Congressional Women's Softball team releases roster
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The Congressional Women's Softball team has released its 2019 roster, with just over a month left until the annual face-off with members of the media. 

Among the returning players on the 17-member team is 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand2020 Presidential Candidates Krystal Ball: Yang campaign a 'triumph of substance over the theatre' Three 2020 candidates have missed about half of Senate votes MORE (D-N.Y.), who will step out on the field again this year as one of the team’s captains.

Other veteran competitors include Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoGaetz: Some lawmakers reviewed transcript at White House On The Money: Trump takes aim at China in UN address | Consumer confidence fell as trade tensions rose | Senate proposes billion for Trump border wall Senate proposes billion for Trump border wall MORE (R-W.V.) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzDeLauro enters race to succeed Lowey as Appropriations chief Democrats walk tightrope in fight over Trump wall funds Parkland father: Twitter did not suspend users who harassed me using name of daughter's killer MORE (D-Fla.), who founded the charity game in 2009.

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A number of rookies will step up to bat this year, such as Rep. Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaOvernight Health Care: Watchdog finds DEA allowed more opioids even as overdose deaths rose | Judge temporarily blocks Georgia abortion law | Three states report more vaping deaths | Dem proposes new fix for surprise medical bills Centrist Democrats fret over impeachment gamble Pelosi announces launch of formal impeachment inquiry into Trump MORE (D-Fla.), Rep. Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsHere are the Democrats who aren't co-sponsoring an assault weapons ban Centrist House Democrats press for committees to follow pay-go rule Ocasio-Cortez chief of staff to leave her office MORE (D-Kan.) and Del. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico). 

“We congressional women are in a league of our own, and I’m proud to continue keeping this tradition of bipartisanship, camaraderie, and friendly competition alive for a great cause,” Capito said in a statement.

Gillibrand tweeted in January that she recruited Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezObamas' first Netflix project nominated for Critics' Choice Documentary Awards Sanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Democrat launches primary challenge to Ocasio-Cortez MORE (D-N.Y.), but the congresswoman is not on the roster.

The annual tradition pits bipartisan lawmakers against the Bad News Babes, a team made up of members of the press, and serves as a fundraiser for breast cancer survivors. Since its inception, the game has raised more than $1.3 million for the Young Survival Coalition, which is dedicated to young adults with breast cancer, according to a release.

"As a breast cancer survivor, I know firsthand the importance of education and outreach that informs women 45 and younger about their breast cancer risks, and empowers them to speak up for their health and fight this deadly disease," Wasserman Schultz said in the news release. "It’s an important and special opportunity to build camaraderie as women in support of one another that we look forward to each year.”

For the past three years, the press team has walked away as the winner, but with a field of new faces, the congresswomen could give them a run for their money. However, the lawmakers’ squad will have to bounce back from the loss of its MVP, former Utah Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveFormer GOP lawmaker: Trump's tweets have to stop Congressional Women's Softball team releases roster The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority MORE (R), who lost her reelection race in the midterms.

“The Congressional Women’s Softball Game is the best night of the year in Washington," Gillibrand wrote in a statement. "It brings together Democrats, Republicans, Congress, and the press, for two amazing causes: helping an important charity for women breast cancer survivors, and beating the Bad News Babes!”

The two teams will play ball on June 19.