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 GillibrandSanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial Overnight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 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 CapitoDemocrat Richard Ojeda announces Senate bid after dropping out of presidential race Spending bill to address miners' health care, pensions Manchin warns he'll slow-walk government funding bill until he gets deal on miners legislation MORE (R-W.V.) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzUS officials, world leaders arrive in Israel for World Holocaust Forum  Appropriators fume over reports of Trump plan to reprogram .2 billion for wall American Cancer Society says Trump doesn't get credit for drop in cancer deaths 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: Kansas leaders reach deal to expand Medicaid | California to launch own prescription drug label | Dem senator offers bill banning e-cigarette flavors A solemn impeachment day on Capitol Hill Overnight 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 MORE (D-Fla.), Rep. Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsHaaland, Davids included in 'Jeopardy' clue for historic first as Native American congresswomen The Hill's Morning Report - Vulnerable Dems are backing Trump impeachment Vulnerable Democrats signal support for impeachment articles this week 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-CortezSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Impeachment trial forces senators to scrap fundraisers Ocasio-Cortez knocks Biden: He 'helped sell the invasion of Iraq' and 'spent years working to cut Social Security' 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) LoveThe biggest political upsets of the decade Former GOP lawmaker: Trump's tweets have to stop Congressional Women's Softball team releases roster 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.