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.
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.