Freshmen House Dems cut different paths across Capitol Hill

In this Jan. 16, 2019, photo, freshman Congressmen led by Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., center, walk through the Capitol Rotunda as they deliver a letter calling to an end to the government shutdown to the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Also pictured is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., center left, Rep. Veronica Escobar, second from left, and at front left Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn. Two weeks into their congressional careers, newly elected House Democrats are cutting different paths on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) –The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — One group went to the White House with Republicans to talk about border security and reopening shuttered parts of the government.

Another, led by social media stars, marched around Capitol Hill in a widely-posted but futile search for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — hashtag #WheresMitch.

The Democrats’ two paths within a 12-hour stretch this week demonstrated the dramatic differences emerging among members of the historic freshman class of House Democrats that — together — helped flip the House from Republican control in November’s elections. The celebrity-studded group includes a record number of women, a new crop of veterans and diversity never before seen in Congress.

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