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. Anthony Brindisi Urges Feds to Help New York State Cover Coronavirus Health Costs

Rep Anthony Brindis is is urging President Trump to approve funding that would help support health initiatives in New York state.  Brindisi, alongside Rep. John Katko (R-NY), sent President Trump a letter urging him to approve a 100% federal cost share for assistance provided under New York’s “Major Disaster Declaration” at the start of the...

Rep. Tom Malinowski
Rep. Malinowski Bill Would Give Landowners Another Chance Against ‘Eminent Domain’

Rep. Tom Malinkowski (D-N.J.) wants to make sure landowners are able to use their legal rights when energy companies try to build on their property. In May, Malinowski introduced a bill that would give people the chance to have a final appeal heard by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) before construction begins.  This would...

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With People Outdoors Due to Coronavirus, Rep. Torres Small Introduces Bill to Invest in Public Lands

As more people rely on outdoor activities to get out during the coronavirus pandemic, Rep. Xochitl Torres Small introduced legislation to address maintenance and funding issues that will help support the health of public lands.  The legislation aims to help land management agencies catch up on all the maintenance projects they have planned. It will...

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Delgado-Backed Bill To Get Small Businesses Loan Forgiveness Becomes Law

Bipartisan legislation backed by Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-N.Y.) to make it easier for farms and small businesses to receive financial assistance from the Paycheck Protection Program during the coronavirus pandemic just became law.   The PPP will provide businesses in need with loans of up to $10 million, according to a statement from Delgado. The PPP...

Rep. Tom Malinowski
Rep. Malinowski Calls on Congress to Help First Responders during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) has called on Congress to provide federal aid to local and state governments, in an effort to help them cover the cost for essential workers and first responders like firefighters, police officers and teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  “The HEROES Act would provide $75 billion to help our states conduct the...

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Rep. Axne Wants Improvements to How Americans Are Getting Federal Aid During Pandemic

Rep. Cindy Axne wants the Treasury to improve how Americans get stimulus checks from the federal government.  Axne sent a letter to Treasury and the IRS, urging the departments to make improvements to the communication, distribution and financial costs related to sending payments as prepaid debit cards.  “While we understand that sending prepaid debit cards...

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Rep. Cisneros Wants to See Business Insurance That Works During a Pandemic

Rep. Gil Cisneros (D-Calif.) wants small businesses to be protected in case a future pandemic strikes. To do that, Cisneros signed on to support the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act, which would give businesses coverage during moments of disruption, like the current pandemic, or any future public health emergency.  The new legislation would create a system...