo at land ports to be scanned with “non-intrusive inspection technology.”

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Rep. Lauren Underwood Hosts Virtual Town Hall to Help Small Businesses During Pandemic

Reviews how to access federal disaster loan program Illinois Rep. Lauren Underwood held a Facebook Live session with Robert Steiner,  the Illinois district director of the Small Business Administration, to let businesses in her district know what resources are available to help them stay afloat during the pandemic. “As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread...

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During Self Quarantine, Rep. Anthony Brindisi Holds Tele-Town Hall for Constituents

New York Rep. Anthony Brindisi held a tele-town hall with a panel of medical experts Thursday night to give constituents an opportunity to learn more about government activity and ask questions.  The remote town hall meeting was conducted over the phone, and included Dr. Stephen Thomas from SUNY Upstate Hospital, and Dr. Andrew Bushnell of...

National Guard personnel march in formation as they leave duty after working Thursday, March 19, 2020, at a state-managed coronavirus drive-through testing site that just opened on Staten Island in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
The National Guard Doesn’t Get the Same Hazard Pay as Active Duty Members. Rep. Andy Kim Wants to Change That.

Thousands of National Guard members have been deployed to help with efforts to fight the novel coronavirus. Rep. Andy Kim wants to make sure all members of the military get hazard duty pay, including Guard and Reserve service members. According to Kim’s office, Guard and Reserve members get just 1/30th of the hazard duty incentive...

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Rep. Elissa Slotkin Pushes For More PFAS Testing in Small Communities

At high levels, PFAS chemicals can lead to reproductive problems, certain cancers and increased cholesterol. Michigan Rep Elissa Slotkin has asked her colleagues to do more when it comes to eradicating harmful chemicals from her community. Slotkin testified at the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment in March to push for funding to test...

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Rep. Andy Kim Wants Federal Government to Step Up Help to Fight Coronavirus

Rep. Andy Kim called on President Donald Trump to use powers outlined in the Defense Production Act to help address medical supply shortages as hospitals battle the novel coronavirus.