Sen. Chris Dodd meets his wife, Jackie, and daughters Grace and Christina after giving his farewell speech Tuesday on the Senate floor, capping a 36-year Congressional career. “What will determine whether this institution works or not, what has always determined whether we will fulfill the framers’ highest hopes or justify the cynics’ worst fears, is not the Senate rules, the calendar or the media,” the retiring Connecticut Democrat said. “It is whether each of the 100 Senators can work together — living up to the incredible honor that comes with the title, and the awesome responsibility that comes with the office.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.