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Photos of the Week: They’re back from recess

The week of July 12 as captured by Roll Call’s photojournalists

Ominous storm clouds pass over the U.S. Capitol building on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Fresh off their Fourth of July recess, Congress came back this week rested and ready to get solve all the problems ... actually, they came back and nothing has changed. 

UNITED STATES - JULY 12: President Donald Trump, accompanied by Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, right, speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday July 12, 2019. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
President Donald Trump, accompanied by outgoing Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, right, speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday. The embattled Acosta resigned his cabinet post amid a plea deal scandal related to Jeffrey Epstein. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 12: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is granted permission to be sworn in to a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing in Rayburn Building where members of Congress testified about their trip to the border of the U.S. and Mexico on Friday, July 12, 2019. Seated from left are, Reps. Michael Cloud, R-Texas, Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., Chip Roy, R-Texas, Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. The hearing was titled "The Trump Administration's Child Separation Policy: Substantiated Allegations of Mistreatment." (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is granted permission to be sworn in during Friday’s House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing where members of Congress testified about their trip to the border of the U.S. and Mexico. Seated from left are, Reps. Michael Cloud, R-Texas, Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., Chip Roy, R-Texas, Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 11: Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., talks with an aide during a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health markup on Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., talks with an aide during the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health markup on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 10: Yazmin Juárez, a migrant from Guatemala whose 19-month old daughter, Mariee, died after becoming sick at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility, testifies during a House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties hearing in Rayburn Building titled "Kids in Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border," on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Yazmin Juárez, a migrant from Guatemala whose 19-month old daughter, Mariee, died after becoming sick at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility, testifies during the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties hearing titled “Kids in Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border,” on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 10: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., comments to reporters as she leaves the closed briefing on election security in the Capitol on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., comments to reporters as she leaves the closed briefing on election security in the Capitol on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 10: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to a closed briefing on election security in the Capitol on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to a closed briefing on election security in the Capitol on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 10: Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., right, Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., and Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., play each other in a video game during an educational event on esports on Capitol Hill on Wednesday July 10, 2019. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
From right, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., and Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., play each other in a video game during an educational event on esports on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 10: Actor Victor Garber, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 11, testifies during a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing in Dirksen Building titled “Redefining Reality: How the Special Diabetes Program is Changing the Lives of Americans with Type 1 Diabetes,” on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Children diagnosed with the disease were on hand for the hearing. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Actor Victor Garber, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 11, testifies during the Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing on diabetes on Wednesday. Children diagnosed with the disease were on hand for the hearing as well. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 9: A staffer hands Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., his constituent photo as Senate and House Democrats prepare to walk down the Senate steps to hold a news conference on the day of oral arguments in Texas v. United States on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Many member carried posters of constituents to hold during the news coneference. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
A staffer hands Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., his constituent photo as Senate and House Democrats prepare to walk down the Senate steps to hold a health care news conference on the day of oral arguments in Texas v. United States on Tuesday. Many members carried posters of constituents who would be affected by the case to hold during the news conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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