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The Congressional Football Game, In Photos
Members of Congress and former NFL players played Capitol Police officers

The Capitol Police team, known as the Guards, bested the Mean Machine, a team of members of Congress and former NFL players in a Wednesday evening matchup in Northeast Washington. This is the fourth win in a row for the officers’ team in a game that occurs every other year on non-election years.

Here’s the night in photos:

Photos of the Week: Health Care Pulled, Tax Overhaul Pitched and Scalise’s Return
The week of Sept. 25 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

This week in Washington all eyes were once again on Republican leadership. After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pulled the party’s latest health care plan from the chamber floor, the focus shifted to the tax overhaul plan. And, on a non-policy front, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., made an emotional return to the chamber yesterday (watch what his colleagues from both sides of the aisle had to say about his speech).

Photos of the Week: Health Care Dominates Senate While House Is Out
The week of Sept. 18 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

The Senate was in town for just a few days this week, while the House was recessed for a district work week and in observance of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah on Thursday and Friday.

Here's the short week in photos: 

An Immigrant’s Path to Congress: Ruben Kihuen’s First Year in Photos
Roll Call looks at the Nevada Democrat’s journey from the campaign trail to D.C.

Every two years, a new crop of freshmen descends on Washington and every two years, Roll Call follows one such member through their first year. 

For the 2016 election, Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen was one of only several Democrats to unseat a House Republican. His story is similar to those of millions of Americans — his family came to the U.S. seeking a better life — but on Nov. 8, 2016, he became the first formerly undocumented person to be elected to Congress (along with New York Democratic Rep. Adriano Espaillat, who was elected the same day). Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Kihuen’s dreams of playing professional soccer were dashed by an untimely injury. It was then that he turned his attention to politics. 

Photos of the Week: Schumer, Pelosi Center Stage, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Taxes
The week of Sept. 11 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

The week of Sept. 11 is coming to a close, and it was another eventful one. President Donald Trump dined on Wednesday with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, after which there was a debate about whether a deal was reached on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and border security.

“Hamilton” actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda was spotted several times on the Hill this week as he lobbied for arts funding. And discussions of a tax overhaul continued this week as it became clear the GOP wants to avoid another health care-like debacle

Photos of the Week: DACA Protests, Harvey Relief and Leadership Smiles and Frowns
The week of Sept. 5 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

Congress returned from its August recess to a short but dramatic week. President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced his decision to end a program that shielded from deportation undocumented individuals who were brought to the United States as children. Protests erupted around the nation, including in front of the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Also this week, Congress considered a Hurricane Harvey relief package, which made headlines Wednesday afternoon after Trump struck a deal with Democratic leaders to attach certain provisions to that measure.

Roll Call on the Road: Recess 2017 From New York to Phoenix
August recess has not slowed down Roll Call’s photographers

Roll Call’s photographers followed Congress out of town this recess. From a protest outside a President Donald Trump rally in Phoenix to Trump Tower in New York to a town hall — and another protest — in Pennsylvania, Roll Call hit the road this August to capture life outside the Beltway.

Eclipse Day in Photos: D.C. and N.C. Residents Look Up to the Sun
An eclipse was on the minds of most American residents on this Monday

Roll Call’s photographers caught the eclipse and the event’s spectators in two different locations on Monday. Tom Williams traveled to Sylva, N.C.,  in the path of totality. And Bill Clark stuck close to Roll Call’s home and captured moments as congressmen, reporters, congressional staffers and other Hill personnel ventured out on the Capitol steps and plaza to catch a glimpse of the historic event. 

Here’s the day in photos:

Photos: In Alabama Senate Special Election, Candidates Try to Stand Out
The primary to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions is slated for August 15

The special elections are continuing in 2017. Up next is the special election to fill the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The primary is Tuesday, Aug. 15. The seat is currently held by GOP Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill the vacancy earlier this year. 

