Why Rep. Jennifer Wexton Wants to End Shutdowns for Good

After the longest government shutdown in American history finally ended last week, freshman Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) wants to make sure that it can never happen again. Wexton joins the pod this week to chat with Ed and Daniella about why she forced a vote on a resolution stating that “shutdowns are detrimental to the nation and should not occur” and about what she thought of some of the backlash the vote received. She also fills us in on what it has been like navigating the halls of Congress as a freshman member during one of the most contentious periods that the Trump administration—and the country—has endured. Also, she really loves “The Wire.”

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Daniella Gibbs Legér is the senior vice president for Communications and Strategy at the Center for American Progress. Ed Chung is the vice president for Criminal Justice Reform at the Center. Rachel Rosen is the senior director of Broadcast Communications at the Center. Kyle Epstein is the media relations manager at the Center. Chris Ford is the broadcast coordinator at the Center.