Tom Williams

Photos of the Day: Trump on the Hill Ahead of Tax Bill Passage
Thursday, Nov. 16, in photos

Updated at 2:10 p.m.| The House voted Thursday on a GOP plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code. The bill passed 227-205, with 13 Republicans voting against their party’s plan (here’s Roll Call’s full coverage of the vote).

Before the vote, President Donald Trump was at the Capitol to meet with the conference and discuss the bill. 

Photos: 50 Years After Plane Shot Down, McCain Addresses Naval Academy
The POW, former presidential candidate and Senate Armed Services chairman appeared Monday

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Sen. John McCain’s Monday visit to the Naval Academy came less than a week after the 50th anniversary of his plane being shot down over Vietnam and being taken a prisoner of war.

Former Sen. John W. Warner, who served as chairman of the Armed Services Committee as well as secretary of the Navy, introduced his former colleague McCain.

Photos of the Week: Senate Grills Sessions and Adopts Budget
The week of Oct. 16 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

The Senate was the only congressional chamber in session this week as the House recessed for members to spend time in their districts. On the list of what the Senate tackled this week — a hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the adoption of a budget resolution that's another step in the path toward a tax overhaul.

Photos of the Week: House in While Senate's Out, Congressional Football and a Wharf
The week of Oct. 10 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

The House was the only chamber in session this week in Washington. The lawmakers headed out of town Thursday for their own recess. The Senate returns next week. 

The congressional football team played a game against Capitol police officers this week while D.C. leaders christened a new wharf in town. 

Photos of the Week: SCOTUS Is Back, Gun Debate Reignited and Federal Budget Steps
The week of Oct. 2 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

The Supreme Court began its new term this week and heard oral arguments in a case that could determine whether political redistricting is constitutional. And after the Sunday night massacre in Las Vegas, GOP lawmakers appeared Thursday to be coalescing around a bill that would ban bump stocks, a type of device that effectively transforms a semi-automatic rifle into an automatic.

Also this week: The House passed a budget resolution for fiscal year 2018, as the Senate began committee consideration of its own resolution. These steps are meant to pave the way for a tax overhaul measure.

Photos: Scalise Returns to the House for First Time After Shooting
The majority whip was severely injured in a shooting in June

Watch: Scalise's Full Remarks

Photo of the Day: A Bipartisan Embrace
The Senate majority leader announced the health care bill was pulled

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced the latest plan to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law had been pulled from the floor, a Democrat and a Republican embraced.

Photo of the Day: Senate Pages Deliver Defeated Health Care Bill to Archives
Senate GOP repeal effort went down in dramatic vote

To the archives they go.

A group of Senate pages were spotted riding the Capitol subway system Friday with copies of the Republican legislation that was defeated during the party’s attempt to repeal parts of the 2010 health care law. The pages — high school students who spend a semester in Washington, D.C. — were delivering the copies of the bill to the Senate document room.

Batter Up! The 9th Congressional Women's Softball Game in Photos
The June 21 event as captured by Roll Call's photographer

The press team prevailed 2-1 in this year’s Congressional Women’s Softball Game that pits journalists against members of Congress. It’s the ninth annual such event. Bipartisanship was on full display more than ever this year, Alex Gangitano reports, at an event where members from both sides of the aisle have traditionally played on the same team.

The game benefits the Young Survival Coalition that helps young women with breast cancer.

The Day in Photos: Comey Testifies at Senate Intel as D.C. Looks On
June 8 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

ACLI Capital Challenge in Photos: Gallagher is First-Place Member, Cotton Close Behind
The annual three-mile run in Anacostia raises money for the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation

The 36th annual ACLI Capital Challenge is officially in the books for 2017. The 3-mile run at Anacostia Park raises money for the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, which pairs guide dogs with people with disabilities, often war veterans. Members of Congress, staffers and press join teams to raise money for the cause.

Photo of the Day: Seen on the Hill
Two senators chat before an Armed Services hearing Tuesday

Republicans Joni Ernst of Iowa, left, and Deb Fischer of Nebraska talk before the start of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

The hearing in the Dirksen Building featured testimony from Adm. Michael S. Rogers, director of the National Security Agency.

Protesters in D.C. Demand Trump Release His Tax Returns
April 15 event on the National Mall coincides with others across U.S.

As Tax Day approaches on Tuesday, April 18, protesters organized a Saturday demonstration in front of the Capitol to demand that President Donald Trump release his tax returns.

He’s the first president in nearly 40 years to not disclose such information. Similar protests were held across the country.

Photos of the Week: Health Care, Health Care and More Health Care
The week of March 6 on Capitol Hill as captured by Roll Call's photographers

Republicans started the week by rolling out their option to repealing and replacing the 2010 health care law on Monday evening. From there, several news conferences held by GOP leaders — and one headlined by Speaker Paul D. Ryan with series of charts — began the sale of the bill to House members. Some conservatives, however, are on not on board with the plan despite it passing two committees. 

Members Join International Women's Day
House Democratic women wore red and walked out of the chamber on Wednesday

This year, International Women’s Day was also an excuse to skip work in protest. The “A Day Without a Woman” rally aimed to show the economic strength and political clout of women. Here in Washington D.C., participants wore red and gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol and women in the House Democratic Caucus walked out of the chamber to show support....
Newly Elected House Members Arrive for Orientation
Monday marked the start of orientation for representatives elected on Nov. 8

New member orientation kicked off Monday in Washington. The traditional welcome program for newly elected members of Congress began with the freshman class checking in to the Capitol Hill Hotel.

Orientation continues through Wednesday, takes a break for Thanksgiving recess, and starts back up on Tuesday, Nov. 29 and runs through Thursday, Dec. 1.

Roll Call’s Best Photos of Election 2016
From Georgia to Maine to Iowa, a recap of the cycle through the lenses of Roll Call’s photographers

It’s been an election cycle for the history books. As the clock ticks toward election night, Roll Call’s photographers have compiled a few of their favorite moments from their travels with House, Senate and presidential candidates starting in the summer of 2015 through this past weekend....
Photos of the Week: Congress Dashes to the Campaign Trail, National Gallery Wing Reopens
The week of Sept. 26 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

Congress averted a costly (politically and financially) government shutdown this week after both chambers on Wednesday passed a stopgap funding measure to keep the federal lights on through Dec. 9. The president signed the bill into law Thursday.

Earlier in the week, some in the District watched the first presidential debate at the Capitol Lounge, where two impersonators dressed up as Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

Photos of the Week: Inauguration Plans Underway, Edison Statue Unveiled and More
The week of Sept. 19 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

This week in Washington saw the release of a Republican version of a stopgap funding bill to keep the government open after Oct. 1. But Democrats quickly rejected the bill, objecting to some of the text.

Meanwhile, the first nails in the Inauguration Day platform were ceremoniously struck into wood by congressional leaders, a reminder that Jan. 20 is now less than four months away. And a new statue arrived in Statuary Hall in the Capitol — Thomas Edison's mug joined the room for the state of Ohio. 

Leaders Kick Off Inauguration Construction at Capitol
Inauguration Day 2017 is officially on its way

Updated 4:33 p.m.Speaker Paul D. Ryan couldn’t bear to look as Sen. Charles E. Schumer struggled to hammer down his nail during Wednesday’s First Nail ceremony on the West Front of the Capitol. 

Every four years, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies gathers to mark the ceremonial launch of the construction of the inaugural platform that will hold the yet-to-be-determined next president on Inauguration Day. Instead of cutting a ribbon or shoveling some dirt, members of the committee are each called on to pound a nail into the first plank of the platform.