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A Fresh Perspective: Lessons From a Crazy Congress

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Friday, Jul. 18 2:00 PM

Ends: Friday, Jul. 18 2:45 PM

Room: 140 AB

From endless Obamacare repeal votes to the IRS “scandal” to the disgusting politicization of Benghazi, the 113th Congress has been a sight to behold. Hear from two progressive Members of Congress serving their first term on how they persevered to move the ball forward on progressive issues despite a conservative majority bent on picking useless political fights. Come to this panel for an inside look at how progressives are fighting the good fight in this House of Representatives—and what it will take to break through and win on important issues.

Moderator

Sabrina Siddiqui

Sabrina Siddiqui

Sabrina Siddiqui is a politics reporter at the Huffington Post, where she covers Capitol Hill. Prior to that, she worked with the White House team at Bloomberg News and served as the editor in chief of South Asian news network Divanee.com. In addition to her work in journalism, Ms. Siddiqui served as a research associate at the National Pharmaceutical Council for three years. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2008.

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Panelists

Rep. Dan Kildee

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Congressman Kildee represents Michigan’s Fifth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, including the people of Flint, Saginaw and Bay City.

He serves as a member of the House Financial Services Committee, as well as the House Budget Committee. Additionally, he is the freshman representative on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

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Rep. Alan Lowenthal

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Congressman Lowenthal is currently the U.S. House Representative of California’s newly-created 47th Congressional District, which includes portions of Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood, Cypress, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Garden Grove, Westminster, Stanton, and Buena Park.

The Congressman is a member of the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Rep. Mark Takano

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Congressman Takano represents California’s 41st District in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the people of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Perris.

He serves as a member on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee as well as the House Education and Workforce Committee.

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