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Historic Day: Two Iowans Start Work in D.C. But Chaos Threatens To Get In Way

WASHINGTON, DC  --Two Iowa women joined a record number of women in Congress on Thursday. They will have to deal with the chaos in Washington, D.C. That includes the partial government shutdown that resulted from the dispute between the previous Congress and President Donald Trump, who insists on funding for a border wall on the southern edge of the United States.

U.S. Representative Cindy Axne, a West Des Moines Democrat in the Third Congressional District, and U.S. Representative Abby Finkenauer, a Dubuque Democrat in the First Congressional District, got sworn in as the first Iowa women to serve in the U.S. House.

They found that navigating their way through Congress is a challenge.

Axne and Finkenauer have already formed a bond during their 2018 campaigns.