Senator Bob Corker outside the Senate Chamber on Friday, December 21st, 2019, just hours before the government shutdown.
Senator Mitch McConnell makes his way to the Senate Chamber.
Senator Marco Rubio takes questions from the press.
Senator Bob Corker talks to the press in the halls of the U.S. Capitol building.
Senator Dick Durbin talks with Senator Lindsey Graham before the start of the second of confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh.
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley opens the second day of the confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh.
Two protestors interrupt the confirmation hearing and is taken out of the room by Capital Police.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh
Senator Chuck Grassley
Brett Kavanaugh holds a copy of the U.S. Constitution during his confirmation hearing.
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.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi talks with the press about the government shutdown.
The Capitol Rotunda stands empty during the government shutdown.
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.
“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.