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 GillibrandAdvocacy groups decry Trump's 'anti-family policies' ahead of White House summit This bipartisan plan is the most progressive approach to paid parental leave Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' 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 CapitoManchin warns he'll slow-walk government funding bill until he gets deal on miners legislation GOP senators unveil bill to expand 'opportunity zone' reporting requirements ICE emerges as stumbling block in government funding talks MORE (R-W.V.) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzOn The Money: Trump signs short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown | Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 | California high court strikes down law targeting Trump tax returns Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families 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 — Presented by That's Medicaid — House panel unveils rival fix for surprise medical bills | Democrats punt vote on youth vaping bill | Pelosi drug bill poised for passage after deal with progressives House Democrats to vote on flavored e-cigarettes ban next year Ways and Means Committee announces rival surprise medical billing fix MORE (D-Fla.), Rep. Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsVulnerable Democrats feel heat ahead of impeachment vote Sharice Davids to vote for Trump impeachment articles: 'The facts are uncontested' Warren adds Ayanna Pressley as campaign co-chair 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-CortezThe Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Tucker Carlson as 'white supremacist sympathizer' Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' 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.