FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers testify before the Senate intelligence committee.
Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer discuss the deal that will end the government shutdown as they walk into the Senate Chamber.
Senator Jeff Flake answers questions from reporters in the U.S. Capitol Building.
A disabled protester is removed from a Senate Finance Committee meeting as senators were set to talk about about the economic ramifications of the Graham-Cassidy bill.
Federal Reserve Chairwoman, Janet Yellen, gives her final scheduled testimony to House leaders.
Senator Al Franken during a Senate Intelligence meeting.
Senator Rand Paul waits in the Face the Nation greenroom.
Representative Michele Bachmann speaks to the press during a healthcare protest outside of the U.S. Capitol Building.
Representative Nancy Pelosi talks with members of the press about the government shutdown.
The Capitol Rotunda is empty during the government shutdown.
Senators Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins talk with reporters about the deal made to reopen the government.
Retired Army Major Michelle Dyarman finally recieves a Purple Heart medal for the head trauma injuries she sustained while deployed in Iraq. For years the Army denyed Purple Hearts to soldiers who suffered seviere comcussions.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley, at podium, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and Rep. Linda Sanchez,hold a news conference to kick off the annual Democrat retreat, while Nancy Pelosi, delivers the longest-continuous speech in House history.
Sonia Sotomayor during her confermaton hearings to be a Supreme Court Justice.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies to congress.
The Capitol Building in the late afternoon.
Senator Orin Hatch stands with his wife, Elaine, while he is sworn by Vice-President Joe Biden.
Illinois Representative Tim Johnson works the phone and walks the halls of the Capitol Building.
Members of the House of Representatives huddle in the corner of Statuary Hall.
An officier of the Capitol Police shakes hands with an Occupy protest on Capitol Hill.
Making the Sauage
“Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made." - John Godfrey Saxe, lawyer & poet.
The political process is rarely smooth but it is alway fascinating to watch.