A protestor shouts, "Torture is immoral," while being removed from the hearing room by Capitol Police before the start of Gina Haspel's conformation hearing.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifing before the House Appropriations Committee.
(From left) FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, and 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.
Sen. Jeff Flake answers questions from reporters in the U.S. Capitol Building.
A protester is removed from a Senate Finance Committee meeting as senators talk about about the economic ramifications of the Graham-Cassidy bill.
Lord Mayor Dr. Klaus Weichel of Kaiserslautern, Germany meets with a member of Congress. The U.S. Army Garrison at Kaiserslautern is the largest American military community outside the United States with more than 50,000 US citizens, Dr. Weichel visits congress annually to keep lines of communication open.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gives her final scheduled testimony to House leaders.
Sen. Al Franken listens during a Senate intelligence meeting.
Sen. Rand Paul waits in the Face the Nation greenroom.
Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks to the press during a health care demonstration outside the U.S. Capitol Building.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi talks with the press about the government shutdown.
The Capitol Rotunda stands empty during the government shutdown.
Senators Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins talk with reporters about the deal made to reopen the government.
Retired Army Maj. Michelle Dyarman finally recieves a Purple Heart medal for the head trauma injuries she sustained while deployed in Iraq. For years, the Army denied Purple Hearts to soldiers who suffered severe comcussions.
House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (at podium), Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, and Rep. Linda Sanchez hold a news conference to kick off the annual Democrats' retreat as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi delivers the longest continuous speech in House history.
Sonia Sotomayor sits during her confirmation hearings to be Supreme Court justice.
Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke testifies to Congress.
The Capitol Building in the late afternoon.
Sen. Orin Hatch stands with his wife, Elaine, as he is sworn by Vice-President Joe Biden.
Illinois Rep. Tim Johnson works the phone while walking the halls of the Capitol Building.
Members of the House of Representatives huddle in the corner of Statuary Hall.
An officer 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.