In the crowded GOP field of nine candidates, the top three contenders are Strange, Roy Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice and Rep. Mo Brooks

Blame It on the Rain: House Departs for August Recess
A rainy last session day in D.C. as captured by Roll Call’s Bill Clark

While the Senate is scheduled to stay on in Washington for at least another few days to take care of legislative business, House lawmakers on Friday finished up their final votes ahead of the summer recess.

And it was just in time, too, as heavy downpours hit the nation’s capital, with a D.C. area flash flood watch in effect through Saturday afternoon.

Beds Are Ready for Senate’s Long Night on Health Care
Votes are expected to go into the early hours of Friday

The cots are out in the Capitol.

Ahead of the Senate’s expected vote-a-rama on health care legislation late into the night, a Capitol employee was seen Thursday wheeling a bed toward the majority leader’s offices.

Photos of the Week: A Health Care Bill Stalemate Hits D.C. Amid Heat Wave
The week of July 17 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

By BILL CLARK and TOM WILLIAMS

The week of July 17 began with health care negotiations in the Senate, amid protests in the hallways of the Senate office buildings, and is coming to an end with an essentially stalled process on a new health care bill in the chamber. The Republican effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature law continued to be the focus of Congress watchers on the Hill this week.

Photos of the Day: Health Care Protests Erupt Across Capitol Hill
Monday saw approximately 80 arrests, according to Capitol Police

The Senate returned from recess Monday and was greeted by protesters who oppose the GOP plan to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law.

Throughout the handful of House and Senate office buildings on Capitol Hill, protesters began demonstrating around 2 p.m. Monday, according to a statement by the United States Capitol Police. As of 4:30 p.m., 80 protesters had been arrested after they “refused to cease and desist” from “unlawful demonstration activities.”

Photos of the Year, So Far: 186 Days Into a New Washington
The first half of 2017 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

BY BILL CLARK and TOM WILLIAMS

2017 is now more than halfway complete. That's right, this weekend was the six-month mark on a year that’s brought a great deal of change to the nation’s capital.

Photos of the Week: July 4 Recess Begins After Senate Health Care Vote Delayed
The week of June 26 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

BY BILL CLARK and TOM WILLIAMS

Members dashed back to their home states after a raucous week in Washington. Tuesday was marked with the news that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had delayed the chamber's vote on its version of a health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The House saw the addition of two new members with the swearings in of Reps. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., and Karen Handel, R-Ga., to replace members who departed for President Donald Trump's Cabinet.

Photos of the Week: House Officially Adds a Member, Georgia Stays Red and Senate Health Care Unveiled
The week of June 19 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

BY BILL CLARK and TOM WILLIAMS

A busy week in politics was capped off with the unveiling on Thursday of the Republican's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Roll Call's photographers captured the scrums of reporters surrounding senators for reactions as they made their way through the Capitol.

The Last Days of the Georgia 6th Special Election, in Photos
The runoff on June 20 has come to a close

The most expensive House race in history has come to a close with the Associated Press calling Georgia's 6th District race for GOP candidate Karen Handel over Democrat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday evening

Play Ball! The 56th Congressional Baseball Game in Photos
The June 15 event as captured by Roll Call's photographers

BY BILL CLARK and TOM WILLIAMS

The Democrats outscored the Republicans to win Roll Call's 56th annual Congressional Baseball Game on Thursday by a score of 11-2. The game at Nationals Park went on in Washington, despite a shooting attack on the Republicans' practice the day before in Virginia that left the third-ranking GOP House member, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, in critical condition. Four others were also injured.

Photos of the Week: Just Another 5 Days in D.C. — Not
The week of June 5 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

The week was dominated by the anticipated appearance, actual appearance and analysis after the appearance of former FBI Director James B. Comey in front of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on Thursday. One day before that, Washington also watched current intelligence officials testify before the same congressional panel — the probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election and what the president might have asked of his officials dominating the news cycle. 

Since the next steps of the investigation are in the hands of the special counsel and could take years to resolve, this week could go down as one of the most prominent in 2017.

Photos of the Week: Congress Scurries to Memorial Day Recess
The week of May 22 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers