Sen. Mark S. Kirk waves to the dozens of members of Congress who lined the Capitol steps to watch him make his way to the chamber for the first time in nearly a year. The Illinois Republican, assisted by Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, left, and Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, has been in rehabilitation since suffering a stroke in January 2012.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.