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 GillibrandIntelligence leaders warn of threats from China, domestic terrorism Jon Stewart accuses VA of being 'an obstacle' to burn pits medical care Family policy that could appeal to the right and the left 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 CapitoOn The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump official delayed releasing information on cancer-linked chemical in Illinois: watchdog | Advocacy groups say tech giants need to 'step it up' on sustainability |  GOP senator: Raising corporate taxes is a 'non-starter' Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats MORE (R-W.V.) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzFlorida Democrats call for DOJ investigation of state Senate races Democrats urge FDA to clear market of all flavored e-cigarettes DeSantis threatens to divert vaccines from communities criticizing distribution 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 ShalalaBiden under pressure to spell out Cuba policy It's time for a second Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health Biden's new challenge: Holding Trump accountable MORE (D-Fla.), Rep. Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsIs nonpartisan effectiveness still possible? Biden to meet with bipartisan lawmakers on infrastructure When infrastructure fails 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-CortezA proposal to tackle congressional inside trading: Invest in the US Biden angers Democrats by keeping Trump-era refugee cap Omar: 'Shameful' Biden reneging on refugee promise 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) LoveVoters elected a record number of Black women to Congress this year — none were Republican Democrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains McAdams concedes to Owens in competitive Utah district 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.