‘Congress wasn’t built for members like me’

It didn’t take long for Katie Porter to collide with the reality of serving in Congress as a single mother of three.

First the newly-elected Democrat from California had to scramble to line up babysitting so she could make it cross-country for freshman orientation. Then, within hours of arriving in D.C., two sessions were scheduled simultaneously: One was the first meeting of the newly-empowered Democratic Caucus; the other, intended for spouses, offered tips on how to be a supportive parent to children of lawmakers.

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