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Urban Areas Seek Adequate Congressional Representation

Already underrepresented in Congress, cities face new challenges as their states redraw congressional districts in time for next year’s elections.

Cities currently face an uphill struggle in Congress:  while 28.2 percent of Americans live in urban areas, only 21.4 percent of congressional districts are primarily urban.

The challenges run several ways.  Some cities would like to remain whole, represented entirely by one member of Congress, while others do not object to being divided so that they have several members who might help address their needs.

Collectively, urban safety-net hospitals have a considerable stake in the both the quality and quantity of their representation in Congress.

Learn more about the issue in this New York Times articleUS Capitol Dome.

